Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck Retires From NFL
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring from the National Football League.
ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news first in a Tweet on Saturday night.
Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019
Following the Colts' preseason game against the Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium, Luck confirmed the news in a press conference he had originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 25, 2019
“It’s been an honor of a lifetime to represent the horseshoe," Luck said.
The 29-year-old noted a career full of injuries, including the ankle issue he's been dealing with this summer, played a large part in his decision.
"I've been in a pain cycle for the last four years," Luck said. "I'm still in pain."
Here's a list of those injuries he's talking about:
- September 2015 - Sprained shoulder
- November 2015 - Lacerated kidney, partially torn abdominal muscle
- January 2016 - Torn cartilage in his ribs
- November 2016 - Concussion
- January 2017 - Shoulder surgery
- March 2019 - Calf strain
- August 2019 - High ankle sprain
The Colts drafted Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He retires with 86 career games played, a 53-33 record, 171 touchdowns, 23,671 passing yards, and 83 interceptions.
"It's been a tough week," Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said in a separate press conference Saturday night. "With that being said, we're moving forward. That's what we do."
Jacoby Brissett is now expected to be the starting quarterback for the Colts, who begin the regular season in just two weeks against the Los Angeles Chargers.
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