Did Andrew Luck have his Michael Jordan moment?

Did Andrew Luck have his Michael Jordan moment?
January 5, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Jake Flannigan

How good is Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck? Well, that is still to be determined, but Sunday's epic comeback 45-44 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs will only help his legend grow.

In Chicago, Michael Jordan will always be the greatest athlete of all-time, regardless of the sport. Jordan's legacy is not that he was the best, but that he was his best when it mattered most. Six NBA championships and as many Finals MVP trophies are the end result of countless classic postseason moments.

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One of the most famous came during Game 5 of a first round NBA playoff series in which the Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. You may remember the moment as "The Shot". While Luck's fumble recovery and dive for a touchdown didn't exactly have the same impact as a game-winning basket over Craig Ehlo, the Colts comeback as a whole is arguably an even greater feat. 

NFL Network's Albert Breer spoke with Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson after the win, who made it clear he believes Luck's late heroics against the Chiefs on Saturday was so good, it was almost Jordan-esque in a way.

“He’s always been a different animal in the fourth quarter, his whole life,” Grigson said. “And just even hearing the story from his uncle [and agent, Will Wilson]. He relishes those moments. It’s like Jordan when he’d take that last shot — he wants the ball. This guy, we’re so blessed, he wants the ball in those situations. Other guys don’t want the ball; they want to hand it off. They don’t really want it — they’re gonna be half-stepping it. This kid is gonna rear back and throw a bomb when he has all the pressure on him. And that’s a thing of beauty. You’re born with that.”

Do you feel the two moments are comparable? Is Luck's touchdown as good or greater than "The Shot" by Jordan?