Andrew Luck Announces Retirement
Andrew Luck Announces Retirement

Colts QB Andrew Luck Announces Retirement from NFL

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Indianapolis Colts fans were stunned when star Quarterback Andrew Luck announces his retirement from the game of football. Luck had received the highest paying contract in NFL history, and his announcement rocked betting lines across the country.

As preseason football gets wound up and fans begin speculating on how their team will perform during the regular season, Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck dropped a bombshell on Indiana: He is retiring from football.

Tom Peliserro of the NFL Network reported that Luck had informed his team of plans to leave the game prior to confirming that decision in a press announcement Luck made on Saturday. ESPN was the first major media outlet to report the news.

"This is not an easy decision. Honestly, it's the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me," Luck told reporters after Indianapolis' preseason game Saturday night. "For the last four years or so, I've been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, and it's been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason, and I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football."

Reactions from Colts fans shared one common thread; they were all stunned by the decision. “Unreal”, “Crazy” and “Unbelievable” were common thoughts discussed among sports fans in Indianapolis. Perhaps most bizarre was that the story broke as the Colts played their pre-season game against Chicago. As the story was released, television coverage drifted away from the game and towards the sidelines, where Luck was seen talking to soon-to-be starting Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

The 29-year-old former franchise signal-caller has dealt with a plethora of injuries the past several seasons, including a shoulder issue that wiped out all of his 2017 season. Although Luck was able to recover from these injuries, another off-season was disrupted by another injury, this time in the calf. The repeated injuries wore down Luck, to the point he decided it was time to give up the game and focus on other aspects of life.

"I've been stuck in this process. I haven't been able to live the life I want to live," Luck said. "Taken the joy out of this game, and after 2016, when I played in pain and was unable to regularly practice, I made a vow to myself that I would not go down that path again, I find myself in a similar situation and the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football and this cycle that I've been in.

"I've come to the proverbial fork in the road. I made a vow to myself that if I ever did again, I would choose me in a sense."


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