Colts out of luck after Andrew Luck announces retirement


Andrew Luck joins the list of athletes who walk away from the game early in their career. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports/Mark J. Rebilas

Alex Johnson, Staff Writer

On Aug. 24 2019, Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck announced his sudden retirement at age 29, two weeks prior to the start of the 2019 season. 

“This is not an easy decision. It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me,” said a tearful Andrew Luck to Mike Wells of ESPN. Luck, who was set to start his seventh season as a starter in the NFL was injured and he knew the road to recovery was going to be difficult.

Luck has battled injuries his entire career; it started when he injured his throwing shoulder in week three of the 2015 season and entered the 2016 season with a frayed labrum in that same shoulder. Due to those lingering injuries, Luck would have shoulder surgery and would have to sit out for the entire 2017 season.

“I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. It’s taken the joy out of this game … the only way for me is to remove myself from football,” said Luck to Wells.  

Andrew Luck was no ordinary quarterback, taken as the number one overall pick for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 Draft.  He signed a multi-year $22 million rookie contract and became a superstar. Luck would go on to play for the Colts his entire career – taking over for now Hall of Famer Quarterback, Peyton Manning, who had left Indianapolis for Denver – and won them a Super Bowl.

Luck shined during his time in the NFL, becoming a four-time Pro Bowl player (2012-2014, 2018), NFL Comeback Player of the year (2018) and the NFL passing touchdowns leader (2014). Losing Luck had a big impact on not only the Colts but the Colts fans. His retirement announcement was met with boos and some harsh criticism from the media. The announcement also brought about the debate of professional athletes valuing their health over money. In 2016, Luck signed a six-year $122 million contract extension – and to date has been paid $97 million of that contract.  He steps away from the game with three years and $25 million left on his contract.

“I think it was the right decision to do but at the wrong time. It essentially crippled the Colts, leaving them without a first-string quarterback weeks before the season started,” says junior Tai Crisco, wide receiver for the Hornets. Now, our Hornets will cheer on the Atlanta Falcons on September 22, knowing they have a better chance of beating the Colts due to Andrew Luck’s retirement.

The Jacoby Brisset era begins. Brisset is set to take over as the Colts starting Quarterback after being traded as a backup for Tom Brady to become Andrew Luck’s backup in the 2017-2018 season. Brisset has had his share of field time with all of Luck’s injuries in the 2017 season, but he will begin the 2019 season as the starting Quarterback. The Colts have also signed Brian Hoyer as a backup for Brisset, adding to the depth of the Quarterback position.