Andrew Luck is about as regular a guy as you’ll ever meet. So how did the Stanford quarterback end up as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft — the most polished college QB since Peyton Manning? This biography by award-winning journalist Jon Wilner is based on firsthand observation and interviews. It chronicles the path Luck took to the doorstep of NFL stardom: his childhood in Europe; the influence of his father, himself a former NFL quarterback; his nerdy, attention-averse personality; the astonishing success at Stanford; and the momentous decision to turn down millions of dollars from the NFL to spend one last season on the idyllic Stanford campus. Wilner, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who has covered Luck since his arrival at Stanford in 2008, also explores the extraordinary cognitive abilities that allowed this 22-year-old to call his own plays — something many NFL quarterbacks don’t do — and show NFL scouts that he’s a once-in-a-generation player.