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Andrew Luck Retires from the NFL Before Turning 30

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    One of the best quarterbacks in the league just retired. No it wasn't the aging Brady, Brees or Eli Manning.. It's 29-year-old Andrew Luck, QB of the Colts.

    He made the announcement of his retirement after a preseason game:

    "This is not an easy decision. Honestly, it's the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me," Luck told reporters after Indianapolis' preseason game Saturday night. "For the last four years or so, I've been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, and it's been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason, and I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football."

    After some thought this makes a lot of sense for Luck. Perhaps no quarterback in recent history has dealt with more injuries than him in his career. He had to sit out the entire 2017 season and I don't think he's ever had a fully healthy season. I think he has played a full season, but always with nagging injuries and many games with doubt he would even be able to go.

    Luck wants to travel the world and be done with all the pain. Can't blame him in the slightest for wanting to move on. Its just shocking and historic for one of the best players in the league to retire before their 30th birthday, especially when everyone thinks that if he were to remain healthy he would be a sure first ballot hall of famer.

    Luck was always one of my favorite QBs. He had an amazing ability to turn games around in the 3rd and especially 4th quarters of games where I thought for sure they were out of it. Maybe the numbers don't back it up but he always felt to me with the eyeball test as one of the greatest comeback QBs ever.

    Happy for him and a bit shocked. Looks like Jacoby Brissett will be the Colt's starting QB for the foreseeable future.

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    More power to him for doing what he thinks is best. That decision has to be super hard to make. I'm sure it's really easy to just hang in there until the injury subsides to just give it one more year. Then it just gets out of control and you end up barely being able to move in a decade or so. To go from being a loved NFL quarterback to travelling the world when you're still young is a super smart move.

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    One of the more amazing things about this story is the Colts aren't asking Andrew Luck to give back is signing or roster bonuses. Which they were totally within rights to do so. Would have been $12.8 million with the signing bonus and another $12 million in roster bonuses. So they said he could keep almost $25 million. Free and clear.

    That's says a lot about the whole situation. They respected him wholeheartedly and he tried as hard as he could. No blame or shame here. Happy for him too. Sucks when a great player is constantly in pain.