NFL fans are still reeling from Andrew Luck's unexpected retirement at the age of 29. News of Luck's decision leaked during last night's Indianapolis Colts preseason game.
The awkwardness of Luck being on the sideline while the information got out led to cringeworthy footage of fans booing him as he left the field. After the game, Colts owner Jim Irsay was one of several front office members who spoke to the media.
Irsay was quite complementary of the quarterback his team took with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, wishing Luck the best and expressing his gratitude.
He even addressed the possibility of Luck maybe changing his mind one day.
"I don't rule it out because as quickly as this thing descended on us and mysterious as it was, it could leave the same way," Irsay said, via Sporting News transcription. "That's just a fact. It's very hard to measure sometimes our human experience and we all perceive life from our chair. I would say it's possible."
However, Irsay also stressed the need for the Colts to focus on moving forward without Luck and not to rely on the slim hope of him returning.
"It's possible but no one knows and he would be the first to say it," Irsay said. "Only time will tell."
You can hear all of Irsay's comments below, along with remarks from head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard.
There's no doubt Luck produced when he was on the field. He was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
However, it is clear by listening to him last night that his body has taken a beating, and the associated mental strain of dealing with injuries has left him needing to step away.