Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck retires aged 29 in all-time National Football League shocker

Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck retires aged 29 in all-time National Football League shocker

"But it is the right decision for me", a teary-eyed Luck told reporters after the Colts' pre-season game against the Chicago Bears.

No Bears player or coach has closer ties to Luck than defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who served as Colts head coach during the quarterback's first five National Football League seasons from 2012-16.

As for OJ, he's just suggesting that Luck, "Come out of retirement".

"I'm in pain, I'm still in pain".

"I'm excited for him, and I think actually what he did is very selfless". It was the lack of progress [from the injuries].

In his final season with Stanford, Luck won both the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award, both given to the top collegiate football player. Injuries have "taken my joy of this game away", he said.

At that, Luck paused, and held back tears for about 10 seconds.

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"I can't live the life that I want to live" because of injuries, he said. I've broken out four of the more interesting conversations below, focusing on Luck's immediate legacy, the fickle nature of team ownership and what's next for the Colts.

Injuries had kept Luck, 29, from playing in the preseason, but fans at the game in Indianapolis were clearly upset about the news. Luck was selected to his fourth career Pro Bowl and was named the league's comeback player of the year. Additionally, the Colts season win total of 9.5 (-140) shifted to just 7.5 (-130). That factors out to 60/1 odds, which are quite long.

And now that he was at that "proverbial fork in the road" again, he made a decision to live up to that vow and walk away from the game he said he'll always love.

Andrew Luck watched one last game from the sideline Saturday. "It hurt, I'll be honest with you, it hurt".

"This is not an easy decision", Luck said Saturday night, minutes after ESPN reported he would walk away.

The Colts will reportedly turn to 26-year-old quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who played the entirety of the 2017 season, as their new starter. Luck's replacement, Jacoby Brissett, has always been considered one of the better backups in the NFL. Brissett racked up 3,098 yards and 13 touchdown passes in 15 games. It was a big move to help a struggling team, as Luck was knocked out that season with his shoulder issues. Therefore, the Colts could be looking to make a deal sometime soon. Presumably, he'll have to return $12.8 million of his $32-million signing bonus from the extension.

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