INDIANAPOLIS – In a shocking development on Saturday night, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL. had previously met Colt's owner Jim Irsay to let him know.
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.
25-minute press conference. He said an official announcement was not scheduled until Sunday afternoon, but he had changed course when news became known during the pre-season game.
"I was stuck in this process," Luck said, stopping several times to gather his feelings. "I have not been able to live the life I want to live in. It has given me pleasure in this game … the only way for me is to move away from football."
"This is not easy decision. It's the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.
Luck's early retirement puts an end to what started as a promising career for the # 1
draft in 2012, replacing Peyton Manning. Luck led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, including the consecutive AFC South title and the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
But his career took a bad turn when he suffered a shoulder injury in week 3 of the 2015 season. In the end, he 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.
It should only be a regular Saturday night in the preseason. But then Andrew Luck announced his resignation and sent shock waves through the league. A look at how some of the QBs whose teams played Saturday night reacted to the news:
Deshaun Watson: "It was amazing, it was something that surprised everyone, but hey, he can do his own He's a great player, he's a great quarterback, he's one of the top five quarterbacks in the league, and he does it for the right reasons. " Drew Brees: " Me guess I'm probably a bit surprised and stunned like everyone else, we heard it when we were on the sideline, someone got wind of it during the game listen, Andrew is a friend, I'm exchanging it of time SMS to him, so I'll contact him to check on him. " Dak Prescott: " I mean Helluva player, Helluva player, Helluva guy, the little bit of that I know he can talk to him before a game and egg n Share a few things … So respect his decision and wish him well. Just know that he was one of them my favorite players are looking around in the league and learning trifles from. I hate seeing such a great player leave the game, but like I said, I do not know the details, I do not want to talk about it. I am not entitled to an opinion. Patrick Mahomes: "Andrew is a great football player, but he is also a great person. I have not seen all the news [scope]but I know that he will make the right decision for himself and his family. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns to win the NFL comeback of the year and lead the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 season, demonstrating that he continues to be one of the top Quarterbacks in the league is.
Earlier this year, Luck was injured again when he suffered a calf strain that kept him out of the offseason activities and the 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.
"I'm in pain, I'm still in pain," he said. "There have been four years of this pain, rehabilitation cycle, there are a variety of problems – calf strain, ankle contraction, high ankle sprain, and part of my journey will be to find out how I feel better."
Luck told reporters on Saturday night that he was considering retiring for the first time two weeks ago, and General Manager Chris Ballard said the sites had started discussing the possible decision early last week. "It was Monday," Ballard said. "We all sat down and had a conversation and continued throughout the week, emotional conversations about our parts, no negative emotional conversations, just some really honest conversations, but did not make sense, I saw Andrew walking through his shoulder, his routine and how he rehabilitated and worked things through.He went through the same process all the way when he entered the building.He came on Monday and started to deal with it. "
It's amazing news for a Colts team, which went into the second round of the playoffs last season and which in the eyes of many had a Super Bowl caliber squad in 2019.
"It's very difficult," said Luck. "I love this team, I love my teammates."
Luck finishes his career with 2,000 finishes, 3,290 attempts, 23,671 meters, 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions The Colts fans seemed to forget these numbers and booked him as he left the field after the game on Saturday.
"I'd be lying if I said I did not hear it," Luck said about the boos. it hurts. "
Colts fans respond with a wide range of emotions after Andrew Luck's resignation becomes public, including the feeling of happiness as he leaves the field.
Well, the Colts I. I'll turn to Jacoby Brissett, the 26-year-old quarterback bought by the New England Patriots in 2017. In 2017, Brissett injured himself in 15 games for Indy and threw for 3,098 yards, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions He set a record 4/11 record and finished 27th out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks with a total QBR of 43.3 and the 30th of 32 qualified QBs with a completion percentage of 58.8%.
171: Career passing TDs, most of the players who played no more games after his 30th birthday. 86: Number of games he played in the NFL, out of a possible 112 he missed 2017 16 w shoulder; 1 in & # 39; 16 for a concussion; 7 in & # 39; 15 due to a kidney; 2 in & # 39; 15 for a shoulder) 39: TD is over in the last season, most of QB in NFL history, having not previously played season 33: Wins in his first three seasons, the second most frequently defeated by a QB in the first three seasons of the Super Bowl era (Russell Wilson 36, Dan Marino and Matt Ryan 33). 19.6: Average fantasy scores since joining the league in 2012, third-highest PPG among the QBs in that time period, tory in pass yards (23,671), passing TDs (171), completions (2,000) and QB wins (53) – ESPN Stats & Information
But Luck, Ballard, Irsay and coach Frank Reich threw all their support behind Brissett with the regular season two weeks away.
"We have a good football team, this is a good football team," Ballard said. "We are young, we are good on both fronts, we have some good skill players and a good young quarterback, we will not ask Jacoby Brissett Andrew Luck was a unique player but Jacoby Brissett is a winning footballer in this league, and I think you've heard what Andrew said, Jacoby Brissett is a rare, rare leader This changing room loves Jacoby Brissett. "
Sportsbooks reacted quickly to the lucky news, took the point out of the game Colts brought out to the Chargers in the first week, and extended Indianapolis's chances of winning for the Super Bowl, AFC and AFC South.
The Colts were four-point outsiders of the Chargers. Caesar's Sportsbook increased Indianapolis Super Bowl odds from 12-1 to 30-1, AFC odds from 7-1 to 15-1, and AFC South odds are between -135 and +210.
But that did not matter to the Colts in a changing night.
"We are only grateful and grateful for the blood, sweat and tears he shed as No 12," Irsay said. "Part of our heart is broken tonight, we know we need to continue.
This report uses information from David Purdum and Adam Schefter of ESPN.