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Bill Belichick's Quote About Andrew Luck's Retirement Is Going Viral

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a game.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09: Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had perhaps the best reaction to Andrew Luck's shocking retirement from the NFL at 29.

Belichick, who's had a couple of notable battles with the Indianapolis Colts over the years, claims that he didn't know Luck had retired.

"He's a good player," Belichick told reporters today. "I didn't see that, but I don't really follow them."

Belichick saying he doesn't "really follow" the Colts is believable, I guess, but did he really not hear about Luck's retirement until Monday afternoon? How did he not come across the biggest NFL story of the year for nearly 48 hours?

It's tough to believe.

Belichick added that he respected Luck's decision.

"We all have to make our decisions. He made his. I respect it," he added.

The Patriots aren't scheduled to play the Colts in the regular season, so New England won't directly benefit from Luck's retirement, though Indianapolis was expected to contend in the AFC.

It's possible we'll get a Patriots-Colts playoff matchup. That would pit Belichick against his former backup quarterback. Jacoby Brissett is now leading Indianapolis.