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Andrew and the Colts run out of Luck

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August 26, 2019 - 9:59 am

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck shocked the fans in Indy and around the NFL on Saturday night when he announced his retirement from the game at just age 29. Of course, Northern California football fans feel a tie to Luck because of his outstanding collegiate playing days down on “the farm” at Stanford.

Luck has been dealing with an undefined left calf/ankle issue that led to this surprise announcement. The Colts had been less than forthcoming about what was wrong with Luck’s left calf/ankle. Owner Jim Irsay told NFL Radio it was a “small bone” in the ankle that was causing the problem. The Colts GM said it was a cumulative injury.

Team officials were united in their statements that Luck’s rehab was going well, and that he should be ready to go by the first week of the 2019 season. In fact, some pundits were suggesting that the Colts were keeping Luck under wraps to keep their week one opponents – the San Diego Chargers – guessing about who they would be facing at quarterback.

On Saturday night, we learned that the most important person involved in the situation – Andrew Luck – disagreed with the analysis of the team. He did not think his recovery was going well at all.

Luck’s injury history

Here is a list of the known major injuries that Luck has suffered while being a quarterback over seven years in the National Football League:

  • Torn cartilage in 2 ribs
  • A partially torn abdomen
  • A lacerated kidney that left him urinating blood
  • At least one concussion
  • A torn labrum in his throwing shoulder
  • Plus, this undefined calf/ankle issue that led to his retirement
  • These do not include the cadre of multiple “minor” injuries that Luck had to deal with on a game by game basis that would have landed most of us mere mortals in the hospital for days

Andrew Luck has endured injuries that would have put most of us on permanent disability payments for one such incident. He has worked his way through the mental and physical torture of rehabilitation to make his way back to play football at the NFL level multiple times.

What Luck had to say on Saturday

“I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle,” Luck said. “It’s a myriad of issues — calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”

What Andrew Luck just told us was playing football was not fun anymore because it just hurt too much to play the game. How many of you keep doing something when it hurts so bad that it’s no fun anymore?

“I feel like I can’t live the life I want to live,” Luck said. “I felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to not play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away.”

“I feel stuck.” What do employment counselors tell people who “stuck” in a job? They tell them to get a new job!

In this case, leaving the game he loves may mean being able to live the rest of his life without having to use a cane or walker in order to be mobile later in his life. It may also mean living a life free of pain killers because he is refusing to subject his body to anymore abuse that he may not be able to recover from in the future.

Some Colts fans booed as Luck left the field

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I heard the reaction,” Luck said after it was all finally over for good Saturday night in Indianapolis. “Yeah, it hurt. I’ll be honest, it hurt.”

“Booze-fueled” fans sitting in the cheap seats in Lucas Oil Stadium booed Andrew Luck as he walked off the field on Saturday night. Not one of those “boo-birds” would not be able to get up off the turf after taking a “normal” hit that Luck took hundreds of times over his NFL career. They think because they paid $50 for a ticket that a player should be willing “to die” on the field for their team to win a championship.

It’s sad that they cannot appreciate what Luck gave them over his time in Indianapolis.

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Luck is the smartest guy in the room

The fact is when Andrew Luck walks into a space he probably is the smartest guy in the room. He had to be admitted into Stanford on his academic merits first and his athletic abilities second. Luck is known as being a “genius” in architectural engineering. He is a multi-talented man.

He has figured out that to continue playing football would be physically and mentally dangerous for him. It could possibly “ruin” the plans he has for the rest of his life for being a husband and a father. Andrew Luck is smart enough to know when it is time to call it quits. He is secure enough to move on without the roar of the crowd.

Why is Luck done at 29 while Brady continues at age 42?

If you can figure that out, the NFL will pay you a billion dollars. Different players and different bodies can endure the wear and tear while others break down in unexpected time frames that surprise us all. There is an element of luck (no pun intended) involved while a regimen of physical and nutritional preparation may influence longevity.

What does the future hold for Luck?

One of the television networks should sign the savvy Luck to analyze NFL football for them. As a former NFL quarterback, he can bring a unique perspective to a studio show or to game coverage that fans crave. He also would bring his special brand of objectivity and humor to game coverage.

Luck the architect

In the future, we might be showing our children or grandchildren a football stadium or skyscraper that has been designed by former NFL quarterback Andrew Luck. How cool would that be?

NFL players send their love and respect to Andrew Luck after he announced his decision to retire.

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