Colts quarterback Andrew Luck loves football, but he is not a fan of the fame that comes with it. That much is clear.
He’s never told us that, but it’s communicated in his weekly media availabilities as he effusively communicates very little. Luck clearly believes that his health is a private matter, and he is not eager to share the details of his various diagnoses and treatments.
Coach Frank Reich defers to Luck when discussing health, but owner Jim Irsay says all kinds of things when quizzed about Luck being on the shelf. Whether his comments are driven by a desire to open fans’ wallets or simply please them, who knows? But he is always incredibly optimistic.
GM Chris Ballard probably came the closest to telling the truth yesterday in discussing a change in the diagnosis from Irsay’s claim of a bone problem to a condition with his high ankle. Ballard released the tension by relating that Luck was not likely to play in the final three preseason games. That bought Luck a couple of weeks to rehab in peace and quiet.
Fame can be a difficult companion for those who want to maintain a private life, but transparency is always best. A craving for privacy brings the appearance of secrecy, and secrecy activates the media’s desire to investigate. The truth satisfies the media, and ironically deflates the public curiosity that drives famous people crazy.
We are big fans of the truth, so here are 10 truths about the Colts and Luck’s ankle/calf:
- No one knows when the pain will go away..
- Everyone wants to know when Luck will be pain free, and Luck is at the top of that list.
- This story is exhausting for everyone – Luck, the Colts, fans, and media.
- Jacoby Brissett may be a nice guy and talented back-up, but he’s not Andrew Luck.
- The Colts can win a Super Bowl with Luck at QB, but may not make the playoffs with Brissett as the starter.
- Luck hates being famous.
- Ballard is an honest man with a track record of telling the truth.
- Jim Irsay should be encouraged to avoid interviews.
- As long as Luck has an aversion to telling the complete truth, the rantings of conspiracy theorists will be plausible.
- The Colts will finish the season with a better record than the Chicago Bears whether or not Luck plays this season.