By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG
Andrew Luck has retired from football.
As I try to follow up after this sentence, the words that I truly want to say are just not coming out the way I would like. But at the age of 29, the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback called it a career due to so many setbacks from injuries throughout his career.
“I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab-injury, pain, rehab-and it’s been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason. And I felt stuck in it, and the only way I see out is to no longer play football.” Andrew Luck stated in an impromptu press conference initially set for Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been stuck in this process and haven’t been able to live the life I want to live.”
Chris Ballard stated, “We wish Andrew Luck the best. This man has done a lot for the city of Indianapolis and for the Indianapolis Colts.”
Luck finishes up his career with completed 2,000 of 3,290 passes for 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns. He was also a four-time Pro Bowler and 2018 Comeback Player of the Year after missing the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.
For the 2019 season, Jacoby Brissett will take over duties as starting QB. The same player who took over QB responsibilities during the 2017 season while Luck was out. And as before, my opinion on Brissett still stands. He has grown as a player since ’17. An entirely different player that has been showing a lot of leadership and is setting himself up to be more valuable.
This is now the chance that Jacoby has dreamed of. He’s been given the chance to show he is capable of leading a well-built team. The Colts have talent, and time will tell how this will play out. Colts will still have a 53 man roster, 16 games to play, and a new starting quarterback that has been going through preseason training with the team. Again, if this team has confidence in Jacoby Brissett, then maybe as fans we should too. After all, Colts fans, it’s next man up!
As a fan, I was completely devastated after hearing the news. Such young talent at the age of 29. Such a joy to watch on the field. Different reactions, anger or sadness, are typical. And what’s done has been done and all we can do is wish Andrew Luck nothing but the best for him and hope he will be back in some shape or form.
Andrew, thank you for the thrills you gave the fans. Thank you for the smiles you gave, even though the pain you were suffering. Thank you for your kindness and countless contributions both on and off the
field. You gave it your all, each and every time you were on that field. You gave your life and your body to this game, and with that, I am so ever grateful that you were our QB. You did it right. You are the sole person that controls your own future. No one has ever walked in your shoes, no one knows your struggles. Take the experiences you have had for what it’s worth and enjoy life the way you want to enjoy it.
Thank you Andrew Luck pic.twitter.com/1veMMVKdGc
— The Cody Felger Podcast (@CodyFelgerPod) August 25, 2019
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