Andrew Luck Explains Shocking Retirement Decision

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In his press conference, Luck said lingering pain and continual rehab have also taken away his love for the game.

Andrew Luck, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback and Indianapolis Colts' franchise player, has informed his team that he is retiring from professional football aged 29, ESPN reported on Saturday night.

Luck was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012, seemingly the Colts' seamless, elite QB heir to Peyton Manning, whom the club bought out just one month before drafting Luck, a star passer at Stanford.

Luck, who turns 30 on September 12, had met with Colts owner Jim Irsay earlier to tell him of the decision.

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With Luck no longer in the mix, the Colts will rely on Jacoby Brissett to start in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. "But it is the right decision for me".

Andrew Luck is 29 and will turn 30 next month, which is when the National Football League kicks off its 100th season. On a personal note ... coming back into the building, early previous year, I was very jealous and resentful of this fun, happy dude that was in my spot as a quarterback on this team.

But the Colts had already been preparing for the possibility Luck might not be ready for the September 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Brissett's first stint wasn't great, with him going 4-11 as a starter in 2017, with 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions and just 193 passing yards per game.

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Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts prepares to snap the ball in the game against the New York Giants in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Luck, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, chose to hang up his cleats due to a long battle with his injuries.

The Titans face the Colts for the first time this year on September 15 in Nissan Stadium. I find myself in a similar situation and the only way for me is to remove myself from football and this cycle I've been in.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't hear it", Luck said of the boos. He led the league with 40 touchdown passes in 2014, when Indianapolis lost the AFC Championship Game at New England.

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