Some NFL players have foundations. Others have football camps. Andrew Luck has a book club.
On Monday, the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts launched the Andrew Luck Book Club online and on social media. It’s something he says he’s been tossing around for a year and a half or so.
The Stanford graduate’s passion for reading is well documented. Luck says he gets asked about the books he’s reading all the time. And he loves to share his recommendations. So much so, it’s earned him a title: unofficial librarian of the NFL.
And it’s a badge he’s happy to wear.
“I know how important reading is in my life. It’s definitely what I do to get away, to escape, for enjoyment. Hopefully I can pass that joy along per se, and encourage some other folks to read that maybe wouldn’t pick up a book or maybe folks that do. It should be fun.”
Amongst his teammates, Luck says he’s handed off books to Joe Reitz, Anthony Castonzo, Matt Hasselbeck, and others.
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“I gave Matt a book and he gave it to his wife to read instead of him. I thought it was hilarious. It was called ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ I’m reading the book, and he’s a character in the book. It takes place in Seattle in like the mid-2000s. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh. I’ve got to give this to him.’”
Center Khaled Holmes is also a reader. He majored in communications and classic literature at USC. Asked if he and Luck exchange titles, he said it’s definitely more of a one-way street.
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“It’s part of who he is. His character, his personality, it’s all that. I think it’s a really cool thing he’s doing.”
Guard Hugh Thornton said he hasn’t taken book recommendations from Luck, but he would.
“I’ll tell you what, Andrew is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, as far as just people, not even football players. And that translates onto the football field. I’d take advice from him on just about anything.”
So, if he says to read a book?
“I’d say, ‘How many books?’”
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Tackle Anthony Castonzo doesn’t see himself joining the Andrew Luck Book Club.
“Not the stuff that he’s reading,” he says. “I’m not into the war, all the different weird things that he reads.”
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The good news is that punter Pat McAfee also launched a club. And it’s one Castonzo may be more interested in.
“It didn’t get as much pub as the book club, but I launched a Cliff Notes club yesterday. We’ll be reviewing the same books that are in the club, just an hour before the meeting. It’s for those of us that don’t have the attention span to read the whole book, but still want to be associated with Andrew.”
Just a quick heads up gang.. I've decided to launch a cliff notes club.
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Luck has selections for rookies (young readers) and veterans (adults) and his picks will correspond with the NFL schedule: the offseason, mini camp, summer training, and preseason. During the season, he plans to bring in guest athletes to make picks for him.
But even when he’s tied up with football, Luck still finds time to read.
“I probably read every day just before going to bed for 20 minutes. When I have some free time on the weekends, I’ll read on the couch, sitting around, flying. I spend some time on airplanes, and I think reading is my favorite way to sort of make the time pass. There are a lot of great places to read.”
And a lot of great books to read in them.
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For more information on the Andrew Luck Book Club and to see his first selections, go to: AndrewLuckBookClub.com.