Andrew Luck Announces His Retirement From The NFL – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night saying constant injuries have taken away his love for the game.
Andrew Luck Announces His Retirement From The NFL:
“I’m going to retire, this is not an easy decision,” the Indianapolis Colts player Andrew Luck told reporters. “For the last four years or so I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting … and the only way I see out is to no longer play football.”
Andrew Luck said. “(The injuries have) taken my joy of this game away. I’ve been stuck in this process, haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. After 2016, I played in pain and was unable to practice, I said I wouldn’t go through that again.
“This is not an easy decision. It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
“It’s sad, but I also have a lot of clarity in this. Difficult process. My wife, family, friends, Chris Ballard, Mr. Irsay, Frank Reich have been incredibly supportive. Thankful for them.”
Andrew Luck said he was grateful to have been drafted to the team. “From the moment I arrived in Indianapolis, I could be myself,” Luck said. “For that, I appreciate it.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay said following Luck’s announcement, “Part of our heart is broken.”
|With Andrew Luck||9.1||6.9||No. 6||59.4%|
|Without Andrew Luck||7.3||8.7||No. 22||24.7%|
Luck signed a five-year, $122 million contract in 2016, according to report. He would have earned a base salary of $9.125 million in 2019 and a roster bonus.
Andrew Luck has suffered considerable injuries since his No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, including a recent calf problem that sidelined him during the off season. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year and lead the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 season, showing he remained one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season because he was recovering from shoulder surgery,
“It was Monday,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said. “We all sat down and had a talk and continued through the week. Emotional talks on our parts. Not any negative emotional talks. Just some real honest talks. But did not get a sense. I watched Andrew go through the shoulder, his routine and how he rehabbed and worked through things. He was going through the same process all the way from when he walked in the building. He came in Monday and started working through this.”
“It’s very difficult,” Andrew Luck said. “I love this team, I love my teammates.”
NFL On Andrew Luck Retiring:
Andrew Luck’s final season was one of his finest. pic.twitter.com/PLL5S6AISl
— NFL (@NFL) August 25, 2019
Down 28 points in the third quarter, Andrew Luck engineered one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) August 25, 2019
Name a nicer NFL player. You can’t.
Enjoy retirement, Andrew Luck! pic.twitter.com/b1KEdZ7gp5
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 25, 2019
The #Colts thought Andrew Luck would be full-go within the first week of camp from his calf/leg issue. But he never felt comfortable, mentally or physically. The tone shifted in the past couple weeks. Now, Luck plans to walk away at age 29.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 25, 2019
Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:
» Torn cartilage in 2 ribs
» partially torn abdomen
» a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood
» at least 1 concussion
» a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder
» and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 25, 2019
The #Colts have known that QB Andrew Luck was seriously mulling retiring for at least two weeks. He’s married, he plans to travel the world, and once the love for the game waned, it sounds like he wanted to step away. So, he did.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2019