Andrew Luck's decision leads the most surprising retirements in National Football League history

Thursday, 29 Aug, 2019

If you figure in endorsements, some estimate that Luck's net worth is now around $115 million. Luck has missed a lot of games over the past few years because of an assortment of injuries. Oliver used to work for the NCAA and is now the commissioner of Vince McMahon's XFL. Among the top D1 offers on the table, he opted to study architecture at Stanford on an athletic scholarship.

Luck's history with injuries has been far from simple. "I hate to leave football, but I know I'm finished, and I know I can not go on this year".

What Luck's decision also does is make this a tighter race for the division title and the playoff picture even before the season begins. He has already spoken with Colts owner Jim Irsay to inform him of the retirement decision, which leaves Jacoby Brissett as the Colts' starting quarterback. Pretty good numbers for a first-year professional. Luck was clearly the biggest headliner on the Colts.

Brady, who turned 42 earlier this month, has been faced with retirement questions himself but credited his unwavering support system for keeping him going for 20 seasons. It also ranks him among Forbes' highest paid athletes in the world.

Luck is only 29 years old, but he was fully confident in his decision to step away from the game.

It's more common among great players than people may think, and it's the primary reason for such surprise announcements.

The contract he signed in 2016 spanned five years, but he chose to forego his earnings for the 2019 to 2021 seasons.

According to ESPN, Luck "is mentally worn down".

Zak Keefer of The Athletic reported that some Colts fans called the team headquarters on Monday morning, demanding refunds on the season tickets they bought. Luck did toss 18 interceptions that season, but it mattered little, the Cardinals were completely sold on Arians' ability to design an offense.

Yes, Andrew Luck may be walking away from the game leaving millions behind in future earnings, but he isn't hurting for cash, that's for sure.

National Football League quarterbacks are bankable on and off the gridiron. While playing at Stanford University, he stood out like a high-schooler among middle-schoolers, National Football League teams allegedly contemplated tanking their seasons to ensure having the first overall pick in the draft and the opportunity to select the suitably named Luck. He has earned $97 million over his seven-year career.

That same year, he signed a multi-year deal with Klipsch.

Beuerlein, who made it to the Pro Bowl as a member of the Carolina Panthers in 1999 and who won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, wrote in a series of tweets that he took issue with Luck's timing.