Andrew Luck shocked the sports world on Saturday night, announcing his surprise retirement from the NFL after just six seasons as the Indianapolis Colts quarterback.
Luck, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, has battled a myriad of injuries throughout his career, including a lingering shoulder injury that sidelined him for the entire 2017 season. Luck had yet to make an appearance this preseason, either, due to a lower leg injury.
After his latest setback, Luck said the injury cycle had simply become too much for him. It took the joy out of the game, and the only way to fix that was to stop playing.
“This is not an easy decision,” Luck said on Saturday night. “Honestly it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
Naturally, the news shocked the sports world — and social media was set ablaze.
Sheesh man, thank you for a great year last year my guy and helping me take my game further by practicing against you day in and day out! I wish you nothing but the best my guy! ✌🏾 Out Andrewski!!! It was terrible how the fans booed a man who gave them so much‼️Much respect12 pic.twitter.com/9mQls9u24t— Darius Leonard (@dsleon45) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck will be somebody I tell my kids about. The person & the player. Respect Andrew ✊🏾 #LTE— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) August 25, 2019
Colts teammates : hey we can't wait to play this season— DEMIC 🇩🇲🇺🇸 (@KingDemic) August 25, 2019
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The entire city of Indianapolis right now following the Andrew Luck retirement news. pic.twitter.com/RRx8YjEumO— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 25, 2019
Just now seeing this Andrew Luck retirement news. This is a hundred times more shocking than Barry Sanders. I can't think of anything even coming close to this.— Khalid Salaam (@MrKhalidS) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck retiring is beyond insane— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 25, 2019
Colts: “We going to the Super Bowl this year!”— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) August 25, 2019
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Colts Fans: THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!!!!— IGZ (@igzrap) August 25, 2019
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Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha... take your time... I wish you the best— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 25, 2019
The reaction of Fantasy Footballers who had Andrew Luck as their keeper this season.... pic.twitter.com/IZmCUzZgCB— Big Dave (@BigDaveB105) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck is as real as it gets during this presser— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck will end his career as the only NFL quarterback to ever share the screen with Ron Swanson.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 25, 2019
Colts Fans: “ WE GOING ALL THE WAY THIS YEAR?”— X (@XLNB) August 25, 2019
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Reporters & fans can’t believe Andrew Luck mentally checking out & retiring 🙄. I commend him for having the guts to come forward and be truthful. Personal health is more important than any game or team! The league def don’t care about ur well being when it’s over 🤷🏾♂️— keith bulluck (@kbull53) August 25, 2019
Wow Andrew Luck retiring. It’s so rare that someone reaches the highest levels of performance and competition and then steps away in their prime. Good for him and his family. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him again. #HumanityFirst— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 25, 2019
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, who suffered a season-ending leg injury himself in 2017, had nothing but praise for Luck after his decision, too.
“He’s an incredible competitor,” Watt said, via ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “I’ve loved playing against him. I think it takes an immense amount of courage, an immense amount of self-reflection and a lot of guts to do what he’s doing. I’m sure people have their ways of looking at it and their ways of trying to say what they would do in his shoes, but the truth is, nobody’s in his shoes. Nobody has had to go through what he had had to go through ... I respect the hell out of it.
“It takes a whole lot to walk away from a ton of money like that, an organization like that. I respect it ... I know he’s probably wrestled with it for a very long time. I wish him absolutely all the best.”
There were a few, well, not great takes, too — especially from fans at the Colts’ preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night, who booed Luck as he walked off the field.
Retiring cause rehabbing is “too hard” is the most millennial thing ever #AndrewLuck— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) August 25, 2019
Did Andrew Luck ever truly love it? Legit question.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 25, 2019
And to those who had already drafted Luck for their fantasy football teams this season — including O.J. Simpson — best of luck finding a new quarterback.
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