Football’s loss will undoubtedly be Luck’s gain 

Football’s loss will undoubtedly be Luck’s gain 

the 29-year-old Luck’s retirement on Saturday night was infinitely more shocking. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story that Luck would be retiring, which Luck confirmed later in a news conference. He said the decision, which he wrestled with the past two weeks, was a culmination of four years of struggling with injuries.’ data-reactid=”18″>The news that came about the 29-year-old Luck’s retirement on Saturday night was infinitely more shocking. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story that Luck would be retiring, which Luck confirmed later in a news conference. He said the decision, which he wrestled with the past two weeks, was a culmination of four years of struggling with injuries.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck speaks during a news conference following the team’s NFL preseason game against Chicago on Saturday in Indianapolis. The oft-injured star is retiring at age 29. (AP)

Basically, the cycle of injury and recovery left Luck in a place where it compromised his ability to live a normal life: “I can’t live the life I want to live, moving forward.”

booed as he walked off the field in Indianapolis Saturday night, where the Colts were playing the Bears.’ data-reactid=”42″>The remark reverberates today, as internet blather ranged from everything from how it impacted people’s fantasy teams to XFL conspiracies to how much guaranteed money Luck was giving up. He was even booed as he walked off the field in Indianapolis Saturday night, where the Colts were playing the Bears.

Yes, like O.J. Simpson.)’ data-reactid=”77″>But from knowing him then and chatting with his dad – XFL commissioner and former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck – frequently over the years, the one thing I’m confident about is how annoyed Luck would be that people verbalized their disappointment about his retirement’s impact on their fantasy team. (Yes, like O.J. Simpson.)

Just like he admitted Saturday night that the nonsensical booing from fans in the stadium irked him. “It hurt,” he said. “I’ll be honest.”

Luck, like many NFL players, is viscerally offended when the subject of their reality impinging on someone else’s fantasy is broached with them. Oliver Luck would chuckle over the years, saying that the quickest way to shut down a conversation with Andrew would be mentioning how something he or his teammate did – especially an injury – impacted their fantasy team.

Considering the bleak nature of his physical reality the past few years, who could blame Luck for developing an edge about it. Luck’s recent NFL life was no fantasy, as Colts writer Zak Keefer of The Athletic tweeted last night that Luck dealt with a litany of serious injuries – torn cartilage in his ribs, partially torn abdomen, a concussion, torn labrum, the lingering ankle injury and, of course, the lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood.

“For me to move forward in my life the way I want to, it does not involve football,” Luck said in his news conference.

When Luck initially committed to Stanford back in high school in 2007, it could be considered his first shocking football decision. The Cardinal were coming off a 1-11 season, and he had much more prestigious offers.

I have no idea what’s next for Andrew Luck. He could go into architecture and design stadiums. He could move to Europe and raise his own family over there, as he and his wife Nicole are expecting their first child. He could go back under the Stanford bubble for another degree. After making $97 million in salary in the NFL, there’s plenty of options.

The reality for Andrew Luck’s future is that he was smart enough to realize there was too much else out there in life to keep enduring all that physical pain. And regardless of which passions he chases or direction he heads, I look forward to him surprising us all again at where it ends up.



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