After being selected as the top pick in the Pro Bowl draft on Wednesday, Andrew Luck was asked about the quick turnaround after his Indianapolis Colts were on the short end of a 45-7 score to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, which has since been engulfed by controversy over the under-inflated balls used by New England.
"The energy is sort of sucked out of you, you do feel deflated," Luck told reporters. As those present chuckled at Luck's word choice, he sheepishly realized he had stepped right into the hubbub.
"Aww, shoot," he said.
Asked about the issue involving the footballs in Sunday's game, Luck shrugged off the controversy.
"I don't know. Things in the media tend to be blown out of proportion a little bit," he said. "It's the nature in where we are today in society. You can't take anything away from them being a heck of a team and they are a good football team."
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri also had little to say about the matter.
"At this point, I think everybody just wants to have an even playing field," the 42-year-old said. "They want it to be fair for everybody. I don't know what was done and what wasn't done. ...
"If it seems like something that needs to be addressed and punished accordingly then it needs to be done."