Former Colts coach Chuck Pagano reacts to Andrew Luck retiring
Andrew Luck shocked the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts with his decision to retire at the age of 29. It was a move that he felt was necessary after injuries derailed his career. While it is a sad day for the franchise, many fans, media members, players, and coaches are taking the time to throw their support behind Luck, including his former head coach Chuck Pagano.
Pagano shared his thoughts on Luck’s retirement and made it clear that it took “great courage” to walk away from the game at this stage of his career.
“It took great courage to make his decision to walk away from the game, but no matter how difficult, he did what his heart told him, and I am proud of him for being honest with himself and the team. With Andrew, it was always about more than football, and I will be forever grateful to him for his support during my personal battle with leukemia. Our friendship extends well beyond player-coach, and I wish him, his beautiful wife Nicole and their growing family nothing but the best. I will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan.”
There is still a chance that Luck has not taken his last NFL snap. At his age, Luck could take a couple of years off, get rested and get his mind right, and then make his return at 31 or 32 years old. That may not happen, but it certainly is not out of the realm of possibility.
If he has indeed taken his last snap, Luck will finish his career with a 60.8 completion percentage, 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns, and 83 interceptions. He will also have racked up 1,590 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Indianapolis will now turn to Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback. They are still expected to be a contender, but Luck’s retirement is certainly a setback.