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INDIANAPOLIS – Drew Brees has bounced back from a serious throwing shoulder injury before and still continued to turn in Hall of Fame numbers.
Colts fans are hoping Andrew Luck will be another quarterback to follow that path.
On Wednesday, Brees joined ‘The Ride With JMV’ on 1070 The Fan and touched on the rehab of Luck.
The former Purdue quarterback even tossed out a bold prediction for how Luck will bounce back in 2018, after the Colts quarterback has not played football since Week 17 of the 2016 season.
“By all accounts, Andrew, especially this offseason, has really worked his tail off to get back to where he’s going to be able to compete at a high level,” Brees said to JMV.
“I’m calling it right now, it’s either him or Darren Sproles for NFL Comeback Player of the Year for the 2018 season, co-winners of the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.”
Back in October, Luck touched on having conversation with Brees about working through such a major shoulder injury.
“I hesitate to speak too much about that conversation because I do think it’s personal in a sense, but he obviously went through a very traumatic shoulder injury early in his career,” Luck said. “And so, he’s always been very, very kind to me and (to) I think a bunch of guys around the league. I know I looked up to him when I was coming out of high school, and so we talked a lot about the process and what he went through and some of the similarities and differences in things that we were dealing with. And so, I know it helped on certain things (to) put my mind at ease hearing form someone in a similar situation that had gone through a similar situation.
“I’m very grateful for him for taking the time out to speak with me and I continue to rely on him as a resource.”
Brees continues to work out with quarterback guru Tom House in southern California.
Luck also spent ample time with House earlier this offseason, trying to re-build the fundamentals in his own throwing motion, especially in the lower body.
“There’s so many elements to Tom House,” Brees said to JMV. “We’ve been working together for 15 years. I was his first football player. He was exclusively baseball prior to that. But there’s so much carryover just with throwers in general, whether you are talking about a baseball pitcher or a quarterback, or anyone swinging anything, a tennis player, a golfer, you name it. At the end of the day, it’s about how do you perform at the highest level? How do you prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, to prepare and then compete? And do it on a consistent basis time and time again at a very high level.
“It’s extremely difficult, and without a guy like him in my life to guide me through some really tough times early in my career, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now. I still spend a lot of time with him now. I just saw him (Tuesday) as I prep for camp. Just constantly going back and building on the foundation by which I can build each and every year. Because really you go back to the basics at the beginning of every offseason just so you can reestablish that foundation by which you are going to build, build, build and go out and perform at a high level during the season.”
The Colts will report to Training Camp on Wednesday, July 25 with their first practice coming the following afternoon at Grand Park in Westfield.