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SportAndrew Luck’s retirement speaks to the rigors and risks of the NFL

17:30  25 august  2019
17:30  25 august  2019 Source:   touchdownwire.usatoday.com

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck watched one last game from the sideline Saturday. Then he said goodbye to the NFL . Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck speaks during a news conference following the team' s NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night, and many people around the league shared their respect for his decision online. By signing up I agree to the Sports Illustrated Terms of Use. I acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

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When this came across your Twitter account, you certainly checked Adam Schefter's account for authenticity a few hundred times. Was it fake? Was he hacked? Or was Andrew Luck, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft… the quarterback of his generation who seemed most likely to find greatness from his first NFL snap… was really retiring at age 29?

Troy Aikman rips into Doug Gottlieb over Andrew Luck tweet

Troy Aikman rips into Doug Gottlieb over Andrew Luck tweet Andrew Luck has been the target of plenty of unfair criticism since he made the shocking decision to retire from football over the weekend, but one of the most absurd takes came from Doug Gottlieb. Troy Aikman, who works for the same company as Gottlieb, had no problem unloading on the former college basketball player. Not long after Luck announced his retirement, Gottlieb sent an idiotic tweet about the Colts quarterback being too much of a millennial to handle a difficult rehab process.

Getty Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is seen in the bench area during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil When the news of Luck ’ s retirement broke, he was on the sidelines during a preseason game due to a calf issue. Tom Pelissero pointed out on Twitter

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck speaks during a news conference following the team' s NFL preseason football game against the Chicago The Indianapolis Colts quarterback heard boos as he walked away from the field, then walked to the podium and made the surprise decision official.

Luck has had a brutal couple of years. The 2018 Comeback Player of the Year missed the entire 2017 season due to shoulder injuries that he played through most of the 2016 campaign, and his 2019 preseason had been hampered by ankle and calf issues. Luck saw the end of the road coming, despite the fact that this was a road he had traveled brilliantly throughout his career.

"There was an uncertainty, an apprehension," Luck told Zak Keefer of The Athletic last year. "I was scared, scared in my core, in my insides. There was a time I was very scared about football, and about my place in football."

And during his Saturday press conference making it official, he echoed-and amplified-those concerns.

"I've been stuck in this process. I haven't been able to life the live I want to live. It's taken the joy out of this game… the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football."

Tom Brady shares his thoughts on Andrew Luck’s retirement

Tom Brady shares his thoughts on Andrew Luck’s retirement Andrew Luck was supposed to be the king of the NFL when guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees became too old to play, but the former Indianapolis Colts star shocked the world when he called it quits at age 29. That makes his career drastically different from Brady’s, but the 42-year-old certainly understands. In his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday morning, Brady defended Luck’s right to travel whatever path he chooses. “It is his life. Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do. He had a great career and he was a great player,” Brady said. “Everybody wishes they could be healthy all the time.

Getty Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is seen in the bench area during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Adam Schefter’ s first tweet leaking the news read “Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL , per source.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has informed the team that he plans to retire from the NFL , according to ESPN' s Adam Schefter. There will be a press conference on Sunday to make it official. By signing up, I agree to the Sports Illustrated Terms of Use. I acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

One thing we don't talk about when it comes to physical injuries is the mental toll they take on players. When Luck says he's mentally worn down and ready to move on from the NFL, he's probably not talking about the intellectual challenges. Luck is as smart as anyone in the NFL, including any coach. He's mastered the physical challenges at every level, as well.

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But the cumulative effect of injuries starts to add up in the mind. Players are far better informed about the negative effects of everything from head trauma to torn ACLs, and there's no stigma anymore-or at least there shouldn't be-when a player decides the inexorable grind isn't worth it. When you know that if you stay on the track, you may not be able to pick your grandchildren up, or remember their names.

Steve Beuerlein blasts Andrew Luck for retiring

Steve Beuerlein blasts Andrew Luck for retiring Steve Beuerlein retired from the NFL after 17 seasons. He thinks Andrew Luck should have toughed it out for more than seven. Beuerlein wrote on Twitter after Luck’s retirement that Luck is bailing on his team by walking away now. “I am a HUGE Andrew Luck fan. Always have been. But this I cannot defend [more]

Jerry Jones Hopes Andrew Luck Becomes President After Retirement . Hate to see a great player like that leave the game, but like I said don’t know the details, don’t want to speak on that. The NFL landscape is still reeling from Luck opting to walk away, arguably the most shocking turn of events

Andrew Luck was never the standard-operating-procedure football star. He stayed at Stanford, even though he would have been the top pick in the NFL But really, Luck ' s retirement is a fascinating Rorschach test. There are those who will think Luck is soft for not gritting his teeth again and instead

That may be why Andrew Luck is walking away from the game long before the game could take him out. He's leaving $64 million behind on the five-year, $122.97 million contract extension he signed in 2016.

How worn down do you have to be to shut the door on the thing you've loved most of all, and that much money as well?

Pretty damned tired. And the game can wear you down in multiple ways.

Luck isn't the only one to make that choice, though he's the most celebrated of this era. Jim Brown retired before he was 30. Barry Sanders decided to hang 'em up when he still had plenty left in the tank. Two Hall of Famers who decided they didn't want to play the lottery with their lives anymore. There are many more, and their numbers are increasing.

You may remember the story of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. The team's third-round pick in 2014, Borland performed at a near-Defensive Rookie of the Year pace for one season, amassing 84 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and two interceptions. Like Luck, Borland seemed to grasp the intricacies of his position in the transition from college to the NFL as few players do.

Barry Sanders understands how Andrew Luck felt getting booed

Barry Sanders understands how Andrew Luck felt getting booed Andrew Luck said it hurt on Saturday night when he was booed off the field, just as fans in Indianapolis were learning he had decided to retire. Barry Sanders understood. Sanders’ surprise retirement from the Lions in 1999 wasn’t exactly the same : Sanders faxed a retirement statement and went to Europe, so he wasn’t around Lions fans until they’d had some time for his retirement to sink in. But Sanders, too, faced plenty of criticism and hurt feelings from fans who thought he should have stuck around. “It was tough,” Sanders told the New York Daily News today.

Luck ’ s retirement shifts so much of the focus of the team’s 2019 on its defense. Darius Leonard was a revelation after joining the team as a second-round pick last spring. With injuries having taken their toll on his body and the rigors of rehab and NFL obligations weighing on his mind, he decided to play

Late Saturday night it was announced that Andrew Luck would be retiring from the NFL . The first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has dealt with injuries the last few seasons that were just too much for him to handle.

And like Luck, he turned his back on the game before the game could take him out. Around that same time, three other 49ers players-offensive lineman Anthony Davis, linebacker Patrick Willis, and defensive lineman Justin Smith-all left the game when they could still have played. Rob Gronkowski still could have played when he retired following the 2018 season, but injuries had taken their toll on perhaps the greatest tight end in NFL history.

Borland retired after one season following his own extensive research on the effects of head trauma, and years later, he had no regrets.

Chris Borland loved football, but he chose to retire because he feared the long-term effects of head trauma. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

"At times, I would oscillate between feeling trapped and feeling aimless," Borland told USA Today's Mike Jones in April 2018. "I really, at times, wanted to avoid this issue. There's a degree of irony. I quit not to deal with CTE and at least intellectually deal with it as much as anyone, and I laugh at that irony sometimes, and that stress. But on the other hand, I had opportunities walking away, but didn't know what I wanted to do. … Ultimately, I'm very fortunate to have my health and different opportunities and I've settled into a place and I've embraced the role."

Patriots clarify Bill Belichick’s remarks on Andrew Luck retirement

Patriots clarify Bill Belichick’s remarks on Andrew Luck retirement New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shared what seemed like a very surprising comment on Monday about Andrew Luck’s retirement, but apparently the remarks were misinterpreted. When a reporter asked Belichick about Luck calling it a career, one of the things he said about it was that he “didn’t see that.” Many took that to mean Belichick was claiming he had no idea Luck retired. However, the Patriots have clarified that the coach meant he “didn’t see that coming.” The Patriots have clarified Bill Belichick's answer on Andrew Luck's retirement… "Yeah, he's a good player. I didn't see that [coming], but I haven't really followed them.

Luck made the surprising announcement Saturday night just a couple of weeks before the start of the regular season. He' s only 29 but he said a series of The Indianapolis Colts quarterback heard boos as he walked away from the field, then walked to the podium and made the surprise decision official.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck , after reports of his retirement , leaves Lucas Oil Stadium to boos. Luck , the 29-year-old who was the NFL ’ s Comeback Player of the Year last season, has been Luck also spoke fondly of making a life in Indianapolis. "It was an honor to represent city of

The irony is that Borland now works with After The Impact Fund, a non-profit organization that helps treat both former NFL players and military veterans who suffer from traumatic injuries. Borland has found his mission beyond the game, and though he may still feel a pull from what the game can give you, the bargain ultimately wasn't worth it.

Whether Andrew Luck has already found his mission beyond the game is unknown at this point. But the shock of his retirement isn't really that shocking when you imagine an elite athlete, feeling imprisoned by his own injured body, and trying to find the best way out.

Better that than the alternative-to be imprisoned in a broken-down body for the rest of one's life.

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GM Chris Ballard upset that someone in Colts organization leaked Andrew Luck’s retirement.
Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement did not go according to plan, thanks to someone leaking the information to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter did his job, reporting on the story as he’s paid to do. Yet the person responsible for the leak threw the entire organization into chaos and robbed Luck of the chance to announce his decision on his own terms. 

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