Andrew Luck: I still love football but physically it has taken its toll

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring from football not because he doesn’t still love the game, but because it hurts too much to play it.

Luck, who has been missing training camp and the preseason while rehabbing the latest in a long line of injuries, said in his retirement announcement that he doesn’t want to come to hate football because of the pain it causes him.

“Over the past week I’ve been thinking, am I going to have a bunch of resentment toward this game? Or spite toward coming into this building? All I feel is love for this game and love for my teammates,” he said. “Physically it has taken its toll over the last four years, that’s why I’m here — and the mental and emotional toll as well.”

For those who wonder whether the 29-year-old Luck might come back from retirement, that he still loves the game could fuel that speculation. But he sounds like he loves living a pain-free life even more, and he doubts he can ever do that if he keeps playing football.

49 responses to “Andrew Luck: I still love football but physically it has taken its toll

  1. Maybe he takes a year off to let his body fully re-calibrate. Barry Sanders, Jim Brown were in rare air when they left in there prime pretty much fully healthy. Luck still has a fire just his body has been failing him. I can see him coming back bring traded for a boat load of picks for the right situation.

  2. Took a lot of punishment those first few years. I rarely remember him sliding. If anyone questions his toughness – they weren’t watching. Remember him getting blasted, getting up, tap the guy on his helmet, and say “Good hit!”

  3. Luck was a football player, not a quarterback. Eli Manning gets praise for “not getting hurt” because he falls down when he sees a pass rush so he doesn’t take a hit. That’s a quarterback. Andrew Luck played the position like a football player. He took the hits, rant when he had to, and continued to lead his team. He didn’t play like he was wearing a red shirt like Eli.

  4. Shame to lose him but nice that he gets to walk away on his own accord. The game takes a toll on your body and after all the injuries and rehabbing he’s done I don’t blame him.

  5. Irsay kept Ryan Griggson as his GM. Griggson ignored the Oline, resulting in Luck getting hurt the first time.
    Had he fired Griggson earlier maybe Luck doesn’t gt hurt the first time and keeps on playing.

    What a disaster for the franchise.

    But they are now well placed to tank for Tua, just like they Sucked for Luck.

    If I were Irsay I’d not take chances, I’d trade for Nathan Peterman and start him all 16 games to ensure 0 wins.

  6. Andrew Luck has closed the book of his football career…..get healthy as best you can and enjoy your next chapters of your life. Anybody who thinks he shouldn’t, is just is being selfish for their OWN football entertainment.

  7. I wonder at times how things might be different if the Redskins had the chance to select Luck, For himself and the team.
    Have a great life Andrew.

  8. Curse of Deflategate continues, is real, could last many more years….Too bad for Luck, as he’s a good guy…But, the Colts organization,,,is DIRTY

  9. Smart man. Make some real money to provide for your future and that of your family and then walk away being able to enjoy it.

    All that being said Luck was never one of the true NFL greats.

  10. Adam schefter made this all about himself. Releasing the news well the guy was still Infront of his home fans. He knew what he was doing. That was lucks news to release, he knew colts fans were going tk be confused and angry. They went from playoff hopes to jacoby being qb1 for them. That’s what was bound to happen. People need to call schefter out

  11. WOW… I went to bed watching a boring 49ers pre season game and then I woke up to THIS. Shocking. Good for Andrew Luck though, the mans a class act and I wish the guy nothing but success going forward, takes maturity and a strong dude to walk away from the game and the 10’s of millions left to make in his career at just 29yrs old.

    This just sucks for the Colts though, as much as IND want’s to say Brissett is a good starting caliber QB he’s not which is terrible for the Colts because they have a roster ready to contend, now they just need the QB. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see IND make a move to get up high enough in the draft to select their next franchise signal caller.

    Andrew Luck is still just 29yrs old, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if after a year or two off, after separating himself from the game he loves for a while his decision to walk away ends up weighing on him and he ends up returning in his early 30’s after a bit of layoff to recoup and heal. I wouldn’t count on it but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  12. Luck doesn’t have a fire for football. He has a fire for snowboarding (shoulder injury) a fire for skateboarding (new ankle injury) and never really cared that much for football.

    Football was his meal ticket and he was groomed by his father to get his big pay day. He got it.

  13. Seriously, you have one body and mind. You’ve made a ton of cash. If you’re done – be done. Enjoy your life man!

  14. This is mostly Irsay’s fault. Going in the media to play doctor for your star player is probably not wise. I think he wanted to prove he could come back last year, had a year for the ages, and can now go off into the sunset in peace because that shoulder and all of the other injuries will just get worse going forward.

  15. I believe this is the wisest decision Luck has made in his life. I expect he has enough money so he and his family don’t have to worry and now he has the added “stress reliever” of knowing he won’t be getting his brains beat out and his body abused every day of the week from July through January. The threat of his life being destroyed by CTE has decreased significantly.

  16. The next one up will be Aaron Rodgers retirement after Mack and the Bears crush them (and avenge last season’s “miracle” Rodgers comeback after getting carted off the field). It will be a beautiful thing, even if we have to hope and wish Trubisky was actually Mahomes.

  17. I really respect a guy who has the self knowledge to know what works for him and what does not. I wish him well, and you know what, there will be another stud QB show up unexpectedly this year, and we will all be fine.

  18. Time for the NFL to once again soften the game to protect the QB. There will be changes as a result of this retirement. As mentioned many times already, goes to show how important the OL is to a franchise & how it can potentially effect a team for not just a year, but for a decade or more.

  19. nonsenseofpink says:
    August 25, 2019 at 6:56 am
    Luck was a football player, not a quarterback. Eli Manning gets praise for “not getting hurt” because he falls down when he sees a pass rush so he doesn’t take a hit. That’s a quarterback. Andrew Luck played the position like a football player. He took the hits, rant when he had to, and continued to lead his team. He didn’t play like he was wearing a red shirt like Eli.

    I get that bashing Eli Manning is the cool thing to do. But go back and watch the Giants and 49ers NFC Championship game in 2011 and then reconsider whether or not he hung in there to take hits when it matters. There are legit critiques of Eli as a QB but his toughness isn’t one of him. His streak, along with Favre’s and Peyton’s before the neck injury, is pretty remarkable. Give them their due.

    As for Luck, wish him well in retirement. He must have been in tremendous pain to walk away in his prime. Appreciated the way he played the game.

  20. Isn’t that pretty much what everyone dreams of doing? Get a job that will make you a ton of money, retire young and enjoy the rest of your life.

    Good for him.

  21. For years on end, Irsay ignored the offensive line and Luck took a horrible beating in the process. You reap what you sow Jim.

  22. Good for you Andrew. Great player, intelligent human being who has great things in his future. Indy fans should be ashamed for booing him. He literally gave it all he had and sometimes life does not go the way you usually dream it would. Thank you Andrew for all you’ve given football fans.

  23. chastain00 says:
    August 25, 2019 at 7:51 am
    I wonder at times how things might be different if the Redskins had the chance to select Luck, For himself and the team.
    Have a great life Andrew.
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    Redskins fan here. Did you not see what we did to RG3’s career. Even when we’re able to develop a QB to a probowl level we find a away to stink up the situation. We could have signed Cousins to a $20 million dollar pe year contract after his rookie deal was up instead we lowballed him with $15 million per year, he took the one year franchise tag of $19 million, and eventually forced his way onto free agency. We don’t do QBs righy in Washington. Some of the past QBs we either couldn’t appreciate or develop who went elsewhere and experience way more success include Brad Johnson who went to Tampa Bay and won a superbowl and Trent Green who almost QB the greatest show on turf before getting hurt but still put up monster seasins in KC later on.

  24. nonsenseofpink says:
    August 25, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Luck was a football player, not a quarterback. Eli Manning gets praise for “not getting hurt” because he falls down when he sees a pass rush so he doesn’t take a hit. That’s a quarterback. Andrew Luck played the position like a football player. He took the hits, rant when he had to, and continued to lead his team. He didn’t play like he was wearing a red shirt like Eli.
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    Wonderful. And in the process he won squat, and then quit at 29. Sounds like the tough guy was a big success.

  25. You don’t value your health until it’s gone. Good for him. At some point, you have to walk away so better to be early than late. Time to find a new mountain to climb.

  26. nonsenseofpink says:
    August 25, 2019 at 6:56 am
    Luck was a football player, not a quarterback. Eli Manning gets praise for “not getting hurt” because he falls down when he sees a pass rush so he doesn’t take a hit. That’s a quarterback. Andrew Luck played the position like a football player. He took the hits, rant when he had to, and continued to lead his team. He didn’t play like he was wearing a red shirt like Eli.
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    LOL have you seen the o-line Eli has played behind for the past decade? I may be ready to move on from Eli as a Giant fan but dont question Elis toughness. He has taken his fair share of hits courtesy of Ereck Flowers. One thing the Mannings have in common is toughness. Luck “likes” football he doesnt love it like Eli or Peyton or else he’d still be playing. Nonsense in your name is right.

  27. People act like the beating this mans body has taken started when he joined the NFL.

    He’s been playing a highly-physical sport since middle school. That’s 25 years. It AMAZES me in equal parts that anyone can sustain that level of punishment, and, that far more well-known NFL players don’t leave “early” like this.

    Anyone who thinks football players don’t earn their salary, are crazy.

  28. I wish there were a way for the low-lifes who boo’d him at the Indianapolis game should be forced to stand behind center behind a porous offensive line and get repeatedly blitzed and pummeled.

  29. gronknation says:
    August 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    classic millenial, i knew this guy was a bum.too soft to play with the big boys

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    Doug Gottlieb is that you?

    Remember when he played through a lacerated kidney and partially torn ab muscle?

  30. gronknation says:
    August 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    brady should be available next year. no reason for irsay to panic
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    I realize this was said in jest, but can you imagine Brady’s reaction to a call from irsay? Tom Terrific would laugh his arse off and then hang up.

  31. edon8334 says:
    August 25, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    gronknation says:
    August 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    classic millenial, i knew this guy was a bum.too soft to play with the big boys

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    Doug Gottlieb is that you?

    Remember when he played through a lacerated kidney and partially torn ab muscle?

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    That could not possibly be true because the Colts never stated those things on the injury report

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