Andrew Luck is retiring from football at only 29 years old, saying in an emotional announcement the cycle of pain he’s trapped in has robbed him of the desire to play football.
“I’ve been stuck in this process,” he said after Saturday night’s Indianapolis Colts pre-season home game against the Bears. “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.”
Former Patriot Jacoby Brissett will now be the Colts starting quarterback.
Luck was the number one pick in the 2012 NFL draft, but he has struggled with injuries from a blown shoulder to his current high ankle sprain.
Luck added leaving the game is “the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
The tape of his stunning move has swept across social media and left many, especially fans in Indianapolis, dumbfounded.
Luck fought back tears as he explained his decision, the Indianapolis Star reported from the post-game impromptu press conference. “It’s sad but I also have a lot of clarity in this,” Luck added.
He was booed as he walked off the Lucas Oil Stadium field for the final time, the Star added.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hear the reaction. It hurt,” he said.
Luck had been considered one of the most promising quarterbacks of the younger generation of QBs in the NFL. His retirement also, once again, shows how durable Patriots quarterback Tom Brady remains.
— Clark Wade (@ClarkWade34) August 25, 2019