Some fans booed as he left the field. Former Colts kicker Pat McAfee responded with, “Wow.” And former Colts long snapper Matt Overton tweeted that he was, “At a loss for words.”
Those were among the stunned reactions of Colts fans and others as they learned Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will retire from the NFL.
“It’s the hardest decision of my life,” Luck said during a news conference after the Colts lost a preseason game Saturday night to the Chicago Bears. “It’s the right decision for me.”
He called the decision sad, but he said, “I have a lot of clarity in this.”
“For the last four years or so, I’ve been in this cycle: injury, pain, rehab,” he said. “The only way I see out is to no longer play football.”
Here’s how people are responding to the announcement that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will retire.
I’m literally shook right now https://t.co/NwxoKQJp0v
— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 25, 2019
As shocked, frustrated, sad, or angry @colts fans are tonight, the guy that we feel for the most is GM Chris Ballard. Ballard and his scouts have done an excellent job rebuilding the roster around Andrew Luck and tonight’s news is a major setback.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) August 25, 2019
The #Colts have known that QB Andrew Luck was seriously mulling retiring for at least two weeks. He’s married, he plans to travel the world, and once the love for the game waned, it sounds like he wanted to step away. So, he did.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2019
“Final” has many meanings tonight apparently https://t.co/p0CWrxUiQv
— Dan Spehler (@DanSpehler) August 25, 2019
— Eric Berman (@WIBC_EricBerman) August 25, 2019
Wow!!! Andrew luck retiring!!! Just Wow!!!
— gary brackett (@GaryBrackett58) August 25, 2019
Wow. That is all.
— ROBERT MATHIS The1st (@RobertMathis98) August 25, 2019
You won’t hear these kids @RileyChildrens Hospital booing #AndrewLuck. The important victories happen here, not on the football field. Thank you Andrew for being a great human being. @NFL @Colts #ColtsNation pic.twitter.com/TO3yoYLKlk
— Michael Pruitt, PIO (@Michael_Pruitt1) August 25, 2019