That’s right—it’s true.
Saturday night, Indianapolis Colts franchise quarterback Andrew Luck shocked the NFL by announcing during a post-game press conference that he was going to retire, having finally made the hardest decision of his life.
Dearest mother —— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) August 25, 2019
The quill has never felt more heavy. I have made the decision to holster my sidearm permanently. I shall battle no more. The decision is difficult, but, as the hogs taught me, I must be true to myself. I am coming home to care for you and the farm.
“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 and unrelenting both in season and off season and I’ve felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away,” Luck said, visibly overcome with emotion in a video via ESPN.
When I first heard the news, it was through a friend on Saturday night just after Luck made the announcement. I didn’t believe my friend when he said, “Luck’s retiring! I just heard!” I disregarded the claim and assumed it was a joke.
While watching the emotional press conference this morning, I felt for Luck. It’s clear what he was saying wasn’t just words; this really was a hard decision for him to make. It’s unfortunate his career was so riddled with injury and pain, but he still was a fantastic quarterback for Indianapolis when he did play. Just last season, Luck returned to the football scene after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. He led the Colts to second place in the AFC South Division and into the second round of the playoffs before being knocked out by Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Things were indeed looking up for him and Indianapolis heading into the 2019-20 season, but today the question stands: What now?
Jacoby Brissett is no stranger to filling in the Colts quarterback position. Due to Luck’s frequent injuries, Brissett, the backup, has had some experience stepping in and taking the reins. During the 2017 season, Brissett started most games in the absence of Luck and “played the way you might expect a backup passer to perform,” ESPN Staff Writer Bill Barnwell describes. Sure, the Colts had a 4-12 record with Brissett at the QB position, but that was two years ago (and when we could say “oh, I can’t wait for Luck to come back!”)
It has been said the Colts have been aiming to make a more well-rounded team that’s not reliant on one player for success. This is more important now than ever. Brissett has some solid targets to give the ball to in tight end Jack Doyle, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, and running back Marlon Mack, among others. Now the team can focus on Brissett’s skills as opposed to having Brissett focus on how to be like Luck. He’s the man now (at least as of today).
ESPN Staff Writer Mike Wells wrote, “The Colts go from a favorite in the AFC South to a team that might have a difficult time making the playoffs.” Though that may be true, I still hope to see some success for Brissett and the Colts because once again they’re back to being an underdog. Speaking of underdog, it should be noted the Jaguars fan part of me is jumping for joy. It’s very possible another team will be last in the AFC South this season.
Well, goodbye Andrew Luck. Let your body and mind heal. It’s time for a new star to rise (just hopefully not over Jacksonville).