INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 17: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is seen in the bench area during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Andrew Luck Makes Football Comeback With Coaching Role

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has made his comeback to the football field, serving as a high school coach.

While many remember former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for his abrupt retirement before the 2019 season, the 29-year-old and four-time Pro Bowler was excellent during his time in the NFL. Now he's passing that knowledge onto young players at Palo Alto High School.

Located on the east side of El Camino Real, Luck has returned to the football field for the first time since saying he needed to remove himself from the game. 

It took just one day for him to learn the plays.

"The first week he got here, we have our whole playbook and he walks in not knowing any of our plays," Palo Alto senior quarterback Declan Parker said. "The next day he comes, he knew every single play. It was crazy — he knows everything about football."

Luck, now 33, returned to the Bay Area last fall to start his master's program at Stanford's School of Education. The Mercury News asked to interview Luck. He declined but did mention he has aspirations to coach. 

Dave DeGeronimo, the coach of Palo Alto, said Luck reached out via email last fall, but Geronimo initially missed the email. Luck then called to follow up and spoke to Palo Alto athletic director Jennifer Crane in April to make the connection. 

"I was going to take whatever he could offer," DeGeronimo said.
Today, Luck coaches twice weekly, including time with the JV team. The practices progressed from individual passing drills to working on quarterback/wide receiver timing.
"It's great to have someone of that caliber on your staff," DeGeronimo said. "The kids love it."
Parker, the quarterback of the team, is already seeing improvements. He completed 58% of his passes for 1,728 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. This season, he's completing 66% of his passes for 637 yards and seven touchdowns through three games.
"I challenge anyone in the CCS to have better quarterback coaches than Palo Alto," DeGeronimo said. "[Our quarterbacks] are getting a lot of individual attention from two great guys that work well together."
While it may not be in the capacity fans are hoping for, Luck is back in the sport of football, and this time, it's on his terms.

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