Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Runs out of ‘Luck’ and Retires

If it was not for bad luck, Andrew Luck would not have any luck at all. Late Saturday night, Indianapolis Colts injury-plagued quarterback Andrew Luck, shockingly announced his retirement from the NFL.

Luck stated how sick and tired he was of being in a repetitive cycle of injury, pain, and rehab over the last 4 years.

Luck emotionally said “I am going to retire. Not an easy decision. Honestly, it is the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me. For the past 4 years or so I have been in this cycle of injury, pain, and rehab. It’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in season and during the off-season. I felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of the game away”.

The Colts drafted Luck, 29 #1 overall out of Stanford University in 2012 and was a 4-time Pro Bowl selection. Additionally, Luck won the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award after missing the entire season in 2017 due to injury.

In the midst of watching Luck informing the world he will no longer play professional football, I did not see a man who exhausted all options but a man who looked exhausted.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is an elephant in the room…and it is pink! Luck’s predecessor who was forced to leave due to Luck’s arrival. Arguably is the greatest signal-caller to ever play in the NFL, if it was not for New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Quarterback royalty Peyton Manning, legacy perpetually hovers over the Colts’ franchise and established the expectations for Luck’s productivity on the field. Unfairly or just, without question, it was a part of Luck’s mental process and a big contribution as to Luck’s excruciatingly frustrating final decision. No way, no how could Luck return and just perform well or even great. Luck’s performance had to be timeless. However, according to Luck’s own admission, the time has run out.

I recall “my momma” telling me, “son it is better to be lucky than good”. In this case, I will settle for good. Good luck and all the best to Andrew Luck!!

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