Stratford alum Andrew Luck has been announced as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 was announced ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 10. One of the class’s 21 members, 18 players and three coaches, was Andrew Luck, who had a prolific career as a quarterback at Stanford University.

Before being a record quarterback at Stanford, Luck, a member of the class of 2008 from Stratford High School, was one of the Spartans’ best quarterbacks.

Paige Hershey, now Spring Branch ISD’s executive athletic director, who was the district’s associate athletic director during Luck’s time at Stratford, wasn’t surprised at the success he found after his stint as a Spartan.

“Andrew was an outstanding student-athlete early in his high school career, and he did some things early on as a young quarterback for head football coach Eliot Allen who spoke of greatness to come. “, she said. “What stands out more than anything, however, is his commitment to being the best, whether as a starting quarterback or a member of the boys’ basketball team.”

In his three years as a starter for the Stratford football team, Luck threw for 7,027 yards and 53 touchdowns.

He led the Spartans to 27 wins, including three in the playoffs.

He was also a class co-valedictorian.

“For Stratford alumni, it’s a huge honor to see one of our own recognized like this,” said current Stratford football coach and campus athletic director Todd Rankin, who was not at Stratford while Luck was there. “Everyone is extremely proud of what he was able to accomplish in college and in the NFL. Andrew’s legacy runs deep in the football program at Stratford. Coaches constantly talk about how he tackled athletics and studies, and, at the same time, he was a great guy to be around.

Luck was a four-star rookie and was the No. 42 rookie in his class nationally, the No. 5 rookie in his class in Texas, and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in his class.

He chose Stanford over offers from Alabama, Northwest, Purdue and Rice.

For the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Luck was the PAC-10/PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy runner-up, and a first-team All-American.

“I definitely became a huge Stanford football fan and regularly watched his games after high school game nights in Tully,” Hershey said.

The chance was taken with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

During his six seasons as a Colts quarterback, Luck threw for 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns and led the team to 53 wins.

Luck announced his retirement from the NFL in the summer of 2019.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Luck said in an interview with ESPN the night of the announcement. “I’m so happy to share it with Stanford who meant so much to me while I was there and ever since.”

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2022 into the College Football Hall of Fame will be held Dec. 6 at a location to be determined.

The College Football Hall of Fame is located in Atlanta.

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