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October 4, 2013

Luck ready to face former teammates

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s safe to say that a pair of Seattle Seahawks starters -- wide receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman -- know a lot about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. After all, they were college teammates at Stanford.

And Russell Wilson is very familiar with Luck, as both were members of last year’s celebrated National Football League quarterback draft class.

Baldwin, in particular, is a big fan of the Colts’ second-year signal caller.

“I’m on record as saying that I believe Andrew Luck can be the greatest quarterback to ever played the game of football,” he said earlier this week.

“Andrew is everything that you want in a quarterback. Both a pocket passer and a guy who is able to make plays on the run with his legs. He’s smart, highly intelligent. I’ve seen him do some unbelievable things that I still can’t believe that a quarterback was able to do in practice at Stanford and obviously in games. I have tremendous respect for that guy.”

A two-year starter at Stanford, Baldwin knows a good quarterback when he sees one. He has quickly bonded with Wilson in Seattle and is the Seahawks’ leading receiver through the first four games (12 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown).

As an undrafted rookie in 2011, Baldwin led Seattle with 51 receptions for 788 yards and four touchdowns. That total dropped to 29 catches for 366 yards and three TDs last year.

But as close as he’s gotten with his current quarterback, it hasn’t changed his thoughts on Luck. Baldwin certainly isn’t surprised by the early success that the Colts quarterback has enjoyed over the last year.

“He took control of a team that really didn’t have much around him and he took them to the playoffs,” he said. “They didn’t have a defense and didn’t have a running game. But they made it to the playoffs. He had a bunch of fourth quarter victories.”

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