Colts QB Andrew Luck retires at 29, cites frequent injuries

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Jacoby Brissett will be under center in 14 days when the Colts play the Chargers in Carson, California, and Colts brass effusively praised the 26-year-old as they prepare for Life After Luck.

Playing behind a shoddy offensive line for the majority of his career, Luck now walks away from the National Football League a beaten and bruised man.

Luck played seven seasons with the Colts, passing for 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns in his six full seasons - he missed all of one season with an injury. The Colts can thank former GM Ryan Grigson for getting Luck crushed early in his career. It's taken the joy out of this game. the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.

While some fans booed Luck as he left the field Saturday night, other players supported him.

Choking back tears while explaining the "toughest decision of my life", Luck admitted his ears picked up the reaction from the Indianapolis faithful, and his heart picked up the pain.

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On the booing, Luck said: "It hurt... it hurt".

Colts owner Jim Irsay estimates Luck could have made as much as $500 million if he lasted as long as Brett Favre, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, Luck's predecessor. Instead, he walks away with $109.107 million in career earnings. Wilson now is the highest paid quarterback at $35 million per season, and Luck would certainly have eclipsed that in his next contract. He was billed as the next great franchise quarterback. One of the top five quarterbacks in the league.

The Colts have an improved offensive line and are coming off a 2018 in which they won a wild-card playoff game before losing to the Chiefs in the divisional round. He drew high praise from general manager Chris Ballard during the press conference Saturday night.

Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is set to start for the Colts' season opener against the Chargers on September 8. And I bet I'd have a lot of company in any locker room. Even though they are confident Brissett can lead the team, there will be some big decisions to make for the 2019 season and beyond.

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