Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck stunned the NFL on Saturday evening when he abruptly announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.
The oft-injured Luck said the decision was the hardest in his life. "I've been stuck in this process," he said, referring to his fairly constant string of injuries over the last four years. "I haven't been able to live the life I want to live. It's taken the joy out of this game." Luck added that "the only way to move forward" was to leave football.
The most interesting aspect of Andrew Luck’s words on his retirement last night is that what he was describing was so much more mental than physical pic.twitter.com/GcsV9VbJCW
Colts fans caught wind of Luck's forthcoming announcement during the 4th quarter of the team's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, and several of them booed the quarterback — who was inactive due to an injured ankle — as he walked off the field. The negative reaction was likely a result of the shocking nature of Luck's announcement, as Colts fans have always held their signal caller in high regard. Regardless, Luck's fellow current and former players mostly backed him up, even if they were just as surprised as everyone else.
Reporters & fans can’t believe Andrew Luck mentally checking out & retiring . I commend him for having the guts to come forward and be truthful. Personal health is more important than any game or team! The league def don’t care about ur well being when it’s over ♂️