Luck's first test: Replacing Peyton

Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
Posted: September 09, 2012

Steve Young understands Andrew Luck's challenge in Indianapolis.

The rookie quarterback will get peppered with comparisons to Peyton Manning, contend with supportive and critical fans who seek him out around town, and will have every part of his professional life scrutinized over the season.

Yes, Luck has the toughest job in pro football - trying to replace a popular Super Bowl-winning quarterback who has relocated.

"If you're always trying to live through the comparison, it will wear you out," said Young, one of the few athletes who has successfully navigated these treacherous waters. "But you can turn it around. It's not easy, but if you say to yourself that 'all that's been put in front of me is a tremendous opportunity,' then you can deal with it."

Young was the first of three NFL quarterbacks to face such a grueling transition. He took over for the injured Joe Montana in 1991, a starting job that wasn't firmly his until San Francisco traded Montana to Kansas City in 1993.

More than a decade later, Aaron Rodgers joined the list when he replaced three-time MVP Brett Favre, who retired following the 2007 season. Then Rodgers had to contend with the distracting ordeal of Favre's changing his mind and wanting to return. Eventually, the Packers took the same path as San Francisco, trading Favre to the New York Jets and keeping the younger guy.

Vikings bid for Super Bowl

The Minnesota Vikings have made a formal bid to host a Super Bowl.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirms the team's application to host either the 2018, 2019, or 2020 Super Bowls has been received. The 2018 game will be awarded at league meetings in May 2014, and the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls will be picked at the same forum the following two years.

This season's championship game is set for New Orleans, with the 2014 Super Bowl going to New Jersey and 2015 headed to Arizona. The 2016 and 2017 games will be awarded next May.

New York's dueling QBs

Santonio Holmes said that Mark Sanchez was "rattled" by the Tim Tebow trade, but the New York Jets' backup quarterback isn't so sure.

"I don't know that he was rattled," Tebow said, two days before the Jets open their season at home against the Buffalo Bills. "He called me a few hours after [the trade] happened, and we had a great talk, and I [feel] like our relationship has been great ever since - even before that."

Sanchez and Tebow have said all the right things publicly about their much ballyhooed "quarterback battle" since the trade, but Sanchez felt differently when it first happened, Holmes said.

A tribute to Modell

The Cleveland Browns plan to have an "appropriate recognition" for the late Art Modell at the season opener against the Eagles on Sunday.

Modell died Thursday at the age of 87 from natural causes.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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