Over the weekend the news of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck deciding to retired at age 29 sent shockwaves across the NFL landscape and through NFL fanbases. The news broke late Saturday evening, and I’m sure like many, I thought someone had hacked the ESPN alert system and had to check the Adam Schefter tweet about 15 times to make sure it wasn’t a fake.
On Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was asked about his reaction to the shocking news.
“I know his dad, and I know how difficult it is. I know how difficult this game is and I know how great of a competitor he is,” Marrone said about the Luck retirement. “I felt [that] it was unfortunate that injuries take a part of it and I’m sure it must have been very, very difficult for him. Just a loss for the game.”
The news comes as two fold, in that it’s great news for the Jaguars and the AFC South division race. The Colts go from having the best quarterback in the division to arguably the worst, depending on how you feel about Marcus Mariota. I’ve long been a fan of Jacoby Brissett and he’s too good for the Colts to go like 2-14 and have one of the top picks in the draft, but I’m not sure if he’s good enough for the Colts to go more than 8-8, so the Colts could end up in the dreaded quarterback purgatory area.
On the other side of the coin, it’s another reality hit to that football players may be smartening up and thinking about their long term health more so than they have in the past. Luck isn’t the first and I don’t think he will be the last of players who realize they don’t need to do this forever and sacrifice their bodies to the point of being ground up. I think we will start seeing more and more players getting their first big second contract and then calling it a career.