Andrew Luck's decision to hang up his cleats at the age of 29 might be the most stunning retirement decision in NFL history. If it isn't, it is near the top.
Right now, Luck says he is too beaten down mentally and physically to continue playing. However, given his age and skill set, people are naturally wondering if he will one day return to football.
Colts owner Jim Irsay discussed this possibility last night, indicating that he would welcome Luck coming back but that he wouldn't be pinning his hopes on it.
However, ESPN's Josina Anderson sounds pretty confident that the former No. 1 overall pick isn't done playing. He just needs some time away.
"Andrew Luck will come back to the NFL at some point. I will not be surprised," Anderson tweeted this afternoon. "Once he has a chance to mentally rest, heal, be at home for a good while ~deeper perspective and desire will wash over him & reignite his comeback. We can revisit this tweet at that time."
Anderson may be right. Luck could use his retirement to spend time with his family and heal and suddenly realize he misses the game.
It would certainly be fun for the game of football if he did that, but any return has to come on his terms.