On the evening of August 24th, reports began circulating about Andrew Luck informing the Indianapolis Colts that he is retiring. Soon, the news was confirmed. The news is truly stunning, although reports indicate that for at least two weeks, the Colts knew Luck was contemplating retirement. Now it’s official. Luck’s career is one to remember forever.
Luck spent seven years in the National Football League. It’s not often a star quarterback calls it quits at the age of 29. But knowing of Luck’s medical history, his decision is understandable. During the 2015 season, he began experiencing pain in his throwing shouler. It wasn’t until shortly after the 2016 season that he underwent surgery, going on to miss the entire 2017 season. His performance in the 2018 season earned his the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Luck says that at this point of his football career, he is “mentally worn down” and that he’s been dealing with pain for the past four years. He claims his decision to retire to be the hardest of his life.
The Colts drafted Luck first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. As Payton Manning’s successor, great expectations came for him. Amassing a record of 53-33, and leading the Colts to four playoff appearances including one AFC Conference Championship appearance. He even holds a 3-1 record against Manning, which includes a victory in the playoffs.
In addition, he holds the record of most passing yards in a single game by a rookie(433) and most passing yards by a rookie in a single season(4,374) respectively. Also, he’s in a tie for the most fourth quarter comebacks by a quarterback(7) and he’s the first quarterback to throw for over 350 yards in five straight games on the road.
Furthermore, he holds the Colts franchise record of most passing yards in a season(4,761). He also holds the franchise record of most pass completions by a rookie in a season(339) and the most passing yards by a rookie in a season(4,374) respectively.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to represent the horseshoe and the city of Indianapolis both on and off the field,” Luck said in his retirement press conference. “From the moment I arrrived in Indianpolis, I felt like I could be myself.”
At this point, the quarterback position is to be filled by Jacoby Brissett. Brissett is entering his third year with the Colts. He was the starter for the Colts during the 2017 season, leading the team to a 4-12 record. Brissett is the only option the Colts have at quarterback.
The Colts open their 2019 season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. The search for the successor of Andrew Luck begins now.