Colts’ Andrew Luck says retirement is ‘the hardest decision of my life’
In a surprising whirlwind of events on Saturday night, Andrew Luck decided to retire from the game of football as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Luck says the choice to retire was “the hardest decision of my life.”
Andrew Luck on retiring: “This is not an easy decision. Honestly it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.” Says he felt “stuck” in a cycle of rehab. Injury has “taken my joy of this game away.” Getting emotional.
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On Saturday night while the Colts were playing in their preseason matchup against the Chicago Bears, the new rang out around the stadium that Luck had retired. At just the age of 29, the Colts fearless quarterback was ready to step away from football after injuries took a toll on him.
In his presser, Luck pointed out that he’s been stuck in a sort of “cycle” that he has been unable to escape. The only way he saw as an option to release himself from it was to ‘remove himself from football’.
It’s not easy for a quarterback who’s in the prime years of his career to retire from the game he loves. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game and they can affect you more than just physically.
Luck was drafted to the Colts in 2012 to be the successor to Peyton Manning. The Stanford product did more than enough to become the face of the franchise and a phenomenal leader.
Luck would play seven seasons for the city of Indianapolis and would finish with 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns, and 83 interceptions. Above all, Luck gave everything to the fans of the Colts and withstood injuries that will always haunt him.
The Colts had a special seven years with Luck under center but hopefully, the future holds even brighter things for the classy quarterback after football.