In possibly the most shocking retiring news since Barry Sanders, Colts QB Andrew Luck announced late Saturday evening that he was retiring from the NFL, citing battling injuries as his main reason.
This comes as such a shock because Luck had possibly the best roster he has had so far, one of the favorites in the AFC, Luck was for sure in the lead role for this team going forward.
In 86 career games, he has thrown for 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns, 83 interceptions, a QBR of 89.5, and a completion percentage of 60.8%. He also had a winning record of 53-33. This is all from 7 seasons in the NFL, one of which he sat out the whole season due to injury (2017).
To go into detail, here are the injuries Luck has dealt with in his career: torn cartilage in 2 ribs, partially torn abdomen, a lacerated kidney, concussion, torn labrum in throwing shoulder, and now calf injury which has led to this point. Luck talked in an interview after his announcement where he basically said he told himself he was not going to put himself through the rehab again if it got bad. He has come to a realization that his life and body means more to him than the game. He talked about how the injuries have ruined the game for him and that it was the hardest decision of his life.
The Colts will now move onto former Patriot QB Jacoby Brissett. The other two quarterbacks on the roster are Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly. Our team has predicted the Colts go for veteran QB’s who may lose the starting role to rookies. Examples could be Case Keenum, Eli Manning or Joe Flacco. Also, look for them to target other QB’s who could plug right into this offense right from the start, examples are Ryan Tannehill, Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, Mike Glennon. Not the greatest QB’s, but definitely options that coach Frank Reich and the Colts may look into.
For now, best of luck to Andrew Luck and his future endeavors and thank you for the memories you have left for the NFL and all of its fans.