T.Y. Hilton consulted Andrew Luck while contemplating retiring after neck surgery

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Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton returned to practice this week for the first time since having neck surgery this summer and he said at a Thursday press conference that his return to action wasn’t a sure thing.

Hilton said that some of his first thoughts after having the surgery were about whether or not he wanted to continue playing. Hilton said that one of the few people he spoke to about those thoughts was former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

After a quip about Luck’s early retirement, Hilton said his former teammate advised him to be patient about any decision.

“The first two days when I got home, I almost hung it up,” Hilton said, via Brett Bensley of WXIN and WTTV. “I can’t even lie. I didn’t pretty much tell nobody but the people close to me. I was close to hanging it up. I talked to Andrew, that was probably the wrong thing to do. . . . He wanted me to be good with it, get back healthy, don’t rush it, take your time.”

Hilton said the feeling of wanting to retire subsided and he said returning to the team’s facility reminded him that there was a “bigger picture than me.” He said he hopes his return to the field has been able to “bring that smile back” to the team after a tough loss to the Ravens and we’ll see if he can bring even more by tormenting the Texans once again this Sunday.

7 responses to “T.Y. Hilton consulted Andrew Luck while contemplating retiring after neck surgery

  1. “Hilton said the feeling of wanting to retire subsided and he said returning to the team’s facility reminded him that there was a “bigger picture than me.””

    Should have retired the neck and the back it connects to are things not to play with especially when you are taking mini car crashes every time you catch the ball. There is no bigger picture. The Colts will cut you as soon as you are of no use to them or are not worth your contract in their eyes. Hilton has more than enough money. You only get one body and one life.

  2. Wentz put up career numbers vs the ravens and bitter eagles fans are still trashing him. Was he supposed to kick field goals vs the ravens too? He carried the team on his back. Just admit it, Jalen Hurts is a bum who will get blasted off the map tonight, but go ahead and blame Wentz for that too. No wonder Ben Simmons wants out of Philadelphia, who would ever want to play for that fanbase

  3. Considering the coach is clueless and makes stupid coaching decisions, I would have retired rather then put my life and well being at risk for a team going nowhere.

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