INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — He… he did what?
Murmurs grew in Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night as fans attending the Colts’ preseason exhibition against the Bears saw ESPN’s Adam Shefter report on Andrew Luck’s retirement via social media before the franchise quarterback had a chance to make the announcement himself.
Luck’s untimely retirement sent shock waves through the football world. After coming off arguably the best season of his career, the 29-year-old called it quits roughly two weeks before the start of the regular season. The newly married man and soon-to-be father cited his mental and physical health as reasons for stepping away.
When the news broke, players and fans from around the country took to Twitter to express their sentiments.
Here are some of the more notable reactions to Luck’s surprise retirement:
Every time i think about it, Tears start to flow 😭😭😭. No one understands you like i do. Our bond is one of a kind. I’ve decided to dedicate my season to my BEST FRIEND. I Love You 12. #Luck2Hilton pic.twitter.com/9a3JzxNum2
— TY Hilton (@TYHilton13) August 26, 2019
Pagano: “I will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan.” pic.twitter.com/Acvd9WbH9m
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 25, 2019
Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Gronk.
Left early. Shocking
But this is different. Andrew Luck is a elite QB and foundation of a franchise
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) August 25, 2019
"He came in and gave me new hope. He really did."
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 25, 2019
Dearest mother —
The quill has never felt more heavy. I have made the decision to holster my sidearm permanently. I shall battle no more. The decision is difficult, but, as the hogs taught me, I must be true to myself. I am coming home to care for you and the farm.
— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) August 25, 2019
An incredible competitor and a truly great person. I’ll miss competing against a guy who always played the game extremely hard, with an immense amount of respect. Wishing Andrew nothing but the absolute best moving forward. I know this had to be unbelievably difficult decision. pic.twitter.com/jgMHwJvPxo
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 25, 2019
Sheesh man, thank you for a great year last year my guy and helping me take my game further by practicing against you day in and day out! I wish you nothing but the best my guy! ✌🏾 Out Andrewski!!! It was terrible how the fans booed a man who gave them so much‼️Much respect12 pic.twitter.com/9mQls9u24t
— Darius Leonard (@dsleon45) August 25, 2019
Yup. All good. AFC South is still mine. Sleep well, kitty cat. I’m coming for you in a few weeks. https://t.co/6fPLsJXFOv
— Blue (@blue) August 25, 2019
I seriously thought about retiring after year 8. After a series of phone calls to close family and friends I decided to press on. This game can weigh on you heavily. I made the best decision for me and Luck has made the best for him! #Respect #igetit
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) August 25, 2019
Most passing TDs in first 6 NFL seasons:
Dan Marino 196
Andrew Luck 171
Peyton Manning 167
Russell Wilson 161
Most passing yards in first 6 NFL seasons:
Peyton Manning 24,885
Dan Marino 23,856
Andrew Luck 23,671
Matt Ryan 23,472
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 25, 2019
A star on the field and a class act off the field. Thanks for everything Andrew.
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck is a class act and has done great things for the @Colts and the city of Indianapolis. We all wish him well in retirement and look forward to a great season this year. pic.twitter.com/Zbnfses2pQ
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) August 25, 2019
Watching Andrew Luck tonight, he was done. Just done. Plain and simple. Done physically. Done emotionally. Done with injuries. Done with rehab. Done with football. A sad tragedy unfolded in Indianapolis as he lost the love of the game he once cherished.
— Dave Griffiths (@DaveG_Sports) August 25, 2019
This is a very rough game. Most people who have not played at this level will never understand what we put our bodies through season after season. We don’t need the sympathy because this is what we signed up for but to “boo” a man that battled for that city is disgraceful.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) August 25, 2019
Thank you Drew for everything you gave this game! You are an amazing teammate and an even better friend. Wish you nothing but the best in your next endeavor. I know you will be even greater in your next chapter
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) August 25, 2019
Andrew Luck will be somebody I tell my kids about. The person & the player. Respect Andrew ✊🏾 #LTE
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) August 25, 2019
I always said I wouldn’t be surprised if Luck retired in his prime. Yet here I am SHOCKED! He was truly one of the guys who seemed like he only played the game because he genuinely just enjoyed the game. Been thru A LOT physically and mentally. Happy for him.
— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) August 25, 2019
Given the news about Andrew Luck, I immediately thought about the Andrew Luck-RG III debates everyone had when they were considered the best prospects in the draft. You just never know how things will pan out.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 25, 2019
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 25, 2019
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) 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
Be a man, Andrew Luck. Choose pain. Choose unhappiness. Choose doctors screwing up your shoulder, ankle, calf, mind, joy, game you used to love. Choose ME over your love of wife and life and self and health….because my love can often withstand an interception. Selfish loser.
— The Stugotz Show with Greg Cote (@LeBatardShow) August 25, 2019
Opinion: As a Colts fan, I’m obviously disappointed right now. But I wonder how many fans would take back their “boos” after hearing Andrew Luck’s comments at the podium? Really didn’t like hearing that last night, and the timing of that news breaking was just awkward. @FOX59
— Zach Myers (@ZachMyersNews) August 25, 2019
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 25, 2019
Good Andrew Luck anecdote from Zach Ertz on their time together at Stanford. pic.twitter.com/8x18YUgtlF
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 25, 2019
I’ve posted this before, but Andrew Luck’s retirement reminds me of this essay from a palliative care nurse. “Regrets of the Dying.” No one she nursed, at the end of life, ever wished they had spent more time at work. https://t.co/LPe0NpDGR1 pic.twitter.com/1q4X6uSsNa
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) August 25, 2019
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 25, 2019
2 weeks ago, I happened to be walking off the field behind Andrew Luck. He hadn’t practiced but was out watching & supporting his teammates. He high-fived every kid he saw as he left (I only caught the final seconds). Through his personal pain, he thought to bring joy to others. pic.twitter.com/CJqFsG4Wm7
— Larra Overton (@LarraOverton) August 25, 2019
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