Since being selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been to four Pro Bowls, and in 2014 led the NFL with 40 touchdowns. However, it appears that his final game as an NFL quarterback will have been a drubbing at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs. According to reports, Luck has informed the Colts that he is retiring less than three weeks before his 30th birthday.
Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019
Update: Now it’s confirmed.
Andrew Luck just made it official - he is retiring, and is emotional about it.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019
Luck, of course, battled injuries during his time with the Colts, including a shoulder injury that led to him missing the entire 2017 season and a lacerated kidney that ended his 2015 season early. However, it appears to be a calf issue that is what has brought his playing days to a close.
In any case, it’s a shocking development for a team that was on the brink of competing in 2018, and is reminiscent of some bigger names walking away from the game unexpectedly, before turning 30, including Barry Sanders, Robert Smith and Tony Boselli.
This development is no doubt a surprise, but with the beating Luck took over the course of his career, it’s certainly understandable. Best of luck to Luck, and wishing him the best of health going forward.