Chalk this one up to a report we didn’t see coming.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has retired from the NFL.
The Colts announced he was making the decision Saturday.
You can watch the press conference below.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 25, 2019
Luck, according to a report from ESPN, is “mentally worn down” and is “now checking out.”
Andrew Luck has 171 passing TD in 6 seasons played, the 2nd most in NFL history over a player’s first 6 seasons behind Dan Marino (196).
Luck had 39 TD passes last year; no player in NFL history has had more than 27 in his final season in the league (Roger Staubach, 1979). https://t.co/Fee2xqL3uD
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 25, 2019
The 29-year-old quarterback was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft out of Stanford. He has made four Pro Bowls and was named the Pro Football Writers Association’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2018 after throwing for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. That came one year after he was out for the season with a shoulder injury.
Luck was dealing with a lower leg/ankle/bone injury in his ankle throughout the offseason and has practiced just three times in the lead up to the year.
The Colts were hoping he would be back for the third preseason game so they could name him the starter, but they were ready to go with backup Jacoby Brissett who the team acquired in 2017 from the Patriots to play in Luck’s absence.
Luck threw for 23,671 yards with 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions in his career. He made the playoffs four times with his longest run going to the AFC Championship game in 2014.
He was described by several as the best quarterback prospect since John Elway in the 1983 draft and his maturity along with arm strength and athleticism gave the NFL a very unique player who truly was one of the best in his time.
He never won a Super Bowl but he truly was a remarkable player.