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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announces he is retiring from football

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announces he is retiring from football

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring from football.

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Luck announced his decision to retire following the Colts’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

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“This is not an easy decision. Honestly, the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me,” Luck said during a postgame news conference. “For the last four years or so, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, and it’s been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason, and I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football.

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“…My teammates, I feel so conflicted because of my love for these men, but it is clear to me that what’s best for this team is that it doesn’t involve me.”

Advertisement Luck said he had been considering retirement for a week and a half as he battled an ankle injury that jeopardized his chances of playing in the Colts’ regular-season opener. Luck said the Colts’ front office, including general manager Chris Ballard, were supportive of his decision to retire, a choice he initially planned to announce Sunday.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that the former No. 1 overall pick has was retiring

“[This current team] makes it so difficult for me to stand up here and say I'm retired.”

Andrew Luck's press conference is live right now on CBS Sports HQ.

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CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) August 25, 2019 Andrew Luck… in conclusion. pic.twitter.com/1wrMQWrttH

— Brett Bensley (@brettbensley) August 25, 2019 Luck, 29, who sat out the 2017 season after shoulder surgery, led the Colts back to the playoffs last season with eight consecutive games of three or more touchdown passes. He finished the season with 39 touchdown passes, second only to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (50)

Indianapolis, widely considered a vogue Super Bowl pick, has the moderately experienced Jacoby Brissett as its backup quarterback. He played a full season in place of Luck in 2017, throwing 13 touchdown passes with seven interceptions

Colts quarterback gestures to the crowd after a win over the Tennessee Titans in December. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Advertisement Luck, a former Stanford star under then-coach Jim Harbaugh, was the top pick in the 2012 draft, essentially took the Colts baton from Peyton Manning, and over the next six NFL seasons absorbed more hits than any quarterback in the game