After seven seasons in the NFL, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has decided to retire from the game of football.
Luck, who battled many injuries over the years, was the number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The four-time Pro Bowler had this to say after the Bears-Colts preseason contest:
“This is not an easy decision,” Luck said. ‘It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
Last season, Luck threw for 4593 yards and 39 touchdowns.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Luck’s retirement:
An incredible competitor and a truly great person. I’ll miss competing against a guy who always played the game extremely hard, with an immense amount of respect. Wishing Andrew nothing but the absolute best moving forward. I know this had to be unbelievably difficult decision. pic.twitter.com/jgMHwJvPxo
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 25, 2019
This is a very rough game. Most people who have not played at this level will never understand what we put our bodies through season after season. We don’t need the sympathy because this is what we signed up for but to “boo” a man that battled for that city is disgraceful.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) August 25, 2019
Much love to my fellow Texas brother.
Stiil remember our time together as Heisman finalists and how we laughed about almost being teammates at Stanford. The decision was only yours to make and I’m glad you have found peace in it. Respect https://t.co/4MQzsyZ9hz
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 25, 2019
Congrats to Andrew Luck on a special career. Impressed with his toughness both as a player and now in his retirement decision. Nothing but respect for what he has done as an athlete.
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) August 25, 2019
— goforitradio (@goforitgant) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck, like many players, sacrificed his health in order to make money. Then he sacrificed money to recuperate his health. Congratulations to him!
— Russell Okung 🇳🇬 (@RussellOkung) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck you’r the man bro! Enjoy retirement!!
— Phillip Lindsay (@I_CU_boy) August 25, 2019
What a shock about Andrew Luck, everybody deals with physical and mental pain, and rehab differently. Really hope he can catch his breath and come back to the game, if not, hope he finds closure in the decision and enjoys post FB life.
— Mike Golic (@espngolic) August 25, 2019
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) August 25, 2019
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) August 25, 2019
— Eddie A Johnson (@Jumpshot8) August 25, 2019
You stole credit cards because working was “too hard” https://t.co/SoLAVUwo3h
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) August 25, 2019
Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha… take your time… I wish you the best
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 25, 2019
Colts fans boo-ing Andrew Luck as he walks into the Lockeroom.
Coach always said, “the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs” pic.twitter.com/awT6yHCikY
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) August 25, 2019
Most passing TDs in first 6 NFL seasons:
Dan Marino 196
Andrew Luck 171
Peyton Manning 167
Russell Wilson 161
Most passing yards in first 6 NFL seasons:
Peyton Manning 24,885
Dan Marino 23,856
Andrew Luck 23,671
Matt Ryan 23,472
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 25, 2019
Thank you Andrew Luck for having the courage to do what’s best for you and your family. Football is a game, it’s not who you are. Nobody knows what you personally battle better than you. You gave the game and teammates your all. It was a pleasure watching you, much love !
— Cecil Shorts III (@CecilShortsIII) August 25, 2019
Fans… we are human. I know you love your teams, but try to understand someone’s story. I feel bad for Andrew Luck who’s done more than any of us can imagine to get healthy, getting booed at his home crowd 😠
— Chido (@ChidobeAwuzie) August 25, 2019
As a @colts fan, I didn’t think it was possible to respect #AndrewLuck any more than I already did..but he proved me wrong. His comments abt the new starting QB @JBrissett12 ..WOW. I’ve NEVER heard this level of transparency from a world class athlete. Andrew, you’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/N0bp3d72Do
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) August 25, 2019
Let’s show respect & take our hats off for Andrew Luck. We don’t know what he’s going through. He’s confident & at peace about his decision. Congratulations on a helluva career my guy. #FlipPhone Luv!
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) August 25, 2019
I respect Andrew Luck, you made a decision for the progress of yourself. For those that can’t respect that, SAD. But, there are some deep underlying issues you probably need to address with the person in the mirror.
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) August 25, 2019
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 25, 2019
Playing in the @Nfl at the highest level is hard & MOST players don’t walk away on their own terms. Andrew Luck played the game the right way. He showed poise, he was honest & most of all it was heart felt. I’m disappointed in @Colts fans for booing. Players aren’t commodities.
— Charles Tillman (@peanuttillman) August 25, 2019
In five years, we’ll either read an in-depth feature on how Andrew Luck became the richest man in Silicon Valley or how he now lives at the foot of the Himalayan mountains with a tribe who never discovered society.
There are no other options.
— Cian (@Cianaf) August 25, 2019
Final show on @MadDogRadio tonight…huge story breaks as Colts QB Andrew Luck chooses to retire from the NFL at 29 years old. Unbelievable act of self awareness. Proud of you Mr Luck. Thank you for enjoyment of watching you play, Godspeed!!
— Ryan D Leaf (@RyanDLeaf) August 25, 2019
I believe the most freeing part of Andrew Luck deciding to retire, after a cycle of injury and pain, is that he most assuredly loves football, and most assuredly knows who he is. His described clarity is something we all want in life, football or not.
— Marshall Newhouse (@MNewhouse73) August 25, 2019
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) August 25, 2019
If you’re slamming Andrew Luck in any way tonight, you’re probably just a bad person.
This was a painstaking process and NFL facilities are almost laughably ill equipped to deal with injuries.
This should be a wake up call for the entire @NFL. Barbarism can no longer be policy.
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) August 25, 2019
Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:
» Torn cartilage in 2 ribs
» partially torn abdomen
» a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood
» at least 1 concussion
» a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder
» and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) 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