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Middle School, Or Now, Andrew Luck Still A Big Fan Of Andre Johnson

Intro: Whether it’s 2003 or 2015, Andrew Luck is one happy camper to be hearing Andre Johnson’s name again.





INDIANAPOLIS – There are times in listening to Andrew Luck that you forget that this 25-year-old is one of the game's brightest young stars

Wednesday was one of those times.

Andrew, what was your initial reaction to the Andre Johnson signing?

"I said, 'Wow, Andre, sweet,' a giddy Luck, said on Wednesday.

"I was in middle school when (Johnson) was drafted by the Texans. I remember watching him and being excited when he got drafted to the hometown team. Now I get to play with him, so it's cool. It really is."

When Luck got on the field with Johnson earlier this week though, any throws from the Colts quarterback looked anything but elementary.

In 12 seasons in Houston, Johnson's quarterback situation was a revolving door.

That isn't an issue in Indianapolis.

"(Luck) throws a great ball and is probably the best quarterback I ever played with," Johnson said on Wednesday.

"I'm excited about the opportunity. I just can't wait to continue to keep working with him."

This week's introduction is the first extensive opportunity that Luck and Johnson have gotten to work together.

Johnson's new beginning in Indianapolis is a "breath of fresh air" for the seven-time Pro Bowler after a "frustrating" final two seasons in Houston.

Any new environment at this point in a player's career is daunting, but Johnson feels like he's fitting in with a locker next to new running back, and fellow 'U' product, Frank Gore.

"It's a great group of guys," Johnson said of the Colts. "They welcomed me with open arms and guys that are very excited that work their butts off. I'm just here finding my way and trying to fit in.

"Every day I'm here I'm trying to better myself as a player and in the classroom. Learn what's going on, learn the offense, so that I can go out and perform at a high level."

Ever since Johnson singed with the Colts last month, he's shared his enjoyment in joining an "explosive" wide receiver group.

It's a room of guys around 10 years younger than Johnson, but it's also a group that has the potential to rank among the league's most diverse, and dynamic.

"There's a lot of talent in that room," Johnson said. "We're all out there trying to help each other and make each other better so that we can go out and perform well as a group every Sunday."

Whether Johnson likes it or not, the game on the 2015 calendar that will carry the most headlines doesn't fall on a Sunday.

A Thursday night in early October sees Johnson and the Colts heading down to Houston.

There's no more decorated player in Texans franchise history than Johnson. However, he was quick to point out on Wednesday that exacting any revenge is underselling his priorities in Indianapolis.

"I've got bigger goals than just playing against the Texans," Johnson said.

"When you're in a situation where you can pick what team you want to go to, that's the biggest decision (finding a Super Bowl team). That's the reason why I'm here. I feel like this is the best place where I can be able to accomplish that. That's why I chose to come play with the Colts."

A behind the scenes look as Andre Johnson takes a tour of the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. He is accompanied by new teammate Frank Gore.

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