Andrew Luck Is Reportedly Retiring From Football After A Series Of Offseason Injuries

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Andrew Luck, the franchise quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts besieged by a series of injuries in recent years, abruptly retired from the NFL on Saturday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news Saturday night, reporting that Luck had informed the Colts he would retire from professional football.

The report that Luck is “mentally worn” makes sense given the series of injuries Luck had over recent years, as well as the mystery surrounding his status with the Colts. Most recently, a lingering leg injury put his status for Week 1 up in the air after the location of the injury seemed to change throughout the offseason and preseason. Ian Rapoport added some context, saying that Luck was “worn down” after years of dealing with various bumps and bruises.

According to Schefter, Luck had already informed Colts ownership of his decision.

Luck was drafted first overall out of Stanford by the Colts in 2012, a can’t-miss pick that allowed the Colts to trade Peyton Manning, who had undergone a serious neck surgery the season before. Luck made the Pro Bowl four times, including his first three seasons under center and again in 2018.

Luck had not played in the preseason in 2019, as Jacoby Brissett had handled starting duties. According to Schefter, he is officially the starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.

The shocking move sent ripples around the NFL on a night where the start of college football took center stage.

Luck, a star in college and in the NFL, retired after a pro career that lasted just six seasons.