Andrew Luck becomes the latest in trend of NFL players retiring early

Andrew Luck becomes the latest in trend of NFL players retiring early


-This certainly isn’t
how I, uh, envisioned this or planned this, uh, but —
but I am gonna retire. This is not an easy decision. Uh, honestly, it’s the hardest
decision of my life. For the last four years or so,
I’ve been in this cycle of injury,
pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, uh, and it’s been
unceasing and relenting — unrelenting, both in season
and off season. Uh, and I felt stuck in it,
and the only way I see out is to —
to no longer play football. Uh, it’s — it’s taken
my joy of this game away. Because of how I feel, I know
that I am unable to pour my heart
and soul into this position, uh, which would not only sell
myself short but the team,
in the end, as well. -People think football players
are tough, that they like the contact. I hated contact,
so I just ran scared. -Now, see, I hated contact, too. So, I didn’t play.
-But you weren’t fast. But you weren’t fast. -Now that you’re done,
has your body fully recovered from the torment
of your years in the League? -Not completely, and, actually,
I think it’ll get worse, because I’m not working out
like I used to. -Are you not playing
because you can’t or because you just don’t
want to anymore? -Uh, I think it’s
a combination of both. I can’t put in what I want
to put in, what I used to put in to get
the results that I used to get. You know, my job
is to catch the ball. You know, so,
when catching the ball — when that kind of hurts,
you know, that’s kind of — that’s another flag. -Well, I’d always been aware
of the dangers, or I thought I was. Um, in fall camp last year,
sustained a hit, and it was nothing out of
the ordinary for a linebacker — a physical play —
and just thought to myself after that, um,
“Is the route I want to go? How many times am I gonna
do this, for how long? And what are
the real consequences?” So, it triggered a change
in thought for me, and subsequently,
I did a lot of research and ultimately
came to the conclusion that, no, it wasn’t worth it
for me personally. -I gave this game
everything I had. And what’s — what’s funny is that it’s amazing
what we see with the eyes instead of what we,
like, actually, like, know. If only I knew what it took
to go out there on Sundays and play this game.

About the Author: Garret Beatty

100 Comments

  1. There is an additional price to be paid if a player extends his career by using pain medications to mask the injuries in order to play. Good decision.

  2. Dust off the Manning Jersey because Eli can still win with a team that is strong in all other areas. Unfortunately, he has no future with the Giants. If they can work out a deal that makes sense.

  3. I'm a Redskins fan and he was born in DC so I've watched his whole career. I respect this man to the fulliest. He will always be great in my eyes. Its a game not life.

  4. A new generation of sensitive cry babies.
    Real men used to play for nothing with a leather jock strap for a helmet.
    Take both knees while your at it.

  5. its funny, in the end people can careless about their health. Just as long as its someone else suffering the injury or whatever it may be, the fans are okay with it. God forbid these guys realize that if they keep going at the rate they are, they are going to have some serious health issues later in life. Hell, how much money did Luck make in his years playing? I'm sure as long as he played it smart he'll be financially okay for awhile.

  6. make millions and retire with the brain not scrambled eggs???? good decision….plus….these players have already put in 15/20 years of contact and physical abuse by the time they reach 30..most started playing in high school or earlier

  7. This isn’t a “trend” he is simply another player who had his career cut short to injury. This has been a thing since football has begun. Quit trying to spin his story to follow some false narrative

  8. I always thought he was a good qb. But sometimes your body won't jet you continue what you love. I can guarantee that ultimately he didn't want to retire. But at the end of the day, there was only 1 choice he could make.

  9. This trend would be at least an improvement over current situation. Higher turnover would mean more young athletes got to play in the NFL. Earlier retirement would mean healthier people all around. The only drawback for the individuals retiring would be less money made but jeez think of the value of good health and money doesn't compare.

  10. everyone is commenting about oooh boy whats he gonna do off the field? the question is what he did on the field which is nothing. nobody will remember you Luck. youre an afterthought in the era of Mahomes and Brady

  11. Hey Indy, the Vikings might be looking to trade a starting QB. Little expensive and a few miles but he can win some games. Sorry Purple fans. If Sloter can bring half the game he plays to the 1st team. He will already be playing at the level of the other two. So Indy, how about a 2nd and a 5th for Cousins?

  12. I think this guy should be commended for listening to the his body and his spirit. Football is a barbaric sport…period! Running full speed into other human beings to entertain a bunch
    of morons who are not your friends is not a good outlook on life. The Most High told this man to leave while you still can. If you type in Brett Farve in the search box on Youtube, you will find an interview with him telling people to don't even get started playing football. It's not worth it in the long run. What's the point of making a lot of money if you don't have good health to enjoy yourself? Andrew Luck, the Most High is proud of you!

  13. Hell yea, stop. I know people use this game like some use drugs or alcohol. That's not healthy either. Over paid 2 year olds anyway, let them quit. Maybe someone who appreciates it will come in with some graciousness. If this ruins your life, that's a good thing, now you can get a real one. Who gave the first sports personality a million dollars to PLAY a GAME? He needs to be drug out in the street and beat for ruining sports.

  14. If he needed better protection, he should have just done like the NBA and demand a trade to a team with a better O-line.

  15. Luck you’re a quarterback, if they touch you it’s a flag! But still not telling the fans what was really going on hurts. I’m going to be a depressed colts fan for a while

  16. are they seriously calling this a trend? Who titled this video? Do they know what a trend is? "Yeah, he retired because it is the "cool" and "hip" thing to do nowadays." Cmon man

  17. I'm conflicted over this.

    I loved football in my youth both in the neighborhood growing up and for school. That's where it ended for me.
    I wouldn't play today, and my youngest I didn't allow to play when he came of age. The costs far outweigh the benefits health wise. Plus my boys for whatever reason lack a certain… violence switch that's needed to be flipped when out there on the field. Not that they're soft, it's hard to explain.

    What I find troubling is that despite knowing what I know, watching this past couple years and this preseason I see penalties called for roughing the passer where there wasn't anything "rough" about it. Then you got wide receivers running all over the backfield because you can't lay them out anymore. I'm just waiting to see what they do to the running back.
    For me watching football I see the plays not being made and it's understandable while simultaneously being something I'm not willing to watch anymore.
    They've taken a contact game and tried to remove the contact. I've on more than one occasion turned off the tv and walked away out of frustration over bullshit rulings.

  18. Also didn’t help the media bashing him every year and talking so negatively against him. Espn is like 80% of the reason he retired. Just like this segment media gives off such a wrong perspective of football. Media wants everyone to be soft

  19. I wish him the best of luck on his way. Though, if the injury really was minor – I think retiring this year was a little preemptive given that the Colts have really put a solid team together between this year and last year. He's still young, he still heals, he made a huge comeback. I get it, I really do. But I would have at least played a few games and seen how it was going to go before just not practicing or doing anything at all and then retire right before it all starts. I'm a little let down by the silence and the wait, not by the decision.

  20. There are a few things that NFL can do to protect quarterbacks and improve their longevity in the league. Why do people have to fall on quarterbacks or hit them or even hit them on the ground? Why not improve some rules like what constitutes a sack if we abolish hitting or pounding while a quarterback is already on the ground? A lot more quarterbacks will last longer. They will NOT have to bruise their kidneys or fracture their ribs. This is a GAME, not a BULL FIGHT. Someone with a high IQ (if there is one) in NFL should come up with a solution to this nonsense. This is why many parents are against their kids playing football. No one wants to play through injury just to make a lot of money if they are going to develop brain injury or early dementia. I support Luck’s early retirement.

  21. How many of us who played only HS or College football destroyed our bodies for just the love of the game ? Luck is lucky to walk away with the $

  22. the current state of the nfl… hes probably embarrassed to be part of it. tired of all the racist whiny bullshit

  23. I understand why he retired: he took some hard hits, was injured, rehabbed, played, & was injured again. He repeated that sequence one too many times, so, he retired. Now, let's give this a year to see if he comes out of retirement. I don't know how much money this guy has saved up, but I hope it's enough for him to last him a lifetime. The NFL is no joke; there are some beasts on the field. If they hit you, you hurt and it effects your game. One huge hit & you end up like Darryl Stingley. I don't blame the guy for retiring. Get out while you can still walk and think.

  24. One of the things NFL Scouts look for a future draft pick is trying to figure out is this player really love football clearly Andrew Luck didn't never love football that's why he walked out on his teammates

  25. Its sad to see Andrew go so soon. I think the Colts suck for never protecting the guy. I cant remember him having a solid line in front of him. They definetely never gave him what they gave Manning. If they did he would still be playing. I'm a NE fan and I loved the Colts Patriots rivalry but that died when Manning left. The Colts never gave Andrew the chance to compete with us.

  26. Wishing you all the best Andrew. I hope your injurys heal and you live a long happy life with your loved ones. No amount of money is worth losing that. If the Colts fans dont appreciate you enough to care then come to New England we will applaud you and give you the appreciation you deserve. We love great players and we make sure they know it. We aplreciate what every single Patriot has done to bring us the joy of victory. Every patriot player is dear to us. Just ask a Patriots player if we love and support them. We wish you the best.

  27. He didn't mesh with the coach who has always disliked so called primadonna superstar qbs.. From his playing days and coach time in buffalo and philly

  28. Better to inspire your kids to a different sport. Most of these guys will have a broken body before learning what's really important in life.

  29. Patrick Willis one of the Greatest Defensive players Ever! Sure fire First ballet HOF if he played a few more years..

  30. All the glory and money in the world can't compensate you for being in constant pain and being disabled. Anyone whose dealt with constant pain I'm sure would agree.

  31. That’s what happens when a team doesn’t invest in protecting their QB until it’s too late but still can pay 4 million for Gilmore’s Black Stratocaster 😜

  32. What is wrong with people here in America? He announced his retirement due to medical reasons and they boo him. What ungrateful rotten humans they are. I guess he should have stayed until he couldn't walk and was feeling constant pain, then retire and try to enjoy himself. I say good for him for doing what he felt was right for him.

  33. Mark my words the NFL will transition into a flag football league in the next 10 years or two hand touch. This contact sport is ruining the lives of some serious professionals and the league will adjust mark my words.

  34. And yet Football has the least paid players in pro sports but the owners continue making millions off the backs of it's players, the Superbowl alone makes Billions in revenue for the NFL SMH

  35. Hey man, more power to him and others like him. Living with pain for the rest of your life due to injury is no joke. Not being able to get out of bed, a chair, walking, sitting, driving, not able to sleep due to pain, opioid addiction, mental depression, etc. you Madden video athletes are clueless, and to boo him?! Let’s throw you in front of a car, see how you feel, then call you a pusssay everyday your in rehab. You video stars and fantasy stars have no empathy for others.

  36. All those on here ranting about betrayal should swallow the pill and move on. It's business.
    Every sports athlete is a business entity with a business machinery behind them. And just like other businesses in America or wherever, they will not disclose their business secrets or challenges to competitors or anyone else if that stands to put them at a disadvantage.
    Wish the guy good Luck and move on.
    We're all humans, stop holding them to godlike status, or you'll get hurt again.

  37. Booing fans? WTF? Mentally, the FANATICS fancy themselves in Roman coliseum wanting the next gladiator to be thrown to the lions. Bunch of un-evolved idiots. Thanks to those knuckle-draggers, I think far less of the Colts, and Indianapolis in general. Hard pass on visits. 😝👹💩🚽👺🚯

  38. Only a fool would try to play for 20 years in a contact sport while making millions. Unless somehow you never get injured during your career you should retire young and live a good life. Instead they keep making the game softer and softer and as a result are losing fans. I have not watched the NFL for 5 years now because they keep changing things to make it less of a contact sport.

  39. I hope Colts fans realize that the players you love are more then just players on your team. I would hope that you want these people to live as happily and healthy as possible. I am grateful for all the players that have risked their bodies for our entertainment, and I hope everyone are as happy as possible. They don’t owe us anything, and if they decide they are done, then good for them.

  40. Colts fans trying to spin this into something other than C level player retires instead of getting fired by Colts. Buncha sheeps.

  41. You only have one body to live in for your whole life. If it is broken and you are in pain all the money in the world will not buy you another healthy body free of pain. Stupid selfish fans who booed Andrew Luck should be ashamed of themselves. They probably never even put on the gear in their lives. I hope Andrew Luck has a long, happy and healthy life.

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