In 2012, Andrew Luck was the first overall pick of the NFL Draft, taken by the Indianapolis Colts as the successor to Peyton Manning. After missing the entire 2017 season to injury, Luck came came back in full force in 2018, finishing with 39 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions, and a QB rating of 98.7. The Colts were expected to be top contenders in the AFC in 2019.
And now, Luck is retiring. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news this evening:
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
When news is that big and surprising, it’s worth covering on any NFL blog. It does also have a slight tie-in to the Browns — although the Colts still have a very solid team and Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback, one might say it takes one contender out of the mix for Cleveland to battle with in terms of playoff seeding, if it comes down to that.
At 29 years old, Luck’s career is finished. Are you stunned, Browns fans?