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Friday, June 5, 2020

Andrew Luck

Troy Aikman rips into Doug Gottlieb over Andrew Luck tweet

Doug Gottlieb

Andrew Luck has been the target of plenty of unfair criticism since he made the shocking decision to retire from football over the weekend, but one of the most absurd takes came from Doug Gottlieb. Troy Aikman, who works for the same company as Gottlieb, had no problem unloading on the former college basketball player.

Not long after Luck announced his retirement, Gottlieb sent an idiotic tweet about the Colts quarterback being too much of a millennial to handle a difficult rehab process.

Aikman suffered numerous concussions during his career as a Dallas Cowboys quarterback and retired due to a back injury, so he can understand what Luck is going through like few others. Aikman is also the lead analyst for NFL games on FOX. Gottlieb hosts a show on FOX Sports Radio and appears on FOX Sports 1. Aikman blasted Gottlieb and even took a shot at FS1 while he was at it.

“That’s total bulls— Doug,” Aikman wrote on Twitter. “What qualifies you to decide how someone should live their life? So you’re now the authority on what motivates Andrew Luck? And if his decisions don’t fit into what you think is best for him then you rip him? Guess that keeps you employed on FS1. Nice.”

The way Colts fans treated Luck as he walked off the field on Saturday was bad, but Gottlieb’s tweet was worse. Of course, as Aikman mentioned, it’s the type of hot take that keeps someone like Gottlieb employed. The more attention it gets, the better — even if that attention is almost exclusively negative.

Ex-QB Dan Orlovsky gives insight into Andrew Luck’s mentality

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck tried to explain to the public in his press conference on Saturday night why he was retiring. He talked about the cycle of injury, pain, rehab becoming so repetitive and frustrating the last several years that it robbed him of his joy for the sport of football.

For more context on what that looks like for an NFL player, Dan Orlovsky shared some insight.

Orlovsky played quarterback in the NFL from 2005-2015. He spent the 2011 season with the Colts, the year before Luck was drafted. More importantly for this context, Orlovsky was teammates with Calvin Johnson for five seasons, including 2015, which was Johnson’s final year. Johnson retired at age 30 despite being a top receiver in the league; he had 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns in his final year.

Orlovsky says he saw the same things with Luck that he saw with Johnson over the final season.

Luck walking away from the NFL at age 29 and at in his prime as an MVP contender was nothing short of shocking. He seems to be at peace with his decision, knowing it is the right choice for him.

Johnson made the same choice for himself and never went back on his retirement decision despite teams trying to get him to return. Maybe Luck will be able to stay away just as Johnson has because both knew when they were done.

Ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano pays tribute to Andrew Luck

Chuck Pagano

Former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano joined the organization in the same year it drafted quarterback Andrew Luck first overall, so it’s fair to say the pair’s fates intertwined quite a bit during their NFL careers.

With Luck’s retirement, Pagano, now defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, stopped to pay tribute to his longtime quarterback in a statement. In it, Pagano said Luck’s decision took “great courage,” and the ex-coach would “forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan.”

Luck and Pagano were quite successful together, at least initially. They made the playoffs three times in their first three years together, which culminated in an AFC Championship appearance in 2014. Things went downhill after that, and Pagano was fired after the conclusion of the 2017 season, a year Luck missed due to injury.

It’s pretty safe to say that Pagano does not share Colts’ fans’ reaction to Luck’s retirement. Perhaps the fans will come around to his point of view.

Dez Bryant explains why he identifies with Andrew Luck

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has had terrible luck with injuries since being released by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but those experiences have helped him understand Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck’s decision to retire.

Bryant, who is currently unsigned, was one of many NFL players to praise Luck after the quarterback retired Saturday. Bryant added that he understood Luck’s decision “100%.”

When one fan doubted whether Bryant would actually pass up $58 million, Bryant claimed he’d turned down $30 million from the Baltimore Ravens because he hadn’t felt that he could live up to that.

Bryant is referring to the 2018 offseason following his release from Dallas. At the time, it was reported that he turned down a multi-year offer from the Ravens, preferring to find a one-year deal.

Bryant may understand even better now. He didn’t land with a team until over halfway through the 2018 season. Then, two days after signing with the New Orleans Saints, he tore his Achilles. It’s safe to say that he would understand better than most just how much injuries can mess up a career, and why one might simply take the money they’ve saved and move on to other things when the physical toll becomes a major factor.

Jerry Jones hopes Andrew Luck becomes president of the US

Andrew Luck frothing

Andrew Luck announced his shocking decision to retire from football on Saturday, and most people are confident he will find success no matter what path he chooses in life. Jerry Jones believes Luck has what it takes to be one of the most powerful men in the world.

Jones was asked about Luck’s abrupt retirement after the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason game on Saturday night, and to say he has high hopes for the former No. 1 overall pick would be a huge understatement.

“To step back away from this thing, I honor him. I think a lot of his family, I think a lot of his father, I think a lot of what he’s brought to football and wish him nothing but the very best,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I hope he becomes President of the United States.”

Luck is extremely intelligent. He graduated from Stanford in 2012 with a degree in architectural design, so there is plenty he can do outside of football. He’s also only 29.

All that said, we tend to doubt Luck is going to explore the possibility of becoming the president of the US. He’s not exactly experienced in that department, and the mental stress of running for president would probably rival the physical stress of playing football.

Luck made plenty of money during his NFL career — even if it was an abbreviated one. The Indianapolis Colts are also doing what they can to make sure he is as financially set as possible. Luck should have plenty of options if he wants to start another career.

Report: Colts will not recoup any money they are owed from Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

The Indianapolis Colts are entitled to a significant amount of money back from Andrew Luck now that he has decided to retire, but they are not going to create a situation where there could be tension between the former No. 1 overall pick and the franchise.

The Colts have reached a financial settlement with Luck and will not seek to recoup any of the money he could have potentially owed them, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Luck would have been contractually obligated to pay back a total of $24.8 million stemming from a pro-rated amount of his $32 million signing bonus from 2016 and $12 million in roster bonuses he was paid when the new league year began in March, but the Colts are letting him keep it all.

Luck dealt with numerous significant injuries throughout his NFL career, and the Colts clearly want to show that they appreciate all he went through. Irsay applauded Luck for leaving what he estimated to be close to $450 million on the table by walking away from football, so the owner is letting him keep the $24.8 million as what Schefter describes as a “parting gift.”

We know Colts fans didn’t treat Luck all that well with their reaction to his shocking retirement decision, but the team deserves credit for showing him a great deal of respect.

Richard Sherman calls Indianapolis ‘disgraceful’ for booing Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck was showered with boos during what may have been his final walk off an NFL football field on Sunday night, and Pro Bowl defensive back Richard Sherman is among those who think the way some Indianapolis Colts fans reacted to Luck’s retirement was classless.

News surfaced during the Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday night that Luck had informed the team he was retiring, and the 29-year-old heard a chorus of boos at Lucas Oil Stadium as he walked off the field. Sherman called it “disgraceful” that fans would react that way after all Luck gave them.

Luck has suffered numerous significant injuries throughout his career, and he said on Saturday that the cycle of being in pain and rehabbing he had fallen into the past four years took its toll on him and took away his love of the game. It’s hard to fault a player for calling it a career when playing the game is negatively impacting his quality of life, but the Colts fans who booed obviously had zero time to digest the news and reacted without thinking it through.

You can certainly understand why Luck felt the way he did about the boos, but in time Colts fans will likely applaud everything he accomplished on the field.