There’s leaning into the bit, and then there’s absolutely owning it.
During the post-game show on Amazon Prime following Thursday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants, retired quarterback Andrew Luck absolutely owned one of social media’s best football bits.
The original Capt. Andrew Luck idea first originated on SBNation.com from the mind of our former NFL editor Ryan Van Bibber. RVB gave the story of how he came up with the idea to the Indianapolis Star back in 2016. Here’s one of the first posts on Luck looking like a Civil War general, written by former staffer Rodger Sherman. Many imitators have popped up since, but this entire meme comes back to Van Bibber at this very website.
When Luck appeared on the post-game show Thursday night, he was dressed as a Civil War captain:
The real Captain Luck was also here to spread some good news.
The war is over.
Andrew Luck dressed as Capt. Andrew Luck "I've been great, the war is over" pic.twitter.com/WDSmBDmaW8— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 22, 2023
Luck’s joy in paying tribute to the account might be the best evidence of all. And it even brought @CaptAndrewLuck out of retirement:
Dearest mother —— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) September 22, 2023
I hope my appearance on the magical, moving picture box filled you with joy. As you could see, my resolve has never been more robust. Squirrel oil and your peppered chipmunk feet have kept me sturdy. Life is splendid. Give the cows my best. I love you.
— Andrew https://t.co/8s8VW0xEBD
Here’s to squirrel oil.