The textual content of Andrew Luck’s information convention on Saturday evening, asserting his retirement after the Colts’ preseason loss to the Chicago Bears:
“This isn’t a straightforward choice. Actually, it is the toughest choice of my life. However it’s the proper choice for me. For the final 4 years or so, I have been on this cycle of damage, ache, rehab, damage, ache, rehab, and it is be unceasing, unrelenting, each in-season and offseason, and I felt caught in it. The one manner I see out is to now not play soccer.
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“I have been caught on this course of. I have never been in a position to reside the life I need to reside. Taken the enjoyment out of the sport, and after 2016, once I performed in ache and was unable to often follow, I made a vow to myself that I might not go down that path once more. I discover myself in the same scenario and the one manner ahead for me is to take away myself from soccer and this cycle that I’ve been in.
“I’ve come to the proverbial fork within the street, and I made a vow to myself that if I ever did once more, I’d select me, in a way. It’s very troublesome; I really like this group, I really like my teammates, the oldsters in our constructing, the oldsters on this constructing, the followers, the sport of soccer, and as a part of this group, as a member of this group, and due to how I really feel, I do know that I’m unable to pour my coronary heart and soul into this place, which might not solely promote myself brief however the group in the long run as nicely. And it’s unhappy, however I’ve a variety of readability on this. It’s been a troublesome course of, however my spouse, Mr. Ballard, Mr. Irsay and his household and Frank Reich have been extremely useful and supportive and I’m so grateful for them. As I advised the blokes within the locker room, it’s been the distinction of a lifetime to signify the horseshoe, the town of Indianapolis each on and off the sector. To Mr. Irsay and his household, thanks a lot, I’m so grateful to have been drafted right here. Your unwavering help has been appreciated.
“I can’t fathom one other proprietor who loves their group as a lot as you do. We really feel that as gamers, it permeates by way of the constructing, and from the second — and we talked about this earlier — from the second I arrived in Indianapolis I felt like I may very well be myself and I didn’t need to fill Peyton [Manning] — one of many greats of all time — I felt like I didn’t need to fill his footwear. And I do know that begins with the individual up high, and for that I’m very, very, very a lot appreciative.
“So many individuals to thank. I believe it’s possibly very becoming that Chuck [Pagano] was the opposing coordinator tonight, so many constructive factors and moments and such an influence on my life, and B.A. [Bruce Arians] as nicely, not right here tonight however is in Tampa, all my former coaches, nevertheless it did really feel slightly bit full circle strolling on the market tonight with the ability to give Chuck Pagano a hug. …
“There’s a variety of that guys I’ve to thank. Robert Mathis rapidly turned and can at all times be my soccer hero. I beloved taking part in with him and watching him play; he was nearly as good a teammate as I’ve ever had. Reggie Wayne, what a thrill it was to throw to him. What a thrill it was to throw to you, I thanks for the extremely constructive influence. Joe Reitz, Jack Mewhort, performed with some nice linemen, and was part of some nice quarterback rooms that helped me develop and develop into a person on this recreation. Drew Stanton and Clyde Christensen and Schotty [Brian Schottenheimer] and Scott Tolzien, particularly Matt Hasselbeck. Matt was a terrific, nice affect on me. I discovered a lot from all y’all. Lifelong mates. A lot appreciated for that.
Andrew Luck initially deliberate to announce his retirement in a information convention on Sunday, however when the information broke Saturday evening, these plans modified. Michael Conroy/AP Picture
“Becoming that I’m in my retirement press convention in an athletic shirt; I do know I look fairly ratty up right here after video games. So sorry, mother, I can’t have a greater look proper now. There are such a lot of folks within the Colts group that make it run, that possibly of us that possibly don’t learn about. Doug, Troy and the crew, Pete Ward, all people within the cafeteria, Tex and the safety workers, achieved an incredible job, all people on the scouting departments on the personnel job. Todd Vasvari and Matt Terpening picked me and a bunch of different Stanford guys up my rookie 12 months from the Indianapolis airport, took me to Jason’s Deli in Carmel for my first meal in Indianapolis as a Colt; it was superior.
“Bone physician, DB, Cary, Kyle, Marcus, Wally, all of the docs, the assistance and care has been top-notch, particularly in occasions which might be powerful, particularly whenever you’re seeing the physician or the coach. David Thornton, a easy thanks in your compassion, Matt Conti and the PR group. Matt, you’ve a thankless job, and also you do a terrific job at it.
“Our power workers, Rusty, Wealthy and Podell, I do really feel that I’m lacking folks within the constructing. So lots of you do a terrific job in so some ways, I’ll come and say thanks. You understand who you’re.
Drew Brees: “I believe I am in all probability like all people else. A bit stunned and surprised, too. We heard it after we have been on the sideline, truly — any individual had gotten wind of it in the course of the recreation. Hear, Andrew’s a good friend. I am going to change textual content messages with him now and again. So I will be reaching out to him to examine on him.”
Deshaun Watson: “It was thoughts blowing. It was one thing that in fact caught everybody off-guard. However, hey, he can management his personal future. He is a terrific participant. He is a terrific quarterback. One of many high 5 quarterbacks within the league. And he is doing it for the correct causes. For himself.”
Dak Prescott: Respect him so, a lot on the sector, off the sector. in order that’s his choice. All people’s entitled to that. …. He was one in every of my favourite gamers to observe across the league and be taught little issues from.”
Patrick Mahomes: “Realizing Andrew, he is a terrific soccer participant however he is additionally a terrific human being. I have never seen the complete (scope) of the information however I do know he will make the correct choice for himself and his household.”
“My spouse and I are so proud when folks ask us the place we’re from and we are saying Indianapolis. It’s our house; we’ve made lifelong mates. This has been an unbelievable place to make a house and develop off the sector and … Riley camps across the state. Going to the hospital. Getting an opportunity to speak with dad and mom… studying to youngsters at colleges… hanging out… kids’s museum, the fantastic issues they do there. A giant thanks to this metropolis. It’ll at all times maintain a particular place in my coronary heart.
“I suppose I’ll transition to this present group and why it makes it so troublesome to face up right here and say I’m retired. It’s a terrific group of males. It’s a terrific group of men, a bunch that makes coming to work very day very particular.
“There are issues that individuals have to know concerning the males in that locker room: They’re nice, they’re trustworthy, they’re actual, and there’s no larger fan of them than me. Chris Ballard, I’ve a lot respect and admiration for you. Have had a variety of powerful conversations. The honesty. It’s unbelievable. Frank [Reich], so considerate. So type. I’ve discovered a lot. There are occasions final 12 months I’d need to pinch myself, am I allowed to have this a lot enjoyable on a soccer area. It began with you. Nick Sirianni and Marcus Brady, the identical, gonna miss being with them on daily basis. Good folks. All the remainder of the workers. They made coming into work a pleasure, one thing I definitely, definitely will miss.
“Coming again final 12 months and taking part in, lot of individuals had quite a bit, helped me in a variety of methods, they’ll by no means know the way vital that was for me. So, so appreciative. My teammates, I really feel so conflicted due to my love, nevertheless it has develop into clear to me that that is what’s finest for this group doesn’t contain me.
“After I was a 7-year-old, my father drove me as much as Amsterdam so I may watch Adam Vinatieri kick for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. After I was in seventh grade, my father took me to the Tremendous Bowl in Houston, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winner towards the Carolina Panthers. After which, my first win as a Colt includes Adam Vinatieri kicking a game-winner towards the Minnesota Vikings.
“I stand in awe of Adam Vinatieri. He’s a terrific man and a terrific teammate. I’ll inform my grandkids I bought to play with him.
“The fellows on the O-line: Braden, Glo, Q, Haggard, Le’Raven, Boehmer and Josh and naturally Anthony. Been a pleasure to mess around. They have been an enormous a part of final 12 months being very particular for me. So grateful and appreciative to have a man like Anthony Castonzo stroll within the constructing from the day I walked in.
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“Jacoby Brissett is an superior dude. Diligent, sharp, loves soccer. I hope I can proceed to help him in numerous methods; so grateful for our friendship. On a private… coming again into the constructing, early final 12 months, I used to be very jealous and resentful of this enjoyable, glad dude that was in my spot as a quarterback on this group. I clearly didn’t have any confidence in myself, both. I clearly couldn’t have been extra fallacious in so some ways. A lifelong good friend, he means so, a lot to me. He’s an enormous a part of me, and an enormous a part of me having one of the vital rewarding years of my life final 12 months. Can’t wait to help him and see him lead this group. Excited for the way forward for the Colts, largely due to Jacoby … so many guys on offense and protection which have been a pleasure to play with. Clayton Geathers, love watching Clayton Geathers run round and play soccer. All of the working backs, Rathy, the tight ends, Eric Ebron, Mo, Jack Doyle. Jackie Jack and I’ve been by way of quite a bit collectively. I’m gonna miss him quite a bit on the soccer group.
“A lot respect and love and it runs so deep in me, and I hope they really feel that, and I do know so many guys in that locker room have had such a huge impact on my life in so some ways. And lastly, by way of guys on this group, T.Y. Hilton, I had extra enjoyable throwing the soccer to T.Y. than needs to be allowed in all probability. After I was away in 2017, for the latter half of the season, I had to determine why I wished to return again to play soccer. And I boiled merely right down to the truth that I preferred my mates and I beloved throwing the ball to T.Y. Hilton. He’s the very best soccer participant I’ve ever performed with and he’s a greater teammate than he’s a soccer participant.
“In conclusion, my of us who aren’t right here tonight, mother, dad, mare, Emily, and … (breaks up), Uncle Will, (pause)…”
(Was this information converence deliberate?) “No, I used to be going to inform my teammates after the sport and three p.m. tomorrow was the time I used to be going to inform you guys.
“I didn’t get up this morning and [decide]. Every week and a half to 2 weeks. It’s been slightly bit quick and livid and the dearth of progress on my ankle. I’m in ache. I’m nonetheless in ache. I’ve been on this cycle. It’s been 4 years of this injury-pain cycle. For me to maneuver ahead in my life the way in which I need to, it didn’t contain soccer.”
(Was the ankle damage the tipping level) “The truth is I’ve this and I’ve had this. So, I don’t learn about tipping level. The shoulder, the ankle and this and that. I don’t really feel like I’ve lived the life, I don’t really feel like I can reside the life I need shifting ahead.”
(When was his first considered retirement) “A pair weeks in the past.”
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(On the emotional toll) “I really feel fairly exhausted and fairly drained. I do know as soon as I hit the purpose the place I felt like I knew what I wanted to do and I talked to Nicole and my of us and a few shut mates and had some very troublesome conversations with Mr. Irsay, Frank and Chris, it did seem to be, in a way, a weight was lifted. It’s been tiring. I really feel drained, and never simply within the bodily sense.
“I really feel a lot readability and so grateful for the experiences and the constructive occasions that I’ve had right here.”
(Would he come again) “I can’t see the long run. However I very clearly in my thoughts see that I received’t.”
(On the ankle damage) “It’s a myriad of points. Calf pressure, posterior impingement, excessive ankle sprain. A part of my journey going ahead will probably be getting out of ache and determining the best way to really feel higher.
“This has been my private journey in soccer. All people’s journey is totally different. Over the previous week, I used to be pondering, ‘Am I going to have a bunch of resentment towards the sport or spite coming into this constructing?’ And I don’t. All I really feel is love for this recreation and love for my teammates. I do know my journey has had some ups and downs and it has taken a toll over the past 4 years and the psychological and emotional toll that that takes as nicely. I didn’t think about retiring till two weeks in the past.”
(On his final Saturday on the sector) “I had a good suggestion that it may be my final time throwing at Lucas Oil as a present member of the Colts. And I made certain to go on the market and revel in it.”
(On taking part in by way of ache) “In 2016, after that season, which I performed by way of some stuff, I made a vow to myself that I might by no means do this once more. I used to be in not a superb place and I felt that the previous week and a half, two weeks. It’s additionally an enormous a part of why I’m right here proper now.
“I by no means checked out it prefer it was me or the group. I’m a part of the group and I do my finest for the group and in addition do the very best for myself. However it’s the best group recreation on the planet. it’s really been my honor to swimsuit up subsequent to these guys. It’s a part of what makes this very, very troublesome.”
(On the followers booing) “I’d be mendacity if I didn’t say I heard the response. It damage; I’ll be trustworthy.
“I definitely really feel like I bought my honest probability. I’m grateful for each snap. The lows and the highs, all of the constructive issues that occurred on this constructing that I bought to be part of. I don’t maintain any resentment in that manner. I do really feel like I bought a good probability and I made essentially the most of these possibilities. Proper now, my journey simply doesn’t embrace soccer shifting ahead and I really feel so grateful. I’ll really feel like a Colt ceaselessly. I’m so grateful to the Irsay household and all people in that locker room who I bought to take the sector with. I perceive the suddenness and the shock behind it. I actually do. however I additionally know I’ve a lot readability about my subsequent steps shifting ahead. I’m so excited for this group and it’s a terrific group.
“I’m mates with so many guys on this locker room and we reside right here. That is our house. I’ll help the blokes.”