INDIANAPOLIS – In a shocking development, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night, saying the ongoing injury had eroded his love for the game . , met with Colts owner Jim Irsay earlier to inform him of the decision.
The Colts played their third preseason game Saturday night in Indianapolis against the Chicago Bears. Luck was ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury, but he was seen on the sideline, laughing and talking to teammates.
After the game, Luck announced his retirement decision during an invalid news conference. He said an official announcement was not planned until Sunday afternoon, but he changed course once news broke during the preseason game.
"I'm stuck in this process," he said, pausing several times to overcome his emotions. "I've never lived the life I want to live. The joy of this game is taken … the only way for me to get rid of myself in football."
Luck's early retirement ends what began as a promising career for No. 1. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three NFL seasons, including the back-to-back AFC South title and the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
But his career has turned into a bad turn. when he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 of the season 2015. He missed 26 games, including the entire 2017 season, due to shoulder, kidney and rib injuries. It was during 2017 when Luck asked if he could continue his career.
But Luck returned in a big way last season.
|QB Andrew Luck||29||2019|
|TE Rob Gronkowski||29||2019|
|WR Percy Harvin||28||2017|
|OL John Urschel||26  2017|
|WR Calvin Johnson||30||2016|
|RB Marshawn Lynch *||29||2016|
|DL BJ Raji||29||2016|
|LB Jerod Mayo||29||2016|
|OL Anthony Davis||26||2016|
|LB Patrick Willis||30  2015|
|DL Jason Worilds||27||2015|
|QB Jake Locker||26||2015|
|LB Chris Borland||23||2015|
|* Back in the NFL at age 31|
| – ESPN Stats & Information  He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdow ns to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and lead the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time. for the first time since 2015, showing he remains one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
But the injury struck Luck earlier this year when he suffered. a calf strain that kept him out of team offseason activities and minicamp. Luck participated in only three days of training camp – not as a full participant – before it was announced that he had closed it because he had difficulty moving out of pocket.
Luck said on July 30 that he would not return until he was 100% healthy, with part of the reason he still has "emotional scars" from the time of 2017. After not getting one clear injury assessment of Luck, Colts manager Chris Ballard said two weeks ago that the quarterback was dealing with pain in the high ankle area.
Luck told reporters Saturday night that he first started thinking about retirement two weeks ago.
"I'm in pain; I'm in pain," he said.
Funny news for a Colts team going into the second round of the playoffs last season and in the eyes of many with a Super Bowl-caliber roster in 2019.
"It's been tough," Luck said. . "I love this team. I love my teammates."
Colts fans were unkind, with several booing him on the field during Saturday's game after news broke in the second half.
"I'd be lying. If I said I didn't hear it," Luck said of the boos. "Yes, it hurts."
Today, the Colts return to Jacoby Brissett, the 26-year-old quarterback acquired from the New England Patriots in 2017.
In dealing with Luck in dealing with various injuries in 2017, Brissett started 15 games for Indy, throwing for 3,098 yards, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. in the Luck news, spreading the point of the Colts' Week 1 road game with the Charger off the board and extending the odds of Indianapolis to win the Super Bowl.
The Colts became a four-point underdog in the Charger. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas moved the odds of the Super Bowl of Indianapolis from 12-1 to 30-1.
Information from David Purdum by ESPN and Adam Schefter was used in this report.