Around the NFL  

 

Andrew Luck gets behind new virtual reality software

Print

Andrew Luck is taking full advantage of that Stanford education.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback returned to his alma mater in the offseason to test out a new virtual reality software created by former Stanford kicker Derek Belch. The software, called STRIVR, is made up of a large head set that plugs into your laptop. The program allows quarterbacks to simulate real-time situations in the pocket.

Every game, all season

You can read defenses, scan for open receivers and operate in a collapsing pocket with 180-degree sightlines. In short, the software is designed to give users the NFL quarterback experience without taking any of the punishment that typically goes with it.

"Anything that can give you an edge as a quarterback, you're going to check out," Luck said Monday at Colts camp, per The Indianapolis Star.

"It's real footage," Luck added. "Imagine you're standing in real practice footage. These are real players. It's not animated."

Luck predicted the technology will have "a big impact." Current Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan saw a significant spike in his production after starting to use the software late last season.

Of course, we've been hearing about virtual reality technology taking hold of the culture for years. Think of The Lawnmower Man, that one Aerosmith video, and the plot of pretty much every late-night Cinemax feature from 1993 to 1996.

Perhaps, just maybe, the time is finally now.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast discusses Steve Smith's retirement news and predicts the training camp QB battles.

Print

Fan Discussion