Andrew Luck Announces His Retirement
In a shocking Saturday development, Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck announced he was retiring from the NFL. Andrew Luck said that constant injuries took away the love he had for the game.
Luck will be 30 on September 12. He held a meeting with team owner Jim Irsay earlier on Saturday to talk about his decision.
On Saturday night at home the Colts played against the Chicago Bears. Luck was already ruled out of the third preseason game because of an injured ankle but was on the team’s sideline talking and laughing with fellow teammates.
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Following the game, Luck announced his decision to retire during an unscheduled news conference saying his official announcement had been planned for Sunday afternoon, but news about his decision to leave the game broke during Saturday’s game with the Bears and a decision was taken to move the announcement forward.
Andrew Luck called his decision to walk away from the game the hardest one of his life but the right one for him.
The early retirement, ends a career in the NFL for Luck that started in 2012 when the Colts drafted him No. 1 overall to replace Peyton Manning. In each of Luck’s first three seasons, the quarterback helped lead the Colts to the playoffs. Indianapolis played in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
However, during Week 3 of the 2015 regular season, Luck injured his shoulder and missed 26 games due to shoulder, rib and kidney injuries.
However, last season Luck returned to throw for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and earn the Comeback Player of the Year award for his efforts.
Earlier this week Luck met with general manager Chris Ballard to discuss Luck’s decision to retire.
Luck told the media Saturday night that it was very difficult because he loves the Colts and his teammates.
Luck’s finishes his career with 23,671 yards passing, 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions.
Jacoby Brissett becomes the Colts’ starting quarterback. Indianapolis acquired Brissett in 2018 from the Patriots.