INDIANAPOLIS – One day after throwing four interceptions in a season-ending playoff loss to the New England Patriots, Colts QB Andrew Luck revealed that his disastrous performance was the result of a promise he made to a bedridden nine-year old Timmy O’Sullivan at Boston’s Mercy Hospital, in which Luck vowed to commit multiple turnovers against the Patriots to help lift the ailing child’s spirits.
“I try to visit sick children whenever I can, and do anything possible to help them feel better,” Luck told reporters following the loss. “So yesterday, just before the game, I spent some time with Timmy by his hospital bedside. He looked up at me with these big wet eyes and said, ‘Mister Luck, do you think you could promise me to throw some interceptions tonight against New England for me? If you do, I think I could definitely make it through my surgery.’”
“I told him, “’Sure kid, sure. I’ll toss a couple of picks for you.’ But he said, ‘No, no, it has to be at least four! If you swear that you’ll throw four picks, I just know it’ll give me the strength I need to survive my operation.’ The poor little guy looked so scared. So I held his hand in mine and I said, ‘You got it pal. I’m gonna throw four interceptions tonight, just for you.”
“It was later on that I discovered that Timmy’s actually a diehard Patriots fan,” continued Luck. “And that his ‘operation’ was just a common procedure to have his tonsils removed. But a promise is a promise.”
Meanwhile O’Sullivan, celebrating the Patriots win with a bowl of chocolate ice cream following his routine tonsillectomy, announced plans to meet with the Broncos QB Peyton Manning to ask him to lose at least three fumbles in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, to give the youngster the strength he needs to overcome next weekend’s planned bout of mild constipation.