Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was savagely booed by sections of his own team’s fans after news broke that the NFL star was retiring at the age of 29 due to persistent injury struggles.
News emerged on Saturday night during the Colts game against the Chicago Bears that Luck was calling time on his career following his latest injury woes in the build-up to the new season.
Luck was watching the game from the sidelines, but was forced to endure boos from some in the crowd when they learned of his decision.
Luck helped the Colts to the playoffs last season and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the year for 2018, seemingly turning the corner after missing the entire 2017 season following shoulder surgery.
However, he was hit by calf and ankle injuries during the current pre-season and confirmed on Saturday night at an emotional press conference that his career was over.
“For the last four years or so, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab,” Luck said.
“It’s been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and off-season, and I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football,” he added.
Luck admitted that he had been “hurt” by the jeers from fans, saying: “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I heard the reaction. Yeah, it hurt. I’ll be honest. It hurt.”
That response was also condemned by fellow NFL players and many online, who felt Luck deserved far more sympathy given his injury plight.
Those Colts fans that booed Andrew Luck Tonight need to re evaluate their lives
— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 25, 2019
Fans… we are human. I know you love your teams, but try to understand someone’s story. I feel bad for Andrew Luck who’s done more than any of us can imagine to get healthy, getting booed at his home crowd 😠
— Chido (@ChidobeAwuzie) August 25, 2019
His decision has been met more kindly on social media, where praise came in for a man who was the number one pick in the 2012 draft, and who was one of the league’s most consistent – and popular – performers when injury-free.
Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:
» 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
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 25, 2019
Luck reportedly signed a new $122 million, five-year deal with the Colts back in 2016, and is believed to be missing out on around $64 million by walking away. He has, however, netted almost $100 million during his time with the Colts.