Andrew Luck on boos from Colts fans: It hurt

AP

The reaction was as surprising as Andrew Luck‘s decision. Maybe more surprising.

Luck won 53 regular-season games, four playoff games and made four Pro Bowls for the Colts. He delivered many memories to Indianapolis.

Yet, as he left the field for the final time as a member of the Colts on Saturday night, after news broke of his retirement, many of those left in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium booed. They booed loudly.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I heard the reaction,” Luck said, via Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. “It hurt; I’ll be honest.”

The Colts were as disappointed with fans’ reaction as Luck was.

“For those people that booed tonight, it’s an emotional time and I understand that,” General Manager Chris Ballard said. “This young man had done a lot for the city of Indianapolis, and for the Colts. Nobody died. And we will keep moving forward and we will make this city proud.”

Luck, who turns 30 next month, said he will continue to call Indianapolis home. It will give Colts fans a chance to make up with their former quarterback, who left Lucas Oil Stadium disappointed for more than one reason Saturday night.

103 responses to “Andrew Luck on boos from Colts fans: It hurt

  1. Anyone who booed isn’t a true fan. I never cared for Luck but this man carried that team for 7 years behind mostly crappy offensive lines while destroying his shoulder and leg. Shameful

  2. Disgraceful fans who booed him. He made a choice based on what he felt was best for him and his family. That’s what matters most. His decision didn’t harm anybody else.

  3. That’s shameful. I understand the disappointment, and franchise QBs aren’t easy to find, but still to boo the guy is classless. He has taken hundreds of hard hits to help that team win and I’m sure this was no easy decision for him…show the man some love Indianapolis.

  4. People who booed Luck should be ashamed of themselves. Who raised you? Who hurt you? Why are you such a jerk?

    That whole stadium full of people needs to take a day to look in a mirror and see what kind of person they’ve become.

  5. Luck, who turns 30 next month, said he will continue to call Indianapolis home. It will give Colts fans a chance to make up with their former quarterback,

    Or TP the front gate of his house.

  6. Trash humans booing someone that is making a health related decision. Not many sports players know when to walk away before it’s too late. These people need to get a life. Stop idolizing sports stars to the point of rather seeing them destroy their bodies, then call it quits before they are screwed permanently.
    Drunk, low life, Colts fans.

  7. Confident they were booing the decision not the man. I know its hard in today’s age to separate being unhappy at decision and not the person but try to be an adult about this.

  8. It’s not the classiest response, and Luck certainly has the right to retire, but he assumed responsibility for people’s sports dreams when he became franchise QB and thus deserves all the negativity that comes with quitting on them.

  9. Andrew needs to understand where the fans are coming from. They watched a team tank a whole season to draft him. They watched the quarterback that he replaced go to 2 Superbowls winning one of them. They have had to watch countless Peyton Manning commercials since his departure. They have had to watch the Patriots’ reign of terror since deflategate.They have been repeatedly misled and lied to by Colts ownership. All they want is hope (or maybe a participation trophy or maybe a bobblehead will do). Andrew don’t be hard on the fans.Try to understand their pain.

  10. Perhaps there’s more to it, but I’m not sure the gm actually said anything at all in that quote…except for expressing empathy with those fans that booed.

  11. Andrew Luck injuries through 6 NFL seasons
    » Torn cartilage in 2 ribs
    » partially torn abdomen
    » a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood
    » at least 1 concussion
    » a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder
    » and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this

  12. Unacceptable. Deplorable. AWFUL fan-base. No excuse for that. I would’ve been shocked to see that in PHILLY, for God’s sake. That’s gonna stick to Indy. And it should.

  13. Last night the city of Indianapolis was stained with shame by the disgraceful, disgruntled fans who projected an image that many hope will have immense consequences for the city. NFL fans throughout the country were appalled by the classless display by selfish buffoons. Boo on, Indianapolis fans. The city that was once a bastion of college basketball will return to its roots. I believe the NFL will need to relocate the Combine next year to appease the national media and fanbase … and good luck getting another Super Bowl! You have now become the benchmark for disgusting boorish behavior. Comedians will keep the moment alive for decades just as they have the Philadelphia fans booing Santa Claus. Only this time the Colts’ fans conduct is forever immortalized in digital memories.

  14. It’s the timing of his retirement that has fans booing. Probably an honest mistake on Luck’s part, but had he retired a month ago the Colts could have traded for and trained in a quarterback that would actually give them a chance this season. I remember Luck’s last year in college when the conventional thinking was if NFL teams “sucked for Luck” that year they would draft him and get Super Bowl wins. Indianapolis did so, traded off Manning, and this was the consequence.

  15. i would have booed as well. if he had any thought of retirement prior to 2 weeks before the season, then he should have done so then. he just screwed his fanbase and team that he “loved” by doing it now.

  16. I don’t blame any athlete who steps away. They need to take care of their health and family. I just hope the Colts don’t get a good QB in 2020.

    I can understand the fans frustration because they have been lied to for months.
    They have been told it’s just a calf strain, then BAM, out of the blue “I’m retiring”.

    If Luck had come clean with the fans and team earlier, or the team had let on earlier, so the fans had a couple of month they wouldn’t have been let down a couple of weeks before the season starts.

    Now the Colts are well positioned to Tank for Tua, another 0-16 season coming up, with no lead time or warning to the fans.

    I’d be really angry if I was a season ticket holder and the team pulled this crap.

  17. raidercode says:
    August 25, 2019 at 2:48 am
    Time for another tank job by Indy. They did it with Manning, ‘sucked for Luck’. Nobody tanks like the Colts.

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    Everything you said is true except I feel Indy’s roster is too talented for that to work this time around.

    The roster isn’t nearly as flawed as in years past. It would be a real challenge to compete with Miami and the redskin for the 1st overall pick.

  18. raidercode says:
    August 25, 2019 at 2:48 am
    Time for another tank job by Indy. They did it with Manning, ‘sucked for Luck’. Nobody tanks like the Colts.
    ………………………………………………………………
    Tank for Tua

  19. Blame Adam schefter. The guy is a piece of work. He released lucks news for him well the guy was on the sideline still. Adam cares more about being a story break weasle than he does about other humans

  20. Ummm…am I the only person who sides with the fans? Dude, you had a whole offseason to retire. To do it a week before the season is a slap in the face of your teammates. Selfish.

  21. As a Dolphins fan I just want to wish Andrew Luck and his family all the very best as they move on. Based on those who chose to vent the way they did last night, he’s better off out of it. Why should he put himself through that harm every year for a bunch of classless shameful and disgraceful so called fans. That was awful to hear. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  22. This just proves you need to build a solid offensive line before you put your franchise out thereto get killed..Year after year, Luck was just getting pummeled back and and unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before his body couldn’t do it anymore. Very sad for him and the NFL that his career was cut short so quickly. He is a very classy person and player, something the NFL sorely lacks nowadays

  23. He should be booed. He doesn’t love the game as much as the fans do. He was earning his money.

    Luck is the anti-young Bert Favre. Luck wants to go sit on the French Riviera, drink wine, and got to art exhibits. Favre wanted to play football and poke dead things with a stick.

  24. From 2012 to 2018…

    Andy Dalton has more wins, a higher QB rating,
    a higher completion percentage, 11 less fumbles,
    3 more rushing touchdowns, 1 more receiving touchdowns,
    and 43 more sacks than Andrew Luck.

    Just the facts.

  25. For those that want to insult the entire colts fanbase… I was there, probably 50 percent of the folks in in the stadium were bears fans… They were loud through the whole game..

  26. I get why they boo. 2 weeks before the season starts the franchise player on the team retires out of the blue. To me it was more a natural reaction to what occurred. My gut is even though it looks bad at it give people on here free licence to put people down they have never met and will never, I suggest they were booing the decision not the person. Simple as that. I would boo the decision too.

  27. I am not saying it’s right, but I think you would’ve seen the same thing with any team’s fans in this situation – not just Colts fans. Colts fans are not special or unique. They are people. People suck.

  28. Sounds like fickle fans to me. I doubt most of the fans that booed have meaningful jobs, but if they do, then I hope when they retire all their co workers booed the crap out of them the last day and make them feel like crap.

  29. And I thought Lions fans had no class. They boo their Quarterback who has broken over 20 NFL records already after taking over an 0-16 team, got them to the playoffs, with a run game that AVERAGED last over the last 10 years, receivers who lead the league in drops, one of the worst offensive lines, and a defense that gives up leads. So they boo him after a 3 touchdown game where the defense gets beat by a backup or rookie QB in the last minute.
    Too many fans are irrational uneducated whiners, angry at their pathetic lives.

  30. I would rather A Man that comes straight to my face and do and say what Luck Said, than someone That goes on social media or come on to the field and give a half hearted effort… I have nothing but Love and Respect for You Andrew… No One knows what a person is going through until you’re in those shoes…

  31. atthemurph says:
    August 25, 2019 at 8:19 am

    … Luck wants to go sit on the French Riviera, drink wine, and got to art exhibits…
    __________________
    count me in, I do too.

  32. Timing is everything and Luck’s timing is awful. Booing fans who are attending a meaningless preseason game are invested in that team with thousands of their hard earned dollars. I’d boo too.

  33. Not an Indy fan, but am a fan of Luck. By all accounts a nice guy, and on a different team with a better O-line (supporting cast), he had the potential to have a great career. Too bad some of the booing fans can’t understand what drove him into retirement. If you look at the list of major injuries that the man had suffered, mainly because of the Colts mismanagement, it’s not hard to see why he retired.

  34. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rothlesberger does the same thing, next time he gets hit. He definitely likes the paychecks more than the hits that’ll keep coming, when your that fat and slow !

  35. If I’m a season ticket holder that just renewed and find out mid game where I see him on the field laughing and joking….I’m booing the timing.

    A lot of sensitive commenters above. People are human and react in the moment.

  36. Forget those fans and forget that organization. They abandoned Baltimore for a small market they couldn’t profit from. They lucked into Peyton Manning, who single handedly made the Indianapolis Colts. Then you cut him for being hurt. He got another ring and you got the sorrow you deserve.

  37. The Colts should still be in Baltimore.Indy always seemed like a whistlestop and, if not for Peyton Manning, Irsay would have moved the team by now.

  38. If Luck and the organization knew this was coming since March the fans were deceived for financial reasoning, the Boos weren’t loud enough!!

  39. Andrew needs to understand where the fans are coming from. They watched a team tank a whole season to draft him.

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    This organization is the worst. They had Peyton Manning for years with one SuperBowl victory. Suck for Luck but refuse to surround him with an O-line. Fall ass-backward into Frank Reich and will still have nothing to show for it. Their next move will be “Lose for Lawrence 2021”.

  40. While I agree that boooing Luck may not have been fair to him, I understand the fans’ anger. When he had the shoulder injury, the team kept indicating he was going to play the season. They kept pushing back the date until finally they placed him on IR. This season, we heard about his injury and that again he was going to come back and play. A week before the regular season, he retires. Whether the problem is with the team, or with Luck, the messaging to the fans has been extremely poor and inaccurate. Boooing? News breaks, people show their unhappiness. I think over time, people will see him favorably.

  41. And with one retirement and a set of classless boo’s, the Colts have turned back the clock to the late 80’s early 90’s. Somebody has to be a multi-decade laughing stock in the NFL. Might as well be the Colts. They should draft Jeff George Jr in 2020!!!!

  42. I would like to note that the Colts organization was not able to protect this young qb even thou they carried extra salary room. They wrecked him with those O lines.

  43. The fans should have been booing the ownership who did not provide a decent O line to protect you from the beating you took. Had they been diligent they would have realized your the franchise protect the franchise.
    Sorry to see him go, I thought he had the best arm in football last year and 39 td’s says so.

  44. The people in Baltimore are loving it. Karma has finally happened to the Colts after they left Baltimore.

  45. Luck should move. Go live on a beach or up in the mountains. There’s more to this country than Indianapolis.

  46. The same Baltimore that cheered when the Browns were stolen from Cleveland and relocated to their city??

  47. fishfan77 says:
    August 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    The same Baltimore that cheered when the Browns were stolen from Cleveland and relocated to their city??

    The Colts sneaked out in the middle of the night like a thief. The people of Cleveland knew the browns were leaving plus they got another another NFL team.

  48. I hate the colts and their fanbase for what they did to a true football city (Baltimore), but Luck deserves so much more. Guy moved to flyover country and gave that team hope and a few good years and this is how they treat him? They deserve Irsay.

  49. These Colts’ fans are angry because they know the team is going to be awful for the next many seasons. Even if they are able to draft Trevor Lawrence or Tua Tagovailoa, great quarterbacks in the draft have still been virtually nonexistent over the last 10 years. As of right now, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson were the few exceptions. There is a young quarterback every season who is retiring before a 42-year-old Tom Brady or 40-year-old Drew Brees. This is not the early 2000’s or late 90’s Quarterback Renaissance Period.

  50. Not that I’m saying I’m good with fans booing Luck last night, but you’re all hypocrites for saying how classless it is and blah, blah, blah.

    Every single fan base has boo’d their QB or players at some point. In Houston, they boo’d Matt Schaub loudly. In Nashville, they boo’d Vince Young even louder. In Philly, they boo everyone (even Santa Claus.)

    It’s a part of life.

  51. They should be booing the incompetent front office that refused to give him an offensive line that could protect him. An entirely inept organization.

  52. It’s unfortunate that the reaction from the fans went that way. Would they rather he still play when his heart is not in it? That would lead to great results I’m sure. The Ballard’s sort of deserve this for not protecting their qb’s all these years. Hope Andrew can enjoy the rest of his life and be content in his decision, from what I’ve seen he’s always carried himself with class and dignity.

  53. What a complete let down to the fans and Colts organization – after all that hype, all that “Suck for Luck” battle with Miami. LOL! This is just another reason I don’t watch it anymore. These players are so soft yet they wear more padding than ever before and are protected by more safety rules each year but will spend weeks on the bench with a “hamstring” issue. Of course, he had to sob during his presser! BTW, he played 6 seasons not 7.

  54. alonestartexan says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    Not that I’m saying I’m good with fans booing Luck last night, but you’re all hypocrites for saying how classless it is and blah, blah, blah.

    Every single fan base has boo’d their QB or players at some point. In Houston, they boo’d Matt Schaub loudly. In Nashville, they boo’d Vince Young even louder. In Philly, they boo everyone (even Santa Claus.)

    It’s a part of life.

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    For bad performances yes, or sometimes for having done some other bad thing. But Luck wasn’t doing anything bad, he was just retiring. Basically deciding hes not going to go through yet another long rehab. So after 7 years of working hard for Indy they booed him out the door. This was a different level.

  55. Look, I get why Andrew Luck retired. Injuries take a toll on the body. But c’mon, did he really expect that he would get cheered when he retired 2 weeks before the season started? At least have the nuts to say hey, this is my last year. Play the season out, give the fans a chance to cheer you out, even if its only for 12 games. Dude pulled a really selfish move.

  56. Why di the Baltimore Colts move to Hoosier land in the first place? They weren’t used to pro football and don’t know how to act.

  57. Lets say the fans cheered when Lucks retirement was announced would that be appropriate?You guys need to back off colts fans they were booing the decision not the man. They have little hope cheering for the pacers and colts year after year not a championship in sight

  58. no. they were not “booing the decision”, they were booing the player. no excuses here, just pathetic.

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