Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and longtime girlfriend Nicole Pechanec were married in Prague in the Czech Republic this weekend, according to multiple sources.
Luck could not be reached for comment, and his agent did not return an email message.
Luck and Pechanec, both 29, met at Stanford.
Pechanec was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Czechoslovakian parents and was homeschooled so she could focus on gymnastics, according to “Quarterback,” a book by John Feinstein. Her mother, a former gymnast, was her coach, and Pechanec moved to Czechoslovakia at 15 to train with the national team. Pechanec represented the country in the World Games and European Championships, returning to the United States to attend Stanford, where she was a captain for the gymnastics team and participated in two NCAA finals.
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Pechanec has an architectural design degree from Stanford — the same degree Luck has — and earned an MBA from IU, according to her LinkedIn account. She works as a field producer for NBC and ESPN, according to her LinkedIn account, and has a nonprofit, Nest, that “advocates for healthier, ethically conscious products.”
Luck noted Pechanec’s athletic background was a key factor in his recovery from the shoulder injury that caused him to sit out the entire 2017 season. The couple spent two months in Laren, Holland, so Luck could rehab his surgically repaired throwing shoulder with a trainer he’d worked with in the past. This is the first off-season since 2014 that Luck has not had to treat an injury.
“Honestly, though, I wouldn’t have gotten through it if not for Nicole,” Luck said in “Quarterback.” “It isn’t just that she was willing to do anything she could to help me. It’s that she’s tough. She knows what training is like, what it’s like to feel pain, and what it’s like to have to work really hard. There’s no way I get through those two months without her.”
Luck, who is under contract through the 2021 season, just had his best season with the Colts, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, leading the Colts to the second round of the playoffs after a 1-5 start.
Luck’s father, Oliver, is the CEO and commissioner of the XFL after previously working in as an executive for the NCAA in Indianapolis.