INDIANAPOLIS — The National Football League on Saturday night confirmed what we've known for months: Andrew Luck is back.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has been named the AP's NFL Comeback Player of the Year for the 2018 season. Luck is the third player in Colts franchise history to be named AP Comeback Player of the Year, and joins kicker Jim Martin (1963) and running back Lenny Moore (1964).
After missing the entire 2017 season as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Luck turned in perhaps his best-overall season of his career in 2018. He completed 430-of-639 passes (67.3 percent) for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a 98.7 passer rating, setting single-season career highs in completions, attempts, completion percentage and passer rating.
Luck’s passing yards and passing touchdowns were the second-best marks of his career. He ranked in the top-five in the NFL in passing touchdowns (second), attempts (second), completions (second) and yards (fifth). From Weeks 4-12, Luck threw three or more touchdown passes in eight consecutive games, which was the longest streak in the NFL this season and tied for the second-longest in league history.
Luck, a Pro Bowl selection in 2018 for the fourth time in his career, helped the Colts become the third team in NFL history to start a season 1-5 and make the playoffs. Additionally, Indianapolis was the second team in NFL history to start a season 1-5 and win a playoff game.
A finalist for the NFL’s 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, Luck was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November (second of his career) as well as FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for Week 12. He also earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 11 (fifth of his career) and was named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year.
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