Andrew Luck confirms retirement: 'I'm in pain'

Andrew Luck To Retire From NFL - RealGM Wiretap

Word first leaked about Luck's plans during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Chicago Bears when ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Luck felt mentally worn down and had met with team owner Jim Irsay to inform him of his decision.

Luck appeared overcome with emotion as he read prepared remarks, visibly bearing the weight of both his words and his decision, which he called the hardest of his life.

"I am going to retire", he said. "It's been four years of this pain, rehab cycle".

Luck said the repeated injuries, the lingering pain and continual rehab took away his love for the game.

Some sportsbooks, including DraftKings in New Jersey, pulled the Colts off the board for win totals and Super Bowl futures, according to Action Network's Darren Rovell. He has pocketed $49.4 million of that contract entering the 2019 season, including roster bonuses.

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His overall contract was for five years, US$123 million which he signed in 2017.

"I'll be honest, it hurt". "I've been in this [pain] cycle. and for me to move forward in my life the way I want to, it doesn't involve football". It's taken the joy out of this game.

Luck numerous times brought up the fact that he had vowed to himself he would never go through a long, uncertain injury recovery again, as he did from 2016-18. I find myself in a similar situation. But Jacoby Brissett is a winning football player in this league and, I think you heard what Andrew said, Jacoby Brissett is a rare, rare leader. I've come to the proverbial fork in the road.

Luck was preparing to announce his retirement at a news conference Sunday morning but Irsay, or someone close to him, spilled the beans and the news broke during the game.

Luck thanked the franchise, his fellow teammates and Colts fans and said he was grateful to have been drafted to the team. Offensive coordinator Tavita Pritchard's position is endowed as the Andrew Luck Director of Offense. But a subpar offensive line struggled to keep Luck upright and in 2015, the shoulder and kidney injuries forced him to miss nine games.

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