How Florida football prepared Anthony Richardson to carry on Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck's Colts legacy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indianapolis Colts have a tradition of excellent quarterbacks. Now, former Florida signal-caller Anthony Richardson is ready to add his name to a list that includes the likes of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.
Richardson, speaking to media after being selected No. 4 overall by the Colts in the 2023 NFL Draft’s first round, said he was excited to carry on the legacy.
“Having that whole franchise trusting in me and believing in me, that means a lot to me first of all” Richardson said. “Even getting to this moment, to this point, that definitely means a lot to myself as well. It’s just a blessing. I’m ready to get to work, and like you said, two legends were playing here before me and I’m just ready to carry the torch.”
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The Colts are led by a new head coach in Shane Steichen, who helped develop Jalen Hurts as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Richardson represents a new beginning for a team that finished 27th in the NFL last season in total offensive yardage.
Especially given the team’s quarterback history, there will be a measure of pressure for Richardson. Still, the Gainesville native felt his time as a Gator helped prepare him to meet the moment.
“This isn’t anything new to me,” Richardson said. “Playing for UF, being from Gainesville, there’s a lot of pressure behind that. A lot of people expect you to do certain things. I wore number 15 at Florida, you know (Tim) Tebow did great things there, and it kind of forced me to elevate myself. Dealing with pressure, I feel like it just pushed me to shine even brighter so I’m excited.”
Richardson was the third quarterback off the board in the draft, joining No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young from Alabama, who went to the Carolina Panthers, and CJ Stroud from Ohio State, who was picked No. 2 overall by the Houston Texans.