It was so painful, so emotionally wrenching to see one era walk out the door and head to Denver.
Now, here it was, a few weeks later, and a joyful new era had begun.
It was a fait accompli, had been for weeks and even months, but the worst-kept secret became public once assistant equipment manager Sean Sullivan handed in the note card.
It read, simply, "Andrew Luck."
Meanwhile, team owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson were calling Luck on his ancient cellphone, telling him the words he knew were coming.