Jadeveon Clowney: My goal is to sack Andrew Luck

Jadeveon-ClowneyJadeveon Clowney is hoping to make an impact this season as a rookie with the Houston Texans. In order to do that, the former South Carolina star feels he needs to take down a guy who made an impact as a rookie in 2012.

In a recent video that was posted on the Texans’ official website, Clowney said one of his main goals in 2014 will be sacking Andrew Luck.

“My goal for the rookie season is to try to better myself as a player,” he said, via Pro Football Talk. “And my goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck. He’s in my division, playing him two times a year, he’s a dangerous quarterback, he makes good decisions with the ball, so I just want to get after him and sack him one time.”

That’s certainly a good place to start. Luck is easily the best quarterback in the AFC South division, and the Indianapolis Colts are heavy favorites to repeat as division champions. At age 24 and entering his third NFL season, Luck could be poised for a breakout year. The Texans will need Clowney to get after him — among other things — if they want to take down the Colts.

Bill Walton has no idea who Andrew Luck is (Video)

Bill-WaltonBill Walton is a basketball guy. The two-time NBA and NCAA champion was one of the best players of his generation, and he has entertained us on numerous occasions as a basketball analyst and commentator. Just don’t ask him about football.

Walton was calling the Stanford-Colorado game alongside Dave Pasch on Wednesday night when the ESPN camera crew spotted Andrew Luck in the audience. Luck was there to support his alma mater, and Pasch asked Walton what he thinks of the Indianapolis Colts quarterback as a player. Crickets followed.

“He plays for the Colts,” Pasch said.

Walton replied with an awkward mumble and chuckle before Pasch wisely turned the attention back to the basketball game. The two-time NBA All-Star may know enough about Ray Lewis’ legal troubles to make a limousine joke here or there, but that doesn’t mean he’s a big NFL guy. I’m sure that’s the last time Pasch will put Walton on the spot with an incredibly simple football question.

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Andrew Luck shaved his enormous beard

Andrew Luck beard

It’s a sad day today, as Andrew Luck has shaved his beard, which is a disappointing reminder to Indianapolis Colts fans that the team has been eliminated from the postseason.

Luck met with the media on Monday and his face was clean-shaven, which was a drastic change from how he looked over the past several months:

From what we can tell, Luck began growing his beard in August during the preseason. It started to really come in in October and November, and then it just got massive over the past few weeks. It got so big it started to remind us of the creepy dude who videobombed Erin Andrews:

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Andrew Luck froths at the mouth after touchdown (Video)

Andrew Luck, you are the latest victim of the CBS slow-mo up-close camera. After throwing for another touchdown in the third quarter of the Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots playoff game, Luck was shown on the sidelines frothing at the mouth.

It looked like Luck was just communicating with his teammates, but because he had his mouthpiece in, water (saliva?) was splashing out of his mouth. The slow-motion camera made it look a heck of a lot worse than it probably was in real-time.

Andrew Luck frothing

The previous slow-motion camera victim was Knowshon Moreno, whose tears were magnified.

Image via @MikeTunison

Andrew Luck and Tom Brady had almost identical starts to their careers

Andrew Luck Tom Brady

One was a first overall draft pick while the other infamously wasn’t selected until the sixth round, but Andrew Luck and Tom Brady had remarkably similar starts to their careers.

ESPN’s SportsCenter showed a graphic of their stats in their first 34 career starts, including the playoffs. The similarity in numbers is striking.

Both quarterbacks went 23-11 in their first 34 starts.

Luck: 23-11; 57% completions; 50-31 TD/INT ratio; 81.2 passer rating
Brady: 23-11; 63% completions; 47-31 TD/INT ratio; 83.4 passer rating

That’s not bad, huh?

The one thing this is missing is rushing stats. Luck is very athletic and fast and has rushed for 632 yards and 9 touchdowns. He’s also lost 7 fumbles. Brady barely rushes for any yardage each season and lost 7 fumbles in his first two seasons.

Maybe the rushing would give the edge to Luck so far. Also, remember that Brady’s Pats had a much better defense, which probably gives his record a boost.

Pat McAfee accidentally tweets photo of half-naked Andrew Luck

Pat McAfee Andrew Luck picture

Pat McAfee was just joking around when he tweeted a photo of himself conducting a postgame interview in a funny outfit Saturday, but he ended up inadvertently sharing a picture of a half-naked Andrew Luck with the world.

“This is how a legend handles interviews boys & girls..Business on the top, party on the bottom,” McAfee captioned his photo, which features kicker Adam Vinatieri in a dress shirt and sweater on the upper half and towel covering his lower body.

McAfee’s outfit was funny, but he totally missed that his quarterback was barely dressed in the background. If it weren’t for the Colts chair and guy with the cell phone, we would have seen a lot more of Luck than we wanted to.

McAfee initially cracked a joke about his blunder, but he later was much more apologetic.

You’re lucky all his parts were covered, McAfee. Well, that is unless Luck turned out to be the next Visanthe Shiancoe, in which case he would have received a whole new set of job offers.

Andrew Luck recovers Donald Brown fumble, scores touchdown (GIF)

Things literally were bouncing the Colts’ way in the fourth quarter of their playoff game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Just as soon as the NBC announcers mentioned that Donald Brown had never lost a fumble in his career, the Colts running back of course fumbled. Luckily the ball deflected off one of his teammate’s helmet, and Andrew Luck alertly picked it up and punched it in for a touchdown. The wild TD allowed Indy to make the game the closest it had been since the first quarter, which was quite impressive considering they trailed by 28 early in the third quarter.

You gotta love Luck’s Superman full extension:

Andrew Luck touchdown

GIF via @BuzzFeedSports