In the most shocking development of the entire preseason—and possibly the entire upcoming season—Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday saying constant injuries have taken away his love for the game.
Luck, who turns 30 on the 12th of next month, had met with Colts owner Jim Irsay earlier to tell him of the decision.
"I've been stuck in this process," Luck said, stopping several times to gather his emotions in a presser after the game. "I haven't been able to live the life I want to live. It's taken the joy out of this game ... the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.
"This is not an easy decision. It's the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.''
He said an official announcement wasn't planned until yesterday, but he changed course once news broke during the game.
I’ll say it did, which is why before that press conference—Luck was showered with boos as he left the field after the game—by fans who had gotten the news on their cell phones during the game.
In fact, isn’t Luck the guy in the NFL that famously uses a flip phone? He may have been the only guy that didn’t know ESPN was reporting his retirement. Of course, every Colts fan with a phone probably flipped when they read the report.
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