Andrew Luck may have left Stanford for the NFL, but thanks to an anonymous donor, his name will forever be stamped on the Cardinal offense.
Stanford announced Tuesday that its offensive coordinator position has been endowed by a very generous gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Luck. That means offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton becomes the school's first Andrew Luck Director of Offense.
"It is a tremendous honor to hold this position and to be associated with an outstanding young man like Andrew Luck, who means so much to Stanford football and the Stanford community," Hamilton said.
Luck, the No. 1 overall pick by the Colts in last month's NFL draft, ranks first on the school's career lists for touchdown passes (82), completion percentage (.687; 713-1064), passing efficiency (162.76) and total offense (10,387) -- in three years of play.
"It is a huge tribute," Luck said. "To have anything endowed in my name is a complete honor. I feel very fortunate to have come to Stanford, and I have always enjoyed representing the University. The offensive coordinators I've had here helped me not only in football, but also to grow so much as a person. To be a part of that leadership and position is a very proud legacy for me."
Stanford had recorded seven straight losing seasons before Luck took over the offense in 2009. He led the Cardinal to a 31-7 record in his 38 career starts.
Luck has twice been runner-up for the Heisman
Current Stanford coach David Shaw preceded Hamilton as the school's offensive coordinator from 2007-2010. In each of the last three years, the Cardinal have set a new school scoring record, most recently totaling 561 points (43.15 ppg) in 2011.