Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck announces retirement

News emerged on Saturday night during the Colts game against the Chicago Bears that Luck was calling time on his career following his latest injury woes in the build-up to the new season.

"It's the hardest decision of my life", Luck told the media. "It's been four years of this pain, rehab cycle", Luck said. I felt stuck in it.

"With Andrew it was always about more than football and I will be forever grateful to him for his support during my personal battle with leukemia".

However, it is clear by listening to him last night that his body has taken a beating, and the associated mental strain of dealing with injuries has left him needing to step away. He has pocketed $49.4 million of that contract entering the 2019 season, including roster bonuses.

So when the 29-year-old Luck thought another long, laborious comeback journey jeopardized his future plans, he believed walking away from the sport and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars was the only logical choice.

"I had a thought that it might be my last time throwing at Lucas Oil as a current member of the Colts team", Luck said. "This game can take a toll on us physically, but also emotionally, spiritually and everything else". And the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football and this cycle that I've been in.

And now that he was at that "proverbial fork in the road" again, he made a decision to live up to that vow and walk away from the game he said he'll always love. And when he returned healthy last season, he took the Colts back to the playoffs and was a runaway victor in the league's Comeback Player of the Year award balloting. Fans actually booed Luck as he walked off the field in street clothes, surrounded by cameramen.

Schefter says no one knows if Luck will stay retired, but for now, the game has worn him down.

Peyton Manning led the Colts to a pair of Super Bowl championships, before Indianapolis traded him to the Denver Broncos in 2012.

Brissett, who was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 National Football League draft, led the Colts in 2017 while Luck was recovering from shoulder surgery.

"I'm exhausted - and quite tired", he said during an emotional farewell speech. The former Stanford star did not play in the 2017 season because of a shoulder injury.

Luck, who turns 30 on September 12, is a four-time Pro Bowler. I love watching his film. I love my teammates, the folks in our building, the fans, the game of football.

"It's sad, but I also have a lot of clarity in this".

He missed the entirety of the 2017 season following surgery on his shoulder during the offseason, with the role being filled by Jacoby Brissett, 26.

In 86 career regular-season games, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Stratford, Texas, had a 53-33 record, completing 60.8% of his passes for 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns, against 83 interceptions.

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