Perhaps it started as a small conversation piece around two years ago, when teammates referenced their past for a particular conversation.
Steve Valdiserri didn't recall a specific one when they lived across the hall during his freshman year at DePauw University, but its not hard to find a conversation topic with Will King these days.
"Yeah, he gets a lot of crap about it," said the senior defensive back of the DePauw starting quarterback, who just happens to have a connection to one of the most talked about college football players in the country.
Andrew Luck, the standout quarterback for Stanford whose considered a strong contender for the Heisman Tropy, was once backed up by King at Stratford High School in Houston, Texas. As his number of solid performances has piled up, the inquiries to the Tigers quarterback how grown as well.
"I always knew he was destined for big things, having been his friend and watching how he carries himself week in and week out," said King of Luck, but the connection has become more of a conversation topic the past month.
With the Colts trudging towards a winless season ten weeks into the NFL year, the chances increase that Luck may end up in Indianapolis. The quarterback is considered a lock at the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and the Colts currently sit two games behind of the other teams for the league's worst record.
Just take that attention on King before and crank it up a couple of notches.
"A lot of people's Facebook pages have the luck jersey on it too," said King. "You have to be happy for the guy, he deserves all the credit in the world."
It's a premise to every conversation that the DePauw senior has about his former teammate and friend, who he talks to about once a month. King insists that its his ability to lead and stay grounded is as valuable as the gaudy stats he's accumulated over the past few seasons.
"The things a lot of pundits have been saying about him are true. He really is a very, very humble guy, very unassuming but he's a great teammate, great leader, leads by example," said King of Luck. "He can be 'rah rah' but that's not necessarily the way I feel like his style was.
"He worked hard week in, week out."
Staying that way could have been difficult for Luck, who threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns at Stratford before heading to Stanford. But King insists that he tried to pass the praise that was so often bestowed upon him in high school.
"One thing that really jumped out in high school is that he truly cares about his teammate's accomplishments more than his," said King. "He does not like being complimented sometimes. He really likes to deflect and put it on other guys despite his numerous accomplishments and its all real."
As Luck enjoys a senior season in which he's thrown for 2,695 yards and 29 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions for the 9-1 Cardinal, King enjoyed a bit time in the spotlight at the end of his DePauw career.
After injuries to three quarterbacks ahead of him, King was able to start the final two games of the Tigers' season. Following a win over Albion at home, he got his first Monon Bell game start in his final collegiate game Saturday at Blackstock Stadium in Greencastle.
"You have dreams like this, coming to DePauw to be the guy and now that I'm in the situation, you can't help but be extremely excited," said King of starting the game against Wabash.
Unfortunately for King his last game wasn't one to remember as he was sack early and often while being intercepted three times in a 45-7 loss to DePauw. While his career comes to an end, Luck's will continue to the NFL most likely after this season and perhaps to the state where King played his college ball.
Though a Texans fan having grown up in the Houston area, King wouldn't be above putting on the blue come 2012.
"It's great to watch him do great things and I'm excited and I'll be the first one to buy his jersey, depending on where he lands," said King. "Even if it is for the Colts-and not my hometown Texans."
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