Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is just 29 and has announced his retirement from professional football after the game against Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. It came as a surprise to press, fans and everyone as the 2019 NFL season is just two weeks away.
According to an estimate made by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, the player could be leaving on table about $450 million in future salary by ending his NFL career.
Andrew Luck started his career in professional football in 2012 and in his previous seven NFL seasons he has made more than $97 million as salary in total.
Andrew Luck announced his retirement following couple of new injuries while preparing himself for the 2019 NFL season that is set to start from first week of next month.
Indianapolis Star covered a story of the player in its Sunday edition mentioning the current highest-paid NFL players is Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who is earning $35 million annually. NFL salaries are on the rise and Andrew Luck’s next contract could be fetching him about $50 million a year.
Briefing to the press on Saturday Andrew Luck said his retirement is hardest decision of his life.
He added, “I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle… It’s a myriad of issues — calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”
Among the early retirees from NFL are former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkawski and former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber.