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Twitter Reaction: Colts QB Andrew Luck retired and the football world was shocked

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Saturday evening the Seattle Seahawks traveled to Southern California to take on the one time AFC West division rival Los Angeles Chargers in one of a half dozen NFL preseason games. However, for many fans across the NFL, the slate of games almost resembling professional football took a back seat once they learned that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring from football.

Fans and observers were shaken by Luck walking away from the game just weeks short of his 30th birthday, but having battle a myriad of serious injuries and health concerns in recent seasons, Luck was worn down by the grind of rehab. Thus, when word leaked to Adam Schefter of ESPN, he broke the news.

The physical beating Luck took during his time in the league was great, as Zak Keefer of The Athletic detailed in a tweet that listed many of the myriad injuries Luck battled during his brief career.

Fans weren’t the only ones to be caught off guard, as other NFL players and front office personnel seemed surprised as well. However, many current and former Seahawks took the time to wish Luck well going forward or to weigh in on how fans reacted to the news.

Russell Wilson hasn’t tweeted about Luck’s retirement, but he did speak about it while meeting with the media after the game on Saturday evening.

Other teammates and former teammates of Luck weighed in as well, including Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians, who coached Luck as a rookie, gave his thoughts as well.

It is one of those surprises that catches fans off guard because of how young Luck is as he walks away. However, just as in the cases of Calvin Johnson, Barry Sanders and countless others who have walked away from the game early, the NFL will continue on in its grind. And as is seen in the reactions from teammates, friends and fellow competitors, the NFL will certainly miss Luck. But it seems as though the time has come when Luck may not miss the NFL.