The big news of the NFL preseason broke Aug. 24 that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring from football.
It seemed every fan of the league instantaneously took to social media to voice their opinion.
Some were idiotic, such as FS1 commentator Doug Gottlieb who tweeted: “Retiring cause rehabbing is ‘too hard’ is the most millennial thing ever. #AndrewLuck”
He got blasted by the sports media and deservingly so.
There are people that are probably burning Luck jerseys in Indianapolis this morning and let them go ahead with that practice that I’ve never understood.
If it’s anything, it’s bad timing with the season less than two weeks from starting and the Colts now in need of a quarterback. Backup Jacoby Brissett isn’t the worst option.
But there has been bad timing before. Former Lions running back Barry Sanders famously walked away win the prime of his career. So did Viking running back Robert Smith and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. John Elway didn’t exactly look washed up when he retired after leading the Broncos to another Super Bowl title.
But we’re so quick to judge, and especially from behind the keyboard, when we don’t know what’s really going on and he doesn’t owe you or I an explanation, although he gave one anyway.
Luck is married and about to have a baby. He’s had ankle problems and missed all of 2017 after shoulder surgery. In his press conference, Luck said he was tired, worn down physically and emotionally.
So, let him go.
He made a ton of money, although Colts owner Jim Irsay said he could potentially be walking away from upwards of $450 million if he played until age 38 or 39.
But that’s a decade away, and Luck has decided he wants out now.
If you’re a Colts fan, mourn for a week or two. If you drafted Luck in fantasy football, drop him and pick someone else up.
Luck has moved on from football, and we should move on from blasting him for a decision we know nothing about.