Not just by torching them with his arm but using his mouth as well.
“His idea of trash talk is complimenting people,” said
And it works, too. The Wall Street Journal talked to several defenders who have been on the receiving end of Luck's tremendously enthusiastic and positive remarks, which seem to come after the star player has been hit hard or even knocked down.
“You know if you hear a quarterback get mad, you are in his head,”
According to the Journal, another one of Luck's favorite compliments is "What a hit!"
It's really a brilliant strategy. Not only does it confuse opponents, it may also make them think twice about just how hard they deliver their hits in the future.
"You want to say thank you, but then you say, 'Wait a second -- I'm not supposed to like you!' " Redskins linebacker Kerrigan said.
Murphy said it's really not a strategy at all, just Luck's genuine personality. Back at Stanford, Murphy said, Luck would even praise opponents' hits on him in the middle of film sessions.