Former Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck has been retired from the NFL for nearly two years now. The Colts apparently wanted to make sure that wasn't going to change before they acquired Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason. The Colts reportedly checked in with the former top overall draft pick, according to a report by Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
Though it's not clear precisely what Luck told the organization in their meeting prior to the trade, King said on the “Dan Patrick Show” that Luck had left Indy with a clear “impression” that he would not be playing football in the future.
"The Colts talked to him before they made the Carson Wentz trade. …. Nothing has come out about what exactly was said. But he had to leave them with this impression that I'm not playing football." – Peter King talked about Andrew Luck on @dpshow
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 21, 2021
While it's not surprising that the Colts checked the status of Luck's retirement plans given the undeniable talent the play-caller would bring to the field should he choose to return, it is equally predictable that the former QB passed on the opportunity to suit up again for Indy.
Following his selection with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Luck completed a seven-year career that was equally successful as it was injury-prone. Despite passing for 171 touchdowns against 83 interceptions–while earning a combined record of 53 and 33–Luck endured a myriad of injuries over the final three seasons of his career that he claimed sapped him of any “joy” that football might bring. Ultimately retiring at the age of 29, Luck has continued to occupy a space in Colts fan's imaginations as the team has successfully built a talented roster that has only been hindered by the lack of a top-caliber QB.
With the former quarterback passing on the opportunity to lead the Colts once again, despite the possibility of contending for a Super Bowl appearance, it might finally be time to accept that Andrew Luck won't be returning to the NFL. Instead, Carson Wentz will have to do.