After spending seven seasons in the NFL and picking up injury after injury, particularly in the last three years of so, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has made the “hardest decision of his life” by deciding he will retire effective immediately. Citing a lack of joy playing the game due to the nature of continuously rehabbing his body only to once again get hurt, Luck has opted to do the only thing he claims can stop the cycle: retire from it entirely.
The news came out during the Colts’ third preseason game of the year against the Chicago Bears, a game that ended in a 27-17 loss. It was first reported that he would make his announcement official on Sunday, but with the cat out of the bag, the former #1 pick out of Stanford delivered the news on Saturday night. There were a contingent of fans that we unhappy and turned their vitriol toward him as a result, but this is a decision you have to respect. He has a long life ahead of him, a family, and a great education to back him up. At 29 years of age, Luck joins the likes of Calvin Johnson and Rob Gronkowski as big names to hang up his cleats early in recent years. Luck was last season’s Comeback Player of the Year, leading the Colts to an unlikely playoff spot after their slow start.