Andrew Luck shocked the entire sports world when he announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday, August 24. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback said that he was mentally fatigued as injuries continued to pile up. Some criticized Luck for his retirement, saying that it was a selfish decision to retire two weeks before the season.
Well, it was a selfish decision, but that is his right. It is luck who was putting his body on the line week after week, after all.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady understands just that. And during a recent on the “The Greg Hill Show”, the future Hall of Famer gave us one of the best, most refreshing takes about the Luck situation.
“It is his life. Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do. He had a great career and he was a great player,” Brady said, via USA TODAY Sports’ For the Win.
“Everybody wishes they could be healthy all the time. It is a contact sport and he’s certainly had his fair share of injuries, so guys retire at different times. Some at the end of the season, and I have seen a lot of guys retire before the season gets going and this is just one of those examples.”
It’s nice to see someone with a level head share their thoughts. After all, athletes own fans nothing.
Luck, a four-time Pro Bowler, 2014 NFL passing touchdowns leader, and last season’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. During his NFL career, Luck has thrown for 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns, and 83 interceptions with a career 89.5 passer rating.
During his time at Stanford, Luck was a Maxwell Award winner, Walter Camp Award winner, two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, two-time first-team All-Pac-12 honoree, and two-time First-Team All-American.