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Legendary NFL Player Reveals He Almost Retired Early, Too

Andrew Luck talking to his teammates on the sideline.

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Great NFL players usually don't retire at the age of 29. There have been some shocking retirements before, but none were more surprising than Andrew Luck's stunner, announced late on Saturday evening.

"I've been stuck in this process," Luck said at a press conference. "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.

"This is not an easy decision. It's the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.''

While Luck's decision is a rare one, it's one several prominent NFL players have considered. Luck is just one of the few to actually go through with it.

Charles Woodson, one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, revealed that he nearly retired after eight seasons in the league.

"I seriously thought about retiring after year 8. After a series of phone calls to close family and friends I decided to press on. This game can weigh on you heavily. I made the best decision for me and Luck has made the best for him!" he tweeted.

Woodson was coming off his final season with the Oakland Raiders in 2005 when he says he seriously considered retiring.

The former Michigan star went on to play for another decade, spending 2006-12 with the Green Bay Packers, and 2013-15 back in Oakland.

Woodson had five All-Pro seasons during that time period. His potential retirement in 2005 would've been shocking.