Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck drives opponents crazy by thanking them for sacking him.
Last month, New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich pulverized Luck as the Patriots went on to beat the Colts, 42-20.
Ninkovich told The Wall Street Journal that he found himself paralyzed with confusion by Luck’s congratulations.
He blurted out, “Thanks for…uh…accepting that hit?” before running back to the huddle.
I mean, what are you supposed to say?
If a defensive lineman sacks Luck, or makes a hard tackle, Luck says “great job” or “what a hit.”
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll hit Luck hard on several occasions. Carroll remembered the first time he knocked Luck down right after Luck threw a pass. Carroll walked back to the huddle and heard, “Great job, Nolan!”
Carroll turned around, and thought it was a teammate.
“Then I realized it was Luck who said it,” Carroll said. “I’m like ‘what’s going on? Aren’t you supposed to be mad?’”
In fact, The Wall Street Journal contacted 12 NFL players who sacked or tackled Luck. Each player said he received the same message — a compliment.
“You know if you hear a quarterback get mad, you are in his head,” Carroll said. “With Luck, you thought you hurt the guy, you hear ‘good job’ and you just say ‘aw, man.’”
Luck refused to comment. But his father shed some light on his son’s odd behavior:
“My wife and I raised all four of our kids with appropriate values, with respect for other people, and to be kind and generous,” said Oliver Luck. “I guess that carried over to the football field.”
Don’t you just hate that?
The Colts (10-4) clinched the AFC South and are headed to the playoffs.
A word of warning to opponents: We hope you can handle the compliments.