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Andrew Luck has dropped the biggest story of the NFL season, all before Week 1 has begun. Luck is retiring from the NFL, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday night. Schefter says Luck met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to share the news. The news comes out of nowhere as no indication had ever been…Read More

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Andrew Luck says Colts fans booing him ‘hurt’

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck gave an honest press conference on Saturday night after news of his shocking retirement leaked. During that time of honesty, the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback admitted he was hurt by the fans who booed him walking off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium after the Colts’ preseason loss to the Bears.

Videos showed fans booing Luck when he walked off the field. The boos came as news of Luck’s decision to retire circulated.

Luck, 29, said that the cycle of being in pain and rehabbing that he’d fallen into the past four years took its toll on him and took away his love of the game. He suffered numerous injuries since 2015, including rib, kidney, abdominal, shoulder, a concussion, and ankle/calf injuries. He was beat up by the game and felt like he’d been totally drained mentally by the rehab.

The decision means he walks away from the NFL having been named to four Pro Bowls and earned $97 million. He left about $64 million on the table by walking away from his current contract.

Watch: Steve Spurrier had funny reaction to Feleipe Franks interception

Steve Spurrier

Florida and Miami ushered in a new college football season with a very sloppy game on Saturday night in Orlando, one that left Steve Spurrier shaking his head.

The former Gators coach was a special attendee of the game and was shown by ESPN reacting to a late Feleipe Franks interception that gave the Hurricanes a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.

Spurrier’s reaction made all the sense. The Gators had just forced Miami to turn the ball over on downs, and there was Franks giving it right back to them on the next play. Franks threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the game. The Gators turned the ball over four times but still won 24-20.

That kind of sloppy play would never fly for the reigning AAF champion.

Doug Gottlieb gets ratio’d for worst tweet ever about Andrew Luck

Doug Gottlieb

Congratulations to Doug Gottlieb for inserting himself into the Andrew Luck retirement story with the worst tweet possible on the matter.

Gottlieb, a former college basketball player and current FOX Sports Radio talk show host, ripped Luck for retiring. He called Luck a “millennial” and said the quarterback was retiring because rehab was “too hard.”

Here we were thinking it was bad of Indianapolis Colts fans to boo Luck, and Gottlieb somehow topped them.

Since 2015, Luck has suffered:
– torn labrum in shoulder (he played through this injury in 2016)
torn cartilage in two ribs
lacerated kidney
– partially torn abdomen
– at least one concussion
– current ankle/calf injury that led to his retirement

A hit Luck took from Danny Trevathan in 2015 left a doctor saying the injuries were consistent with a car crash victim.

Luck has always had a true love of the game and been one of the most physical quarterbacks when he’s played, going back to his college college days. He is a tough dude who played through injuries and never shied away from contact. Walking away from football after being broken by the injuries and rehab is a personal choice that he is free to make. We will miss watching him but understand his difficult decision. It’s a shame there are knuckleheads out there like Gottlieb who don’t get it.

Here is how much money Andrew Luck gave up by retiring

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck made the shocking decision to retire from the NFL due to the toll all of his injuries have taken on his body and mind. His decision shows how much he values his health over money.

Luck was in the middle of a five-year, $123 million contract extension he signed with the Indianapolis Colts in June 2016. According to Spotrac, Luck still had $64 million left on his contract. The quarterback was due a $6 million roster bonus on September 17.

Luck was owed $9.125 million in base salary this season and $12 million in roster bonuses (half of which was paid in March).

Luck had made just over $97 million during his playing career, which lasted from 2012-2018 (including the 2017 season, which he missed due to shoulder surgery). The Colts have $12.8 million of Luck’s signing bonus allocated over 2019 and 2020, which they could ask for back given the quarterback’s retirement.

Luck was booed by Colts fans as he walked off the field at the end of the team’s preseason game Saturday night.

Watch: Andrew Luck booed by Colts fans after preseason game

Andrew Luck frothing

Indianapolis Colts fans did not exactly express gratitude towards Andrew Luck after learning of his shocking retirement decision on Saturday night.

Luck was on the sidelines for the Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears when news broke that he was retiring from the NFL. He was escorted off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium at the end of the team’s 27-17 loss. Fans were heard booing him:

Colts fans have every right to be upset over the news, but they should not be booing Luck.

The 29-year-old played through injuries upon injuries during his career with the team and still led them to the playoffs four times and two division titles. He decided to walk away from the game despite being owed around $64 million because injuries had worn him down. The fans can be angry, but booing him shows no compassion whatsoever.

They likely know how lucky they were to have Luck and Peyton Manning back-to-back and understand how difficult it will be to find another franchise quarterback.

Andrew Luck had been mulling retirement for two weeks, lost love of game

Andrew Luck beard

Andrew Luck has made the absolutely shocking decision to retire from the NFL in the middle of his prime, and it’s apparently a choice he’s been thinking about for a few weeks.

Luck has barely participated in the Indianapolis Colts’ offseason workouts or training camp due to a mysterious leg injury. He was trying to get ready for Week 1 despite the calf/ankle injury. However, news came out on Saturday night via ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Luck was retiring.

Schefter described Luck as mentally worn down.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Luck had been considering retirement for a few weeks and that his love for the game waned.

Luck has been dealing with injuries the last few years that have affected his mental state. On top of the current leg injury he’s been dealing with, Luck missed all of the 2017 season recovering from shoulder surgery.

He said in August that recovering from his current injury was frustrating.

“At times I do worry about it. It can be frustrating,” Luck said earlier this month.

Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle in 2015, which is the same year he tore the labrum in his shoulder. He played through a torn cartilage in his ribs in 2015. He played through the torn labrum in 2016 but missed all of 2017 while recovering from surgery. Last year he admitted he suffered another shoulder injury while snowboarding in late 2016. He also suffered a concussion in 2016.

“I’ve seen more doctors than I can count on two hands over the past two or three years,” Luck said last year.

The 29-year-old was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He made four Pro Bowls, threw for 39 touchdowns last season, and was viewed as an MVP contender in the middle of his prime. Instead, he walks away having made $97 million during his career.

Andrew Luck retiring from NFL

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck has dropped the biggest story of the NFL season, all before Week 1 has begun.

Luck is retiring from the NFL, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday night. Schefter says Luck met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to share the news.

The news comes out of nowhere as no indication had ever been given that Luck was contemplating his NFL future.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has been dealing with a lower leg injury that’s prevented him from participating in most of the team’s offseason program and training camp. His status entering Week 1 was unknown, but he was working to try and get ready for the season.

Since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012, Luck has had a rough time with injuries. He missed time in 2015 due to a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. He played through a shoulder injury in 2016 that required surgery and kept him out for the entire 2017 season. He returned last season and threw for 4593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, making his fourth career Pro Bowl.

The 29-year-old has earned about $97 million during his playing career. He was in the middle of a five-year contract worth nearly $123 million.

The former Stanford quarterback’s father Oliver is the commissioner of the upcoming XFL, a spring football league. One has to wonder whether Luck has any plans to be part of that venture.

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