Breaking News: Andrew Luck to retire

Brad Wright
August 24, 2019 - 9:37 pm

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has made the shocking decision to retire from the NFL.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news, while Luck addressed his decision publicly on Saturday.

Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019

A press conference is scheduled for Sunday to make the announcement official.

The 29-year-old quarterback met with the Colts owner to tell him of his decision and then publicly spoke about it after Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears, citing the injury pain and toll it has taken on him mentally over the last several seasons.

"This is not an easy decision," he said,. "Honestly, it's the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me."

"I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position. ... it's sad, but I also have a lot of clarity in this."Andrew Luck speaks on his retirement from the NFL. (via @rtv6)

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 25, 2019

Injuries have plagued the Pro Bowl QB this year through training camp, with a high-ankle injury to his left leg, and throughout his career.

In 2017, Luck missed the entire season with a torn labrum that required surgery to repair.

"I've been stuck in this process. I haven't been able to live the life I want to live," he said. "It's taken the joy out of this game ... The only way forward for me is to remove myself from football."

Fans were even booing Luck as he walked off the field from Saturday's game after news had leaked while the game was going on.

"It hurt," he said. "It hurt."

Luck said that he had planned to tell his teammates after the game, and then make it public on Sunday, but things changed.

Jacoby Brissett will likely be the starter for the Colts in Week 1 when they open up the season against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Luck finishes his career as a four-time Pro Bowler and took the Colts to the postseason four times, including two AFC Championship games.