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Tom Brady Has Brutally Honest Reaction To Andrew Luck's Retirement

A closeup of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tom Brady is one of the lucky ones, as the New England Patriots' star quarterback is still going strong at 42 years old.

Andrew Luck, meanwhile, retired from the NFL at the age of 29. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has dealt with several debilitating injuries in recent years and simply had enough.

Brady, whose Patriots stood in the Colts way several times in recent seasons, reacted to Luck's retirement decision this morning.

"It is his life. Everyone has the right to choose what he wants to do," Brady said on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show. "He had a great career, and he was a great player. Everybody wishes they could be healthy all the time. It is a contact sport, and he's certainly had his fair share of injuries, so guys retire at different times. Some at the end of the season, and I have seen a lot of guys retire before the season gets going and this is just one of those examples."

Brady had been mostly injury-free during his 20-year career, outside of a torn ACL injury that cost him the 2008 season.

The Patriots quarterback credits his support system for being able to stay healthy and play for so long.

"I think it's everything. There's definitely a physical element," Brady said. "There's definitely an emotional element. I think there is a mental element. Everything in my view really has to come together for you to be the best version of yourself as a player, and it takes a lot of support. It takes a lot of people. You see, certainly, you can see me as an individual doing that. I have the support of my teammates, my coaches, my family, my friends, Alex (Guerrero), my training system. All those things really need to come together in order to continue to achieve.

"It feels great when you have that support because a football season is like a marathon. There's moments where it is very challenging whether it's physically, emotionally, or mentally.... you need somebody to help you push through the hard parts because it's not all easy. It's a great challenge, but it is very rewarding when you meet the challenge, too."

Brady and the Patriots are set to open the 2019 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against Pittsburgh.