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The choice means Indy has a rare opportunity to transition from one star quarterback to another.

Miami and Denver are more the norm. Each team has spent more than a decade searching for replacements for Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and John Elway, who was drafted by the Baltimore Colts at No. 1 in 1983.

The exceptions, of course, are Green Bay and San Francisco. Both teams made seamless transitions, from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers and Joe Montana to Steve Young. All four quarterbacks won Super Bowls and the Colts are hoping they’ll join that list.

Luck thinks he can do it, but only if he can play like his old self.

“I realize you could go crazy trying to measure yourself to Peyton Manning every day. That would be an insane way to live,” Luck told local reporters during a conference call. “I know his legendary status, really. He was my hero growing up. Huge shoes to try and fill if you’re trying to do that. I’ll just put my best foot forward and work hard every day. If one day I can be mentioned alongside Peyton as one of the football greats, that would be a football dream come true.”