The respect is more than mutual.
“I was fortunate to get along with both [Baldwin and Sherman] very well,” Luck told Seattle-area media last week. “I remember in Doug’s last year Stanford really developing a good football rapport with him. I always admired his work ethic and obviously he’s got a lot of physical traits that go well with being an NFL player. I admired his work ethic and football smarts.”
One thing that the Indianapolis quarterback recalls about his former collegiate receiver was his drive to succeed.
“Doug plays with two chips on his shoulders,” Luck smiled. “I remember feeling really comfortable with Doug in his last year of throwing balls up there and saying, ‘Hey Doug, go make a play.’ He had a phenomenal senior year [at Stanford] and it was fun for me to see that a be a small part of that.”
He added that Sherman -- who made the switch from receiver to cornerback -- made quite an impression as well.
“Great football player. I always thought he was a great teammate in the locker room. When he was still on offense, I was always nervous as a freshman throwing the ball to Richard Sherman because he was so fast. He could run like the win, and you didn’t want him to outrun your arm and make you look like a bad quarterback. Then going to defense and how quickly he assimilated was very impressive.”
Now considered one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL, the physically-talented and physically-imposing (6-foot-3, 195-pounds) has recorded 14 total interceptions in little over two seasons in the league.
“I always knew he was a great athlete. Once he made that switch, I think he handled that switch very well, and well all knew that with time he would just keep getting better and better,” Luck said.