Published: Mon, August 26, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, 29, announces his retirement from the NFL

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, 29, announces his retirement from the NFL

"I feel quite exhausted, and quite tired", Luck said Saturday night at his impromptu retirement press conference.

Luck, 29 has dealt with a number of injuries during his time in the NFL.

Luck was the number one pick in the 2012 draft and was second in the National Football League for touchdown passes last season as the Colts reached the play-offs.

Schefter said Luck has met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to deliver the news.

"I never felt that he (Luck) owed me to play until he's 40 or until he's 36 or whatever", Irsay said. This time, Brissett has two-plus years of experience with the Colts, and has basically been their starting quarterback and leader all offseason. "But it is the right decision for me". But perhaps fittingly, Luck showed vulnerability and tears in a moment of heartbreaking candor during his retirement speech as he moved on from the game. "Physically it has taken its toll over the last four years, that's why I'm here - and the mental and emotional toll as well".

After the news broke that Andrew Luck was retiring, a few Tennessee Titans players reacted on Twitter.

Luck had made just over $97 million during his playing career, which lasted from 2012-2018 (including the 2017 season, which he missed due to shoulder surgery). Back at full strength, Luck led Indianapolis to the divisional round of the playoffs after completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns during the regular season.

Prior to his bombshell announcement, Luck was present at a preseason game against the Chicago Bears, in which the Colts went down 27-17.

They cut an injured Peyton Manning to take Luck with the top overall pick, fully believing he would be their franchise quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years.

He finally recovered previous year, and returned to form after one month of play, eventually leading the Colts to the AFC playoffs as a wild card by winning nine of their last 10 games.

Indianapolis won 53 of the 86 games over seven seasons and reached the AFC title game in 2014, losing to the Patriots 45-7.

Luck finishes his career with 2,000 completions, 3,290 attempts, 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions. That's almost $25 million that he may have to pay back to not play football.

"I'll be honest. It hurt", he said.

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