Adam Schefter | SportsCenter: Andrew Luck had been pondering retirement from NFL

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is still just 29

He was in pain yet again, and this time, the agony was not ceasing.

He said he told his teammates earlier that he was retiring.

Star quarterback Andrew Luck has told the Indianapolis Colts he is retiring from the National Football League, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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.

Just a little under seven years ago, he came onto the field against the orange and blue to start what many believed would be a long career.

He played with shoulder pain for most of 2015 and 2016, and his 2015 season ended when he suffered a lacerated kidney.

Luck's retirement stands to have huge implications on the Steelers future.

'This is not an easy decision. It's the hardest decision of my life.

"I had a thought that it might be my last time throwing at Lucas Oil as a current member of the Colts team, and I just wanted to make sure I could go out and enjoy it".

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"For the last four years or so, I've been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab", Luck said. Injuries have "taken my joy of this game away", he said.

Luck admitted that he had been "hurt" by the jeers from fans, saying: "I'd be lying if I didn't say I heard the reaction". I've been stuck in this process, haven't been able to live the life I want to live. "He made his. I respect it". "I love this team".

"I mean what did I do baby, I've been a fan of yours, why would you do this to me?" And as part of this team, and because of how I feel I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position.

"Teams win, don't write the end of the story yet. And it's sad. But I also have a lot of clarity in this". He compiled more than 23,600 yards and 171 touchdowns over his six-season career in Indianapolis. Indianapolis was considered a playoff contender and an AFC South division favorite this offseason. He was named the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after finishing the season with 4,593 passing yards and 39 touchdowns.

Luck's football story, though, can't be told without the injuries that ultimately led to his retirement in 2019.

Luck was the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Luck's body simply would not allow it.

Luck signed a five-year, $123-million contract extension with the Colts that kicked in following expiry of his rookie deal after 2016.

The 29-year-old athlete fought back tears as he revealed the news during an emotional press conference held on Saturday night.

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