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
"I feel quite exhausted. I feel tired and not just in a physical sense," Luck said confirming his retirement during post-game comments Saturday, WISH reported. "Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better."
Luck was booed by fans as he left the field after the Colts 27-17 loss to the Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Fans learned of his retirement midway through the game.
"Part of our heart is broken tonight," team owner Jim Irsay told WISH.
Luck planned to tell teammates after the game and make a more formal announcement about retiring Sunday. The Colts locker room was closed to media after the game, WISH reported.
Luck, 29, was drafted No.1 overall in 2012 and played seven seasons for the Colts. He led the team to the playoffs multiple times but his career has been hampered by injuries.
The #Colts thought Andrew Luck would be full-go within the first week of camp from his calf/leg issue. But he never felt comfortable, mentally or physically. The tone shifted in the past couple weeks. Now, Luck plans to walk away at age 29.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 25, 2019
Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 25, 2019
» Torn cartilage in 2 ribs
» partially torn abdomen
» a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood
» at least 1 concussion
» a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder
» and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this
Luck has 23,671 career passing yards and threw 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions. He has a 53-33 record and appeared in four Pro Bowls.
The #Colts have known that QB Andrew Luck was seriously mulling retiring for at least two weeks. He’s married, he plans to travel the world, and once the love for the game waned, it sounds like he wanted to step away. So, he did.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2019
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