Andrew Luck decided to shock the football world, as he announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night. Luck stated that the constant occurrence of injuries has taken away his love for the game.
Luck informed the Indianapolis Colts of his official retirement before their preseason game. According to officials from the Colts organization, they knew of Luck’s desire to potentially retire all training camp. Luck has been on the wrong side of multiple injuries, which have stifled his hall-of-fame potential career. Luck went on record during an emotional interview that those constant, nagging injuries were the reason for his retirement, as his passion and love for the game was unfairly taken from him.
The Colts fans were booing during the preseason game following Luck’s retirement announcement. This comes as a surprise, as Luck continuously gave his heart and soul to the organization and fans. The city of Indianapolis was blessed with 20 years of consistent quarterback play by two of the best talents from this generation. In 1998, the Colts drafted future legend Peyton Manning; you might’ve heard of him. Manning went on to play for the Colts until 2011, when he was cut, due to uncertainty about his future because of a serious neck injury.
The Colts suffered one season of gruesome quarterback play, when they contacted retired signal-caller Kerry Collins, and then his backup Curtis Painter, to run the show for the team. That season led to the drafting of Luck, and since that pick, the Colts have been treated to six seasons of great quarterback play. A fanbase spoiled with that quarterback talent shouldn’t be booing. Give the New York Jets organization a play-caller with even a portion of Luck’s ability. The Jets haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath, and he’s arguably the most overrated player in NFL history.
Luck finishes his career with 23,671 passing yards on 60.8 completion percentage, 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions. His best season came in 2014, before the injuries plagued his young career. That season, Luck led the Colts to their third straight 11-5 season, where he passed for 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns.
The nagging injuries would begin after that season, when he only played seven games in 2015 due to a sprained shoulder and lacerated kidney. Even though he would play 15 games in 2016, Luck dealt with a labrum strain in his shoulder for the whole season. Luck overcame the injury and passed for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns. After that season, he would have shoulder surgery, ending his 2017 season before it even started. Last year was a return to form for Luck, who passed for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns.
The Colts were approaching this season with championship aspirations. With the news of the Luck retirement, their focus shifts to finding the next great quarterback to fill the shoes of Luck and Manning. Luck’s retirement at 29 adds him to the coveted “what-if” list.