Andrew Luck lastly opened up about what led to his abrupt NFL retirement and the regret he felt afterward.
The ex-Colts quarterback talked to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham for reflective piece that begins with the 2012 No. 1-overall decide in Indianapolis, the place Luck has lived even after hanging up his cleats. It additionally expands and recounts moments from earlier than, throughout, and after his last snap.
The story recounts Luck visiting Colorado’s Summit High School in August the place a child requested him what his biggest NFL regret was. Luck abruptly retired after a Colts preseason recreation in 2019 on the age of 29 and need he might do it over.
“I regret the timing of when I retired,” he stated.
Luck went on to say that he felt as if he let individuals down, a concern that adopted his career. He referred to as it quits after a productive 2018 season during which he threw 39 landing passes, led the Colts to the playoffs and received NL Comeback Player of the Year. Even nonetheless, he was in ache.
Halfway by means of the season, his foot and ankle turned an damage difficulty. Instead of retiring proper after the 2018 playoffs, Luck waited till August to make the decision. The burly quarterback felt the timing of his retirement was not proper, and insisted that prior accidents and different points started so as to add up.
After a labrum surgical procedure price him your complete 2017, Luck nonetheless felt as if his shoulder was weak. Rehab didn’t initially strengthen him, and after the Colts’ quarterback took a soul-searching journey to the Netherlands with coach Willem Kramer, he felt extra disconnected than ever from each his career and marriage.
“There were some things that when I looked in the mirror, I did not like about myself,” Luck advised ESPN. “I was self-absorbed, withdrawn, in pain, and feeling pressure.”
His accidents and his need to be persistently current for spouse Nicole and daughter Lucy each finally performed into Luck’s choice to depart the gridiron — selecting to be a father and husband over an NFL QB. The stress that comes with being a No. 1 decide mounted as time went on, however was obvious even earlier than the Stanford product arrived within the NFL.
He stated the media consideration main up to the draft “made him want to break free of a story that felt written.” Though nobody is aware of how Luck’s full story will conclude, we now know there got here a time when his personal life turned greater than soccer.
“To play quarterback, you’re not allowed to worry about anything except the task at hand,” Luck stated. “And that seeps into other areas of life. It’s not the healthiest way to live.”
The four-time Pro Bowler retired with 171 touchdowns, 2,3671 passing yards, a career completion proportion of 60.8 and regular-season document of 53-33.