Andrew Luck Shocks the NFL by Retiring at 29


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Colts’ QB Andrew Luck. By retiring Saturday Luck hurt the Colts’ chances at getting into the playoffs and sent many fans into an uproar.

Carson Zorn, Writer

NFL fans all over were in shock late Saturday night as Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL after only seven seasons. The news leaked during the Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears, a game the Colts ended up losing. Luck made it official with a press conference post-game, where he said,

 “For the last four years or so, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing, and I’ve felt stuck in it. And the only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away.” 

Luck finishes his NFL career with 23,671 passing yards, 171 passing touchdowns and 83 interceptions. He was a 4x Pro Bowler, the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year and lead the Colts to the playoffs four times. 

Many, including Luck, pointed to his many injuries throughout his NFL career which included: a sprained shoulder, a lacerated kidney, a torn abdominal muscle, torn cartilage in his ribs, a concussion, severe damage to his labrum in his shoulder that required surgery, and, this March, a calf strain. This can be chalked up to the Colts Offensive Line doing a terrible job protecting Luck until last year. In fact, he got sacked a total of 156 times in just five seasons. Luck also said he was mentally drained and didn’t have a love for the game anymore.

Money is not an issue for Luck, as prior to his retirement, he had made enough money (his net worth is currently at $40 million) to never have to play another down of football again, and that seems like it may be the case. He reached a financial settlement with the Colts on his contract, receiving $58.1 million and walking out the door. Colts’ owner Jim Irsay predicted Luck left about $450 million on the table. 

Colts’ fans obviously did not enjoy seeing their franchise Quarterback retire two weeks before the NFL season was slated to begin, and many have called the Colts’ offices demanding a refund on their season tickets. The fans also booed Luck as he walked off the field of Lucas Oil Stadium for the last time. When asked about the booing and jeering Luck replied with, “It hurt. I’ll be honest. It hurt.” Other Colts’ players also commented on the booing, such as star Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton, who had this to say, 

I didn’t like it. He didn’t deserve that. He gave a lot to the city and the community. He gave everything he had. What more could you ask?” Many NFL fans seem to be at an understanding of what Luck did and why he did it, and many have told him to enjoy retirement.

Luck’s retirement came out of nowhere and some fans are still reeling in shock, but few will forget Luck’s impact on the Colts and the NFL.