At just 29 years old, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to retire. The news was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The main reasons cited for Luck deciding to retire so early is him being “mentally worn down” which led to him being checked out.
Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck Retiring
Luck deciding to retire before his 30th birthday is unprecedented.
The former number one overall pick was having a great career, with 23,671 yards to go with 171 touchdowns in only six active seasons.
However, the injuries took their toll. Throughout the early part of his career, the Colts struggled to protect Luck. Those injuries led him to miss a number of games during his career, including missing the whole 2017 season.
Last season Luck was able to bounce back, however, throwing 39 touchdowns and leading the Colts to a 10-6 record and a playoff win.
Luck is leaving a lot of money on the table as well. He was signed through 2021 with a huge cap hit each season. It has yet to be seen how the financial side of this will shake out. Regardless, the Colts will have even more cap space after this than they did before.
When the Colts drafted Luck in 2012 they thought they were getting an All-Pro quarterback that would play for years. They did get an All-Pro level quarterback, but now Luck is set to announce what might be the most shocking retirement in league history. And now, the team will be moving forward with Jacoby Brissett.