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Oliver Luck, the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, will be the first commissioner and CEO of the rebooted XFL.

Luck, who currently works for the NCAA in its eligibility department, will vacate his post and relocate from Indianapolis to Connecticut for the new job.

“The XFL will be a labor of love as I get to combine my experiences as a player and executive,” Luck wrote in an email to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I’m thrilled to have this unique opportunity to reimagine the game that has been a constant in my life for 40 years.”

The XFL is set for relaunch in 2020. Its founder, WWE chairman Vince McMahon, tried to get the league off the ground in 2001 but it folded after one season.

Luck has a wealth of executive experience in the sports industry and previously served as president of the now-defunct NFL Europe.

“Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football,” McMahon said in a statement. “His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL.”

The 58-year-old Luck had a short playing career in the NFL, suiting up for the Houston Oilers from 1982-86.

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay expressed confidence Monday that Andrew Luck has finally “turned the corner” in his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery, which he underwent over 14 months ago.

“All indicators are (the) healing is going really well, and we feel really optimistic that he’s turned the corner and has a full decade ahead of him of excellence,” Irsay said, according to Mike Chappell of WTTV. “That’s a long period of time.”

While Colts general manager Chris Ballard said last week the team intends to ease Luck back into workouts in April, Irsay hopes his franchise player will be able to let loose.

“I expect him to throw quite a bit,” Irsay said. “I expect him to channel his Brett Favre, if you will, and just say ‘The hell with it. Let’s go play football; let’s go rock and roll.”

Luck missed the entirety of the 2017 season and the Colts limped to a 4-12 record without him. However, after a year of uncertainty, Luck eased concerns in February by ruling out a second procedure on his throwing shoulder.

Andrew Luck has serious questions to answer about his health before the Indianapolis Colts can truly begin to think of crafting the offense around him in 2018, but the quarterback is already pumped to dive into new head coach Frank Reich’s playbook.

The former Philadelphia Eagles coordinator promised his offense will be a no-huddle scheme that’s “uptempo,” “aggressive,” and “attacking” during his introductory press conference Tuesday – a philosophy that has Luck salivating.

“That sounds great,” Luck said, according to Andrew Walker of the Colts’ official site. “I know all the best offenses that I’ve been a part of in my career, we’ve not been static and we’ve attacked. And I’m sure he’ll have a great flavor and we’ll involve as many people as we can, and attacking defenses is what it’s all about.”

The former No. 1 pick has played under three offensive coordinators in six seasons, all boasting radically different schemes that didn’t always maximize the pivot’s skill set.

However, Luck’s always excelled while working at a fast pace and taking shots downfield, so his pairing with Reich not only provides long-term stability but the chance for the quarterback to play in his ideal offense.

The Indianapolis Colts‘ search for a new head coach is underway.

Chuck Pagano was fired Sunday after leading the team to a disappointing 4-12 season. The franchise is now looking for an ideal candidate to replace him.

“I’m really excited about where we’re headed and the direction that we’re going,” team owner Jim Irsay said Monday in a joint press conference with general manager Chris Ballard, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve had a chance to work with Chris and to see what kind of general manager the Colts have, it’s something that reinforces the hire that was made.”

The duo said they won’t look specifically for an offensive or defensive specialist, and previous head coaching experience will not be a requirement for the job. Ballard said the entire interview process – including the candidates – will be kept internal.

But, he does have one specific ask:

“I want somebody who wants to come to the Indianapolis Colts. I don’t want somebody who’s just coming here for Andrew Luck,” Ballard said, according to RTV6 Indianapolis.

Luck, the franchise quarterback, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. He recently returned from a rehab stint in the Netherlands and will resume throwing soon.

Irsay believes Luck will make a triumphant return.

“If you told me last year that he would’ve missed the whole year, I would not have believed you. Would not,” Irsay said, according to Holder.

“I have no doubt in my mind that Andrew is going to come back. That kid is a special kid. Special. He was born to do great things in the National Football League,” he added, via Mike Wells of ESPN.

Amid reports that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is visiting specialists to determine why he’s experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, he’s not close to returning to practice with the team, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Head coach Chuck Pagano officially ruled out Luck for this week’s practices, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Luck made his much-anticipated return to practice in early October, but had a setback, the team announced on Oct. 18, and hasn’t practiced since.

While the Colts have not made any decision on Luck’s status moving forward, current circumstances suggest the possibility of him playing in any games this season is also in jeopardy.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be going anywhere, according to his agent, Will Wilson.

Early Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said there has been a gap between Luck and the Colts, and the franchise quarterback’s time in Indianapolis could be coming to an end.

“Quite simply and succinctly, there’s no truth to that comment at all,” Wilson said, according to ESPN.

“Andrew did a long-term deal and he did it for a reason: He wants to be with the Colts and he’s committed to the Colts. It’s as simple as that. He looks forward to the opportunity to play when he’s ready. He wants to get out there when he’s ready, obviously. He’s just going through rehab; it’s the process he’s going through.”

On Wednesday’s show, Greenberg cited a “general sense” from around the league that Luck is growing tired of the Colts.

“Even with that enormous contract and that enormous talent, we could be seeing, right before our eyes, the end of the Andrew Luck era in Indianapolis,” he said.

Luck signed a six-year, $140-million contract in June 2016.

He’ll remain sidelined for Week 2 following offseason shoulder surgery, after watching his team get dismantled 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener.

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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”