Indianapolis, IN, April 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- As Super Bowl XLVI took place on Lucas Oil Stadium’s FieldTurf this past February, the Indianapolis Colts were gearing up for the NFL Draft. The extravaganza is set to take place on April 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and the Colts have eliminated all the drama by announcing the team will select quarterback Andrew Luck from Stanford University. Hardly a surprise, Luck was deemed by most experts as the consensus #1 pick – and he’ll be set to join his new team playing on the #1 artificial turf in the industry. Like father like son, Luck’s father Oliver is the Athletic Director at West Virginia University – another member of the FieldTurf family. Andrew looks to continue on that theme of playing on FieldTurf as he embarks into his NFL career.
Luck has some hefty shoes to fill, as the team turns a new page following the Peyton Manning era. Manning was let go in the offseason, as he missed the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury that left some questioning whether he can return to full strength. With the top pick locked up after the season, the Colts were assured a shot at drafting Luck, and experts believe he may be the next great up-and-coming quarterback in the league. Luck dominated the college scene. In his 3 years at Stanford, Luck accumulated just under 10,000 passing yards, 82 touchdown passes, and completed 67% of his throws. In 2010, Luck rushed for over 450 yards – flashing that elite athletic ability he possess and the skillset that makes him such a unique and dynamic player. These numbers should translate very nicely to Lucas Oil Stadium, as the FieldTurf will allow Luck to use his legs on the fast surface and plant himself firmly when making deep throws. The NFL’s best rushers last year dominated on FieldTurf, players such as Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons and Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks. Both the Falcons and Seahawks play on FieldTurf, and it was not a coincidence these players put up career years. FieldTurf is safe, durable and most important for NFL players: dependable – as the surface truly enhances player performance and puts them in the best position to succeed. The NFLPA was surveyed in 2010 and FieldTurf was voted as the #1 artificial surface by the players. FieldTurf was voted as the best 3 times in a row, a sentiment that truly reflects the state of mind regarding the NFL and its affiliation with FieldTurf.
Andrew Luck looks to join an impressive cast of quarterbacks who also call FieldTurf home. Super Bowl champ Eli Manning of the New York Giants plays on FieldTurf as does his opponent from XLVI, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Both these player are world class, and support FieldTurf wholeheartedly.
“It’s (FieldTurf) always nice,” said Brady in a 2006 press conference. “I think the quarterbacks like it (FieldTurf) because you can plant really well. It’s different than playing out there in our (old) sand pit because you can dig and push off. I think everybody really likes the surface.”
Other top quarterbacks that play on FieldTurf include Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. While Luck will be expected to carry the load for these new-look Colts into the next decade, FieldTurf will be proud watching Luck grow into the player everyone expects him to be on our turf!
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