A bad day for Andrew Luck somehow just got worse. During the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Luck has informed the team of his intent to retire from the NFL.
Luck is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and is just 29 years old. Naturally, fans weren’t too happy about this information and booed him off the field. His home crowd.
It’s an absolutely shocking treatment for a player who has given so much to the franchise. It’s understandable for the fans to be upset, but booing him off the field is another level. That will very likely be his final time on the field, at least as a player. The Colts also lost the game, so that didn’t help matters. Such a bombshell of a news story is difficult to digest and this must be one way the fans cope.
The Colts had Super Bowl aspirations heading into 2018 and the rug has totally been pulled out from under them. A franchise that has been blessed with excellent quarterback play for almost 20 years now finds itself without a clear-cut starter at the position.
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Andrew Luck Addresses Retirement Report
The main reasoning for this surprise retirement appears to be due to a lingering ankle injury that Luck can’t seem to get over, among other things. This retirement is up there with Barry Sanders as the most shocking in NFL history. Luck had a chance to give his side of the story after the game, as ESPN’s Field Yates revealed.
“I’ve been stuck in this process,” said Luck. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. It’s taken the joy out of this game….the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.”
This is obviously a decision that didn’t come easy for Luck. He’s battled injuries throughout his career and missed most of the 2015 season because of injury. The 29-year-old quarterback played all 16 games last year but missed the entire 2017 season.
Luck was an MVP caliber player throughout much of his career and was one of the most hyped draft prospects of the decade. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to bring the Colts back to the Super Bowl, but almost single-handedly helped the team remain as a playoff contender. He’s grateful for what football has brought his life.
“I guess in a philosophical sense, I want to thank football for so many moments in my life,” Luck told reporters. “It’s the greatest team sport in the world.”
While he may not have quite lived up to lofty expectations, it wasn’t because of his skill. When healthy, he was one of the best quarterbacks the NFL had to offer. He was also one of the most enjoyable NFL players to watch. Colts backup Jacoby Brissett now has some big shoes to fill if the Colts decide to ride with him in 2019. The team will likely have to use their first-round pick in 2020 or focus on free agency in order to replace to Luck.