Andrew Luck shocked the entire sports world tonight, as reports emerged that the 29-year old superstar had decided to retire. He confirmed the decision in a press conference after the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason game tonight.
Luck has dealt with significant injuries during his career. A shoulder injury cost him the entire 2017 season.
Before that, Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle during the Colts’ 2015 campaign. This summer, he had missed all of camp with an a “myriad of issues” related to his ankle. It seemed pretty likely that he would’ve missed time to start the year.
All of that seemed to contribute to a loss of love for the game. As most football players will tell you, that is when it is over.
During the presser, Luck confirmed as much, saying that the injuries and rehab have prevented him from living the kind of life he wants to.
An emotional Andrew Luck on his recovery: "I've been stuck in this process. I haven't been able to life the live 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."
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 25, 2019
"It's been four years of this injury-pain rehab cycle… I can't live the life I want to live moving forward … I feel quite exhausted and quite tired."
– Andrew Luck.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck’s full press conference is available for streaming here. During it, he spends a lot of time thanking various people within the organization, including a number of influential teammates.
He’s clearly spent a lot of time reflecting on the decision. During the press conference, he said there was no exact moment in which he came to the decision. That backs up previous reporting by Ian Rapoport.
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
Luck is also leaving nearly $60 million on the table with this decision.
Unfortunately, Colts fans booed Luck as he left the field in street clothes tonight, which he acknowledged hurt. Given the quick timing of things, it wasn’t terribly surprising that the shocked Colts fans would react that way.
Hopefully with time people will understand his decision, and embrace him for the great seasons he put in with the franchise.