Andrew Luck tells Colts he's retiring



The Indianapolis Colts quarterback heard boos as he walked away from the field, then walked to the podium and made the surprise decision official. "And the only way I see out is to no longer play football". He was the 91st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and as the back-up to Tom Brady with the Patriots, he earned himself a championship ring for Super Bowl LI after the team's comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. After taking part in two of the team's first three camp practices as a limited participant and still feeling pain and discomfort in his lower leg, however, the Colts chose to keep the quarterback off the practice field for the immediate time being.

Luck, a former Stanford star under then-coach Jim Harbaugh, was the top pick in the 2012 draft, essentially took the Colts baton from Peyton Manning, and over the next six National Football League seasons absorbed more hits than any quarterback in the game. He ranks third all-time in franchise history in completions, passing attempts, passing yards and touchdowns, and is second in completion percentage (60.8) and quarterback rating (89.5).

He went 4-11 as a starter in the 2017 season after taking over for opening day starter Scott Tolzien.

NFL Network Reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted after Luck's shocking announcement, "After battling injury after injury, the word is that #Colts QB Andrew Luck was simply too worn down to continue".

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Luck, who turns 30 next month, said he'd been mulling retirement for about two weeks as he dealt with his latest setback, a leg injury that had kept him sidelined. "Jacoby Brissett is new QB of the Colts".

"I am going to retire", Luck said. "I haven't been able to live the life I want to live. It's taken my joy of this game away".

"It's very hard", said Luck, who became emotional several times during his impromptu farewell news conference.

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