Andrew Luck has informed the Indianapolis Colts that he is retiring from the NFL, a source told ESPN.
Luck, who turns 30 on Sept. 12, already has met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to tell him of the decision, the source said.
There will be a news conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out, the source said.
Luck has been dealing with injury throughout training camp, and has yet to play in a preseason game. A calf strain originally diagnosed in March first hobbled him, but tests earlier this month showed him having pain in the "high anklish" area of his left leg.
His retirement means Jacoby Brissett is in line to start for the Colts in Week 1 against the Chargers. They play Sept. 8, in Los Angeles.
Injuries have derailed what was a promising start to Luck's NFL career. He led the Colts to the playoffs in each of first three seasons, including the AFC Championship Game in 2014, before a shoulder injury in Week 3 of the 2015 was the start of numerous injuries for Luck. He has missed 26 games, including the entire 2017 season due to shoulder, kidney and rib problems since the 2015 season.
The Colts went 4-12 in 2017 when Luck was out. He passed for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns and was named the NFL's Most Improved Player last season.
Looks like the most recent injury was what finally did him in. As he said, football wasn't fun any more. Not sure even if he had told them before it would have changed their draft too much. Classy Indy fans booing Luck....who do they think they are...Philly? Best of luck to him...when it's not fun any more, it's time to go.
Post by navypharaoh on Aug 26, 2019 17:38:42 GMT -5
This news is crazy right. Me and my gf sat in shock as it crawled across our screen while watching the MIA-FLA game. Luck was a beast IMO. BEST College QB I ever saw. Pro career was good, but he took too many hits. And just think, the NFL wants to play 18 games instead of 16. Imagine what that’ll do to guys.
Post by on_the_edge on Aug 27, 2019 2:43:36 GMT -5
I don't want to see them go to 18 games but numbers are less an issue then quality of hits and when they happen. In 86 career regular season games he took 174 sacks. In comparison Stafford of Detroit in last 5 years played 90 regular season games and was sacked 213 times but hasn't missed a game.