(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) — Andrew Luck, 7-year quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday, Aug. 24 at age 29. The 2012 first overall draft pick played a total of 86 games in his NFL career. He said that the reason for his retirement is that he was “tired, and not in just the physical sense.”
Luck suffered a multitude of injuries in the last four years on the field. In 2015, he suffered a sprained shoulder and lacerated kidney. In 2016, he experienced a torn cartilage in his ribs and a concussion. In early 2017, he endured shoulder surgery which caused him to miss the entire season. He returned to the field in 2018 winning Comeback Player of the Year before undergoing a calf strain in March 2019.
Luck said that his injuries have “taken the joy of the game away.” He claimed that walking away from football and his teammates was the toughest decision of his life. While walking out of the Lucas Oil Stadium for what would be the last time as a Colt, Luck was booed by many fans watching a preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
Following Luck’s retirement, the Colts named Jacoby Brissett the starting quarterback for the 2019 NFL season.