Luck's Retirement Most Shocking Development In NFL History

CBS Sports NFL writer Ryan Wilson provided perspective on Andrew Luck's retirement

Taz and the Moose
August 26, 2019 - 9:05 am
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Andrew Luck stunned the NFL world this past weekend, announcing his retirement from the league just weeks before his 30th birthday. Luck was the No. 1 pick in 2012.

“I was going through with some friends the biggest, most shocking developments in NFL history, and I feel like this is it in a landslide,” CBS Sports NFL writer Ryan Wilson said on Taz & The Moose. “I know it just happened and sometimes things that just happened, we over-exaggerate. But I guarantee you Chris Ballard would consider this the most shocking thing he’s seen. Frank Reich, Jim Irsay and obviously some of those Colts fans, I would think they were booing and ripping their Andrew Luck jerseys as they found out the news.”

Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from shoulder surgery, has battled numerous injuries in recent years. He was one of the top quarterbacks in football last season, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns, but decided now was the time to step away.

“Luck was tormented,” Wilson said. “He was down. He said, ‘I’ve been in dark places. I’ve been doing injury rehab for four years. This is not getting better. He even said, ‘I don’t envision coming back.’ You know that’s going to be the next question as soon as some quarterback on another team gets hurt. So it was a crazy development. The Colts could be in worst shape, but this isn’t the way you want to start the season.”

It’s possible that other players could follow Luck’s lead in the coming years. After all, Luck made $97 million with the Colts. He is set for life.

“Andrew Luck has a flip phone,” Wilson said. “That, to me, says he has saved his money. He probably has his first paycheck from Week 1 of his rookie season. He probably is set no matter what happens. Some people have obligations. Some people play because they have nothing else to do. Andrew Luck could do any number of things outside of football and be extremely successful at it.”

Without Luck, the Colts, who went 10-6 and made the playoffs last season, will turn to Jacoby Brissett. The Colts have a great offensive line, a strong running game, talented wide receivers, and a young defense. 

“I think he’ll be fine,” Wilson said of Brissett, “and I think we’re sort of underrating how good he could possibly be.”

The Colts open the season with road games against the Chargers and Titans.

Click below to listen to Wilson’s interview in its entirety.