Arians: "I Wouldn't Bet On" Luck Returning To NFL

Anything is possible, but Bruce Arians believes Andrew Luck's decision to retire from the NFL is final

Tiki and Tierney
August 26, 2019 - 5:48 pm

Andrew Luck was the first overall pick in 2012. His first offensive coordinator? Bruce Arians, who got to know Luck quite well during his time in Indianapolis.

If you were surprised that Luck retired from the NFL this past weekend, well, so was Arians.

“I think it’s the injuries for so long,” Arians said on Tiki & Tierney. “To live with that much pain and to rehab for that long, it’s been, gosh, three to four years on and off – and mostly on. That just wears on you. This last one, I think, has worn on him to a point where he had enough.”

Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season while rehabbing from shoulder surgery, has been dealing with a calf strain since March. He suffered several grueling injuries in his career.

Luck completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 23,671 yards, 185 touchdowns and 83 interceptions in six seasons with the Colts. Only 29, he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL last season, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Is it possible Luck might return to the league next season after a mental break?

“I don’t think it’s mental for him,” Arians said. “It’s just a matter of pain. If he’s totally healthy a year from now, maybe. But knowing Andrew, when he makes decisions, they’re pretty permanent. So I wouldn’t bet on that one.”

Click below to listen to Arians' interview in its entirety.