Andrew Luck opens up about Colts retirement, biggest regret


Andrew Luck finally opened up about what led to his abrupt NFL retirement and the regret he felt afterwards.

The ex-Colts quarterback spoke to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham for a reflective piece that kicks off the 2012 No. 1 overall pick at Indianapolis, where Luck has lived even after hanging up his cleats. It also expands and talks about moments before, during and after his last photo.

The story goes that in August, Luck visited Summit High School in Colorado, where a kid asked him what his biggest NFL regret was. Luck abruptly retired after a Colts preseason game in 2019 at the age of 29, wishing he could do it over.

“I regret the timing of when I retired,” he said.

Luck went on to say that he felt he was letting people down, a fear that followed his career. He retired after a productive 2018 season in which he threw 39 touchdown passes, led the Colts to the playoffs and won NL Comeback Player of the Year. Even though he was in pain.

Midway through the season, his foot and ankle became an injury problem. Instead of retiring right after the 2018 playoffs, Luck waited until August to call. The burly quarterback felt the timing of his retirement was off and insisted that previous injuries and other issues had begun to pile up.

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After labral surgery took him all of 2017, luck still felt his shoulder was weak. Rehab didn’t strengthen him at first, and after the Colts quarterback took a soul-searching trip to the Netherlands with trainer Willem Kramer, he felt more disconnected than ever from both his career and his marriage.

“There were some things I didn’t like about myself when I looked in the mirror,” Luck told ESPN. “I was self-centered, withdrawn, in pain, and felt pressured.”

His injuries and his desire to consistently be there for wife Nicole and daughter Lucy ultimately both played a role in Luck’s decision to leave the roster – choosing to be father and husband rather than an NFL QB. The pressure that comes with being a No. 1 pick increased as time went on, but was evident even before the Stanford product arrived in the NFL.

Andrew Luck runs off the field.

He said the media attention leading up to the concept “made him long to break free from a story that felt written.” While no one knows how Luck’s full story will end, we now know that there came a time when his personal life grew bigger than football.

“To play quarterback, you shouldn’t worry about anything except the job at hand,” said Luck. “And that trickles down to 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 60.8 completion percentage, and a regular season record of 53–33.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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