INDIANAPOLIS – In a shocking development, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his resignation from the NFL on Saturday night, having met Colt owner Jim Irsay before informing him of the decision.
The Colts played their third pre-season game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The luck had already dropped out of play due to an ankle injury, but he was on the sideline, laughing and chatting with his teammates.
After the game Luck announced during a spontaneous press conference the resignation. He said an official announcement was not scheduled until Sunday afternoon, but changed course as the news became known during the pre-season game.
"I got stuck in this process," he said, stopping several times to overcome his emotions. "I have not been able to live the life I want to live in. It has given me the joy of this game … the only way for me is to move away from football." He led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, including the AFC South title and the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
But his career took off a bad turn when he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 of the 2015 season. He has missed 26 games, including the entire 2017 season, due to shoulder, kidney and rib injuries. During the 2017 season, Luck wondered 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|
|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|
|* Return to the NFL with 31 Years|
|– ESPN Stats & Information|
] He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdow ns will be NFL comeback player of the year, leading the Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2015. This shows that he is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
Earlier this year, Luck was injured again when he suffered a calf strain that kept him away from the off-season activities and the team's minicamp. Luck participated in only three days of training camp – none as a full participant – before it was revealed that he would close it because he had difficulty moving in his pocket.
Luck said on July 30th that he would not do this, return you until he was 100% healthy. One reason was that he still had "emotional scars" from the 2017 season. After Colt's general manager Chris Ballard had not received a clear diagnosis of Luck's injury two weeks ago, he said the quarterback had pain in the area of the high ankle.
Luck told reporters on Saturday night that he was thinking about retiring for the first time two weeks ago.
"I'm in pain, I'm still in pain," he said.
It's amazing news for a Colts team that went into the second round of the playoffs last season and in the eyes of many had a Super Bowl format in 2019.
"It's very difficult," said Luck. "I love this team, I love my teammates."
Colts fans were not so nice. Some booed him out on the field during Saturday's game after news became known in the second half.
"I would be lying if I said I did not hear it," happiness said about the boos. "Yes, it hurt."
After tackling a plethora of injuries in 2017, Brissett launched 15 games for Indy, throwing for 3,098 yards, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Sportsbooks responded quickly to the lucky news, which eliminated the Colts 'Coles' Week 1 feature on the Chargers and extended Indianapolis odds for the Super Bowl.
The Colts had been four points short of the Chargers. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas increased Indianapolis Super Bowl odds from 12: 1 to 30: 1.
This report uses information from David Purdum and Adam Schefter of ESPN.