Published: Sun, August 25, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts quarterback retires at 29

Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts quarterback retires at 29

The news of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's sudden retirement sent shockwaves through the National Football League and its fans Saturday night.

Luck added that he felt "stuck" in a cycle of "injury-pain-rehab". As a player, Luck was a different kind of person than most. Hopefully he can live a long, productive and pain-free life. He never needed the game the way so many players in this league do, and when it was over, he wouldn't linger.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't hear it", Luck said of the boos. Luck was walking away from the sport that he once loved to spend more time with his wife and experience life in a different way, one more enjoyable and pain free. He was in a dark place mentally when he tried to play through things before and he said he vowed that if he ever got into that situation again, he would not do it.

Though it seems like a bad dream, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is hanging up the spikes and calling it a career at just 29 years old-a decision that shocked the football world Saturday night. But perhaps fittingly, Luck showed vulnerability and tears in a moment of heartbreaking candor during his retirement speech as he moved on from the game.

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Last season, Luck helped the Colts reach the play-offs for the first time since 2014, which led to him winning a fourth selection for the all-star Pro Bowl game and the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award for 2018. He also says that he expects the Colts to go after a veteran QB to replace Luck. But shortly after Saturday's announcement, their Super Bowl odds dropped from 12-1 to 30-1 and their win total from 9.5 to 6.

Luck has been beset with injuries, including this year when he sustained a calf strain that kept him out of the team's offseason activities and minicamp. Instead, he walks away having made $97 million during his career.

This retirement very much sheds light on the injuries that football can cause players and continues the trend of superstars retiring early.

When McDaniels was interviewing with the Colts, there were major questions about Luck's future after he missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury. "He was so excited at the end of the year", said Ballard. The Colts will now use Jacoby Brissett as their starter. I got them, others got them, maybe you got them.

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