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Breaking Angles: Colts QB Andrew Luck is Calling It a Career

After another injury derails what was a promising career yet again, Andrew Luck informs the Colts that he’s retiring from the NFL

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Breaking Angles: Colts QB Andrew Luck is Calling It a Career


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The Luck has Run Out in Indianapolis

Reports have surfaced that Andrew Luck is retiring and the only quarterbacking he’ll be doing will be from an armchair.

The first overall pick of the 2012 Draft, Luck brought high expectations with him from Stanford to the NFL. The organization and the entire city were searching for a successor to Peyton Manning, who left for Denver after missing the 2011 season with a neck injury. That departure was partly caused by the promise Luck showed coming out of Stanford.

That search seemed to come to an end once Luck took the field. He led the Colts to three consecutive playoff appearances, taking them all the way to the AFC Championship Game in 2014.

Bitten By the Injury Bug

Starting with a shoulder injury in 2015, he’s endured a series of injuries that have caused him to miss numerous games (including the entire 2017 season). He’s dealt with that shoulder injury as well as kidney and rib issues. This pre-season has been no different – what was originally thought to be a calf injury has since been relocated to some pain in the “high anklish” area of his left leg.

Over the course of his seven seasons, Luck threw for 171 TDs and 23,671 yards. He showed signs of being the next coming of Manning, but at times seemed to fall short of expectations. He made the Pro Bowl 4 times. Now that he’s retiring, perhaps he’ll have more time to dedicate to being the NFL’s unofficial librarian. All kidding aside – it’s a shame to hear the news. Everyone here at The Turf wishes him well.

Luck informed the Colts on Saturday that he’d be walking away from the game. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news:

The constant onslaught of injuries seemingly has worn down the quarterback, to the point where he’s ultimately decided to call it a career. The Colts will now likely turn to Jacoby Brissett, who stood in for Luck in 2017. Despite throwing for 3,098 yards and 13 TDs, the team ultimately finished with a 4-11 record. Time will tell how this shocking news will impact the Colts this season and beyond.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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