INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The shockwaves reverberated through the NFL on Saturday night when Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced he was retiring. The 29 year old has been dealing with a left ankle/calf injury which has kept him out of the preseason.
“Honestly, it’s the hardest decision of my life but it is the right decision for me. For the last four years or so I’ve been in the cycle of injury-pain-rehab, injury-pain-rehab and it’s been unceasing, unrelenting both in season and off season and I felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to do no longer play football. It’s it’s taken my joy of this game away. I’ve been stuck in this process. I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live, taking the joy out of this game and after 2016 where I played in pain and was unable to regularly practice, I made a vow to myself that I would not go down that path again. I find myself in a similar situation and the only way forward for me is remove myself from football and the cycle that I’ve been in,” he said.
The team now turns to Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback. The season opener is Sunday September 8th at the Los Angeles Chargers.