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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Andrew Luck (R) from Stanford holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after Luck was selected #1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
It's official: Andrew Luck is the No. 1 choice in this year's NFL draft.
The NFL's worst-kept secret was made public yesterday when general manager Ryan Grigson decided there was no reason to delay the inevitable. He announced the former Stanford quarterback will become the successor to Peyton Manning as Indianapolis' quarterback and the new face of the franchise.
Thursday night at 5:05 p.m. California time came the AP alert: "The Indianapolis Colts select Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL draft."
Moments later Luck walked out with a Colts cap on for the first hug of the night by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The images were watched live by a national television audience on ESPN's NFL draft program.
Luck said his big moment walking on to the stage was everything he thought it would be. "I can't wiat to play for the Colts," Luck said moments later.
Luck said he looks forward to joining Indianapolis and that he plans on calling his former coach, former Colts' quarterback and current San Francisco 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh for advice. He said he would miss "beating Cal" the most.
The Stanford quarterback brought his entire family to New York for draft night. He will fly to Indianapolis on tomorrow, where he will take questions from local reporters and then meet fans at Lucas Oil Stadium, his new home field.
Both the 49ers and the Raider have their draft moments still to come.
Oakland GM doesn't have a draft choice until late in the third round, but he'll be doing his homework until then.