Tom Brady on Andrew Luck: “It’s his life”

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Tom Brady has outlasted another Colts quarterback.

But unlike some, the Patriots quarterback has no problem with Andrew Luck‘s surprising retirement announcement Saturday.

Brady said during an interview on WEEI this morning that he was fine with Luck stepping away.

“It is his life. Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do,” Brady said. “He had a great career and he was a great player. Everybody wishes they could be healthy all the time. It is a contact sport and he’s certainly had his fair share of injuries, so guys retire at different times. Some at the end of the season, and I have seen a lot of guys retire before the season gets going and this is just one of those examples.”

While Luck walked away at 29, the 42-year-old Brady is going into his 20th season, and credited the support system he has in place for his longevity.

“I think it’s everything. There’s definitely a physical element. There’s definitely an emotional element. I think there is a mental element. Everything in my view really has to come together for you to be the best version of yourself as a player, and it takes a lot of support,” Brady said. “It takes a lot of people. You see certainly, you can see me as an individual doing that. I have the support of my teammates, my coaches, my family, my friends, Alex [Guerrero], my training system. All those things really need to come together in order to continue to achieve.

“It feels great when you have that support because a football season is like a marathon. There’s moments where it is very challenging whether it’s physically, emotionally, or mentally — you need somebody to help you push through the hard parts because it’s not all easy. It’s a great challenge, but it is very rewarding when you meet the challenge, too.”

Brady’s commitment to a program to keep himself healthy is well-documented. But he hasn’t had to deal with the concentration of injuries Luck has had to, which proves that lower-case L luck is a big factor as well.

48 responses to “Tom Brady on Andrew Luck: “It’s his life”

  1. The Colts put luck behind a sub-par o-line for years, and now they’re paying for the consequences of that decision. Let this be a lesson to all GMs with promising young quarterbacks on their roster.

  2. Brady was smart in his career always took less money to have a Great line protecting him and also learned to throw faster than the defense getting to him.I laugh when people make fun of him with the Dinks and Dunks look at how Lucks career ended.He is 42 and still going strong my opinion he played the Game smart.

  3. Brady’s commitment to a program to keep himself healthy is well-documented. But he hasn’t had to deal with the concentration of injuries Luck has had to, which proves that lower-case L luck is a big factor as well. Nice salt jab at the end brady trains better and smarter and plays more intelligent no luck involved there.

  4. There is certainly luck involved, but Tom has always had a very good offensive line in front of him; great coaches including Dante, Josh and of course Bill; a great offensive scheme to get the ball out quickly; a good running game; and usually a very good defense to get the back to him quickly. Luck had some good receivers but no time to get the ball to them. And of course their defense stunk, so he was always playing catch up. Sad that their team is finally coming around now….to late.

  5. The actual l is for loser as in loser franchise. Obviously Andrew Luck was not able to psyche himself up to go to battle because he had no confidence in the ownership of the team.

  6. Basically, Luck just didn’t have insane durability. He might’ve still got to 37 but was unlucky with injury in 2015, and unlucky being a Colt as they just rode him thru that & other injuries.

  7. Brady also took less money so there was more for that offensive line that protects him.

  8. Luck made a lot of plays with his legs. He also took a lot of shots. He should have thrown the ball away like Manning did. He would still be playing and the Colts would have improved their o-line years earlier.

  9. 1. Brady gets rid of the ball FAST

    2. Belichick isn’t a moron, he makes sure Brady has an adequate Oline (unlike Ryan Grigson who believed in ignoring the Oline)

  10. Angel Valle says: Brady.. hasn’t had to deal with the concentration of injuries Luck has had..
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    If you read as much as hate, you’d know Brady lost a year with an ACL and has played thru several other injuies, not least to both shoulders and feet/legs, and elsewhere – most recently the stitched up hand before the AFCCG v the Jags the season before last. Brady has also often had to deal with a patchwork line and few weapons. But what helps Brady over Luck and others is how quick Brady gets rids of the ball or throws it away, whereas Luck is more like Rodgers and tries playing hero with it for too long – and splat.

  11. cma1973 says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Or maybe he is just smart enough not to get lit up 15 times a game.

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    This x 1000. Colts fans loved and bragged about how physical and tough Luck was… “he loves contact” “he plays like linebacker”

    Yeah, neat… except he wasn’t a linebacker, he was a qb and as bad as his line was he did them no favors by holding onto the ball and scrambling around like he had a cape on his back. Intelligence is the most underrated asset a qb has. Luck isn’t by any means stupid, but he didn’t play smart either…

  12. It’s been well documented that the Colts rarely were honest regarding Luck’s injuries. They hid his lacerated kidney and his fractured ribs from the injury report. They consistently lied about and hid his shoulder problems. Now they’ve been lying about his calf/bone injury. Who knows what other issues Luck has had hat the Colts never reported?

  13. pacers1968 says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Nice try but the colts oline only gave up 15 sacks all season….

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    We aren’t talking last season. We’re talking about in previous seasons leading up to his injured 2017 season. Your team lied and hid injuries for years, caught numerous times. Enough with the games in Indy. You’ve been caught with them for years now.

  14. “But he hasn’t had to deal with the concentration of injuries Luck has had to, which proves that lower-case L luck is a big factor as well.”

    While it only takes one unfortunate hit to start the unraveling (see 2008), lower case luck has nothing to do with the scheme and the line that has helped keep Brady upright. He has never played behind a line that would be ranked any lower than good and doesn’t hesitate to throw the ball away when there’s nothing there.

  15. Always wondered what Luck thought about deflategate where 3 of 4 Colts footballs were documented as under inflated. As a Stanford alumnus he likely knew the science behind it.

  16. Not even 1/2 of 1% of the folks who post on this site have ever taken a college level football hit, let alone an NFL one. All the money in the world won’t help you if you have to spend the last 50 years of your life in pain. Not a Colts fan but am glad he picked the path he did and amazed at the fools who would give him the razz. Hope he has his health back soon. There are times when your brain can help you on issues besides hitting the right post route.

  17. Last night I watched Ted 2…and lost all respect for Tom Brady as a result.

    I remember the “suck for Luck” campaign between the Colts and the Rams.

  18. The reduction in salaries that Tom has taken has ended up being a great investment considering how long his career has been extended by having a solid team around him. Contrast Lucky’s career earnings vs Brady’s (add 60 million for the next 2 Brady years). Tom just has a lot of things figured out.

  19. It is funny how some people worship Brady for taking less money. News flash – Brady still makes more in a year than you will make in your life. Brady’s decisions do not make him some champion of the common man that you are so anxious to embrace.

  20. Luck did the best he could do under the circumstances he faced. Without TB being married to a Gazillionaire wife I doubt TB is giving money back to NE. Fans who suggest and or believe it’s a players responsibility to give up a single dime to help the team are unreasonable. It’s the owners and GM’s responsibility to properly equip a team, not the players. TB and NE have been fortunate in all respects. Be grateful that NE has a great GM. Luck didn’t. End of story. Best of Luck to luck! He’s a class act!

  21. The Colts certainly didn’t put a great team around Luck, but lots of guys have played with bad O-Lines longer. Some players just aren’t durable. That’s not a criticism, it’s just a reality. He knows his body isn’t healing like it should and that even if he gets back to 100% this time, he’ll keep going through that. He surely could stick it out for a few more years, but to what end?

  22. mooncussers says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:29 am
    There is certainly luck involved, but Tom has always had a very good offensive line in front of him;

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    No….not always. But the difference is that Brady will go down or their the ball away and love to run another play. Luck would stay in there and take too many hits and they caught up with him

  23. skawh says:
    August 26, 2019 at 9:29 am
    Luck did the best he could do under the circumstances he faced. Without TB being married to a Gazillionaire wife I doubt TB is giving money back to NE

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    Right….because nobody can love in a meager $24M per year.

  24. “But he hasn’t had to deal with the concentration of injuries Luck has had to”

    That’s because Bill knows the game starts and ends with the Oline, not the QB. Doesn’t matter who the QB is if you have a bunch of turnstiles in front of him.

    Quite strange really that so many of the GMs out there the last 20 years haven’t gotten that concept, get their QB and then don’t protect him properly.

  25. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 26, 2019 at 9:28 am
    It is funny how some people worship Brady for taking less money. News flash – Brady still makes more in a year than you will make in your life. Brady’s decisions do not make him some champion of the common man that you are so anxious to embrace.
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    Here’s a flash for you, not one Pats fan views Brady as a “champion of the common man.”
    But we do see him as a champion willing to do what it takes to not only be one but to remain one. There’s a lot of respect for Luck here in NE, just none for the (dis)organization that employed him.

  26. factschecker says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:21 am
    What Tom really meant to say was to point and…

    “Ha Ha!”

    Nelson Muntz

    +++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Doug Gottlieb, settle down.

  27. @cardinealsfan20 says:

    No one is calling Brady a champion of the common man. He is, however, a (6x) champion of football in part because he doesn’t demand every single dime that he could possibly leverage for.

    @skawh says:

    Brady has been below market his entire career. He married Gisele in 2009, halfway through his career. So yeah, no filthy rich wife necessary to make sacrifices for your team’s success.

  28. Retirement is different for everyone. True that Brady, other than the 1 knee injury has been healthy. It will be more interesting for Brady when he gets into his 50’s and he isn’t training for a football season, how will his body feel then ? Will he regret not retiring earlier ? We don’t know. So, really it’s his life.

  29. >>>Still would love to see Brady on a team not coached by Belichick to see how much was Brady vs. Belichick.<<<

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's probably a little bit of the both of them as successful franchises or dynasties if you will generally have the combination of both a great or good coach and great or good QB.

    Would you have also liked to have seen Bart Starr without Lombardi, Montana without Walsh, Bradshaw without Knoll? And of course you could reverse this and ask what kind of success these coaches would have had without those QBs too.

    It's not just a Brady without Belichick or Belichick without Brady discussion. When it's brought up though or mentioned I always notice how conveniently all these other coaches and quarterbacks are never a part of that same question and none of them won a single Super Bowl without the other.

  30. Angel Valle says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:22 am
    Brady’s commitment to a program to keep himself healthy is well-documented. But he hasn’t had to deal with the concentration of injuries Luck has had to, which proves that lower-case L luck is a big factor as well. Nice salt jab at the end brady trains better and smarter and plays more intelligent no luck involved there.

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    In 2001 Brady was hurt pretty badly in the AFCCG and came back and played great in the Super bowl.
    2002 he apparently had a bad sports hernia and would have possibly not been able to play in the playoffs if he made it.
    In 2007 Brady was hurt in the AFCCG and had a boot on for two weeks and played in the Super Bowl.
    In 2008 he sat out a year with an ACL and had many complications with infections.
    In 2017 Brady nearly had his thumb ripped off by a helmet and played the next game in the AFCCG.

    That’s just what we are aware of. Lets not pretend to know what Brady has been through to stay on the field all the time for the Patriots. He’s tough as they come.

    Luck is too.

  31. skawh says:
    August 26, 2019 at 9:29 am
    Luck did the best he could do under the circumstances he faced. Without TB being married to a Gazillionaire wife I doubt TB is giving money back to NE. Fans who suggest and or believe it’s a players responsibility to give up a single dime to help the team are unreasonable. It’s the owners and GM’s responsibility to properly equip a team, not the players. TB and NE have been fortunate in all respects. Be grateful that NE has a great GM. Luck didn’t. End of story. Best of Luck to luck! He’s a class act!

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    Has nothing to do with his wife. Brady has been playing the long game since early in his career. He was fortunate to see the value of winning to his lifestyle and his brand and in the end, that will be worth way, way more than whatever he gave away in contract negotiations. Like someone else pointed out, he only met Gisele later in his career and I am guessing his winning profile is part of what brought them together.

  32. dmca12 says:
    August 26, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Still would love to see Brady on a team not coached by Belichick to see how much was Brady vs. Belichick.

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    That wouldn’t prove it unfortunately. You bring many more variables into play and it’s only a moment in time.

    Peyton deserves a ton of respect for being the only QB to win Super Bowls with two teams. If he had closed out his career after the blow out loss to Seattle, not sure we would have thought the same. To get the job done he needed the great defense, so it’s not just playing somewhere else it’s the owner, coaching staff, other 52 guys and even the stadium in that case. Everything had to be right despite Peyton’s greatness.

    Warner came pretty close, and probably wins if not for the James Harrison play at the end of the half in the Super Bowl that was at least a 10 points swing and maybe 14. He deserves equal respect.

    I think Brady could have done it elsewhere, but we will never know. That ship has sailed.

  33. Now we can all laugh even harder at those who will try to discredit Brady by saying that QB’s don’t get hit in today’s NFL. Luck only played 6 seasons compared to Brady’s 19. Brady had played 11 seasons in the older, more physical, NFL before Luck was drafted by the Colts in 2012. In Lucks short career he had the follow injuries that we know about: shoulder injury, fractured ribs, kidney laceration, calf/ankle.

    I’m sure that Drew Bledsoe’s chest, Peyton Mannning’s neck/spine, Jimmy Garoppolo’s knee and Cam Newton’s walking boot and others would agree that QB’s still get hit since Brady was drafted by the Patriots in 2000.

  34. Tommy boy mad he’s not getting all the attention.

    “Look out now NFL you made him mad so he’s really going to score a lot”
    -every patriot fan

  35. dmca12 says:
    August 26, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Still would love to see Brady on a team not coached by Belichick to see how much was Brady vs. Belichick.
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    I have to wonder how many fans said (or continue to say) the same thing about Bradshaw and the 4 Lomardis he won with Noll.

  36. Brady even with bad lines in 2013 and 2014 always knew to get rid of the ball asap. Brady may have a great coach, owner and coordinator but he also knows not to play the hero all the time. Luck retiring early is the product of incompetent ownership like Grigson and Irsay not giving Luck good offensive lines. Plus Luck himself took too many unnecessary hits because he always wanted the big play instead of being smart.

  37. “the difference is that Brady will go down or their the ball away and love to run another play. Luck would stay in there and take too many hits and they caught up with hi”

    That’s not entirely true. The last few years mostly yes, but when Brady was in the early part of his career he was absolutely fearless about staying in the pocket and taking the hit as long as he though he could get a completion out of it. He took quite a lot of hits during the first 3 Super Bowl runs. It wasn’t until later in his career he become more willing to go down or toss it away.

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