Jim Irsay: I don’t rule out an Andrew Luck return

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Andrew Luck officially announced his retirement during an emotional press conference on Saturday night and then answered many questions from reporters about what went into the decision.

Luck’s decision was made because of his desire to end what he called a cycle of injury, pain and rehab over the last few years. He was asked about the possibility of returning to play if his current ankle injury heals in a way that he’s not feeling the same kind of pain in the future.

“I can’t see the future,” Luck said. “But I very clearly in my mind see that I won’t.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay Irsay discussed the same possibility during his own press conference on Saturday. He mentioned Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan in a winding and hopeful answer.

“You know, I don’t rule it out,” Irsay said. “Because as quickly as this thing sort of descended on us, and as mysterious as it was coming upon us, it could leave the same way.”

While the announcement came as a surprise, Luck did not sound like someone who had made a quick decision to end his playing career. That doesn’t preclude a change of heart at some point, but Irsay’s thoughts seem to be wishful thinking as much as anything else at this point.

25 responses to “Jim Irsay: I don’t rule out an Andrew Luck return

  1. Irsay is not exactly the poster boy for clear, rational thinking. Luck, on the other hand, is a smart and thoughtful guy with a new wife and a baby on the way. Never say never, but it sure looks like the smart money is on Luck staying retired and moving on to a new phase in his life.

  2. Denial, the first stage of grief. Wait til they move on to anger. Buy extra popcorn if any’s left.

  3. By week one Luck will have his house paid off, a new car for his wife, a 5% ownership in the colts and use of the jet whenever/as often as you want. Oh, and a new bookstore chain called “Luck’s”

  4. In all seriousness, this goes back to the days when Ryan Grigson thought it was more important to draft “skill” positions than O lineman. Ballard has done a great job with the Colts, it’s just a little late for AL. Tough loss for the NFL, AL was fun to watch.

  5. I feel like the world is right again.I think Andrew Luck was a great player but Jim Irsay did not deserve to have Luck gifted to him after he had Peyton for over a decade. The only thing that really sucks is my Titans never beat him. Titan Up.

  6. Somebody said it best last night – don’t invade Miami’s territory with a suck for Tua campaign.

  7. Irsay may be right about a Luck return at some point…..it just wont be a return to Irsay and the Colts…

  8. Irsay has known about this for awhile – hence the multiple, conflicting diagnoses for what was ailing Luck.

    He has an established history of lying to his own team’s fanbase in order to secure season ticket sales.

    I wish Luck all the best in his future endeavours (as i’m sure most Colts fans will, once they get over the shock nature of this announcement).

  9. They drafted this guy, made him the Franchise player and face of the organization
    and put virtually no protection around him to keep him upright
    They should have seen this coming…

  10. “Jim Irsay: I don’t rule out an Andrew Luck return”

    He is going to return, just not to any team owned by Irsay. Luck wants to win, something that will never happen with an Irsay owned team.

  11. be harder to win those three superbowls in a row. he needs to move this team to london while it still sucks

  12. Time to Tank for Tua.
    Although sounds like Miami is going to play Fitzpatrick in hope of the #1 pick rather than the improved Rosen

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