Former Stanford star quarterback Andrew Luck has been largely reclusive in his post-playing career and does not have a public social media presence.
Some things permeate into the real world, though.
Luck, in a rare public appearance since retiring before the 2019 NFL season, went on Amazon’s Thursday Night Football postgame show in full Union Army regalia — a blue jacket and hat — bringing to life a meme from yesteryear.
The Capt. Andrew Luck Twitter account came to life in 2015 and, well, you kind of have to read it to understand. Here’s the tweet that celebrated the final victory of his playing career, a playoff win over Houston:
Dearest mother —
My time away from home shall be extended. The unit was victorious over the Texan men. Stupendous! It was a hard fought battle, but our lines held strong. I am so thrilled, my pen trembles as I write. My sidearm and resolve are true. I love you.
— NFL on Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) September 22, 2023
The person controlling the account told the Indianapolis Star in 2019 that it was born out of a photo gallery of NFL stars transported into various periods of history.
Luck came onto the show following the 49ers’ win at Levi’s Stadium over the New York Giants for a trivia contest between Stanford alumni (himself, Richard Sherman and Sam Schwartzstein) and Cal alums (Tony Gonzalez, Steve Mariucci, Nnamdi Asomugha).
He was asked a question about a former Cal student whose art collection formed the basis of a Los Angeles museum, and answered correctly (J. Paul Getty). But unlike the Union Army, Luck’s Cardinal crew lost as the Golden Bears won on a tie-breaking question about how many Cal and Stanford grads Amazon analyst and Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick had played with in the NFL (25).
This is not the first time Luck has been back on a football field since retiring: Just last week, this news organization reported that Luck has been working as a quarterbacks coach at Palo Alto High in between graduate classes at Stanford. He’s pursuing a master’s in education, not strategic intelligence.
We salute you, Capt. Luck.
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