Stanford legend Andrew Luck retires from National Football League after six seasons

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He came into the league as the No. 1 pick in 2012 with the reputation as a football prodigy, and he was every bit as good as advertised. He eschewed endorsement deals in his rookie season, the better to focus on his transition on the field.

But as he stood in front of the media at Lucas Oil Stadium with an ankle that was likely throbbing with pain and a body that has been through injuries that would come straight out of a Deadpool comic book, Luck proved his decision to retire was anything but cowardly. When he passed up the National Football League draft his junior year, already a penciled-in first overall selection, many saw it as a surprise. Luck wasn't one for false bravado and he wasn't going to indulge our wishful thinking about what pain does to players in their private moments.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay paid tribute to Andrew Luck following the quarterback's stunning retirement on Saturday, but he also left the door open for the star pivot to change his mind.

"It's been four years of this injury-pain rehab cycle, I can't live the life I want to live moving forward". It was completely unexpected and he fought back tears during his press conference, showing this was not an easy decision for the Colts quarterback to make.

"It's taken my joy of this game away", he said. "I haven't been able to live the life I wanted to live".

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Who can fault him for that? In fact, based off their performance against the Miami Dolphins, fans have begun to wonder if the Jags' defense is now the best overall unit in the AFC South with the Colts' offense taking a hit. Luck admitted that it hurt to hear the boos. But it is the right decision for me.

Late Saturday night, Luck broke the news of his retirement to the masses.

ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote Saturday night that ESPN had been contacted by a source that Luck was stepping down. Previous year he admitted he suffered another shoulder injury while snowboarding in late 2016. He was in a dark place mentally when he tried to play through things before and he said he vowed that if he ever got into that situation again, he would not do it.

"I've seen more doctors than I can count on two hands over the past two or three years", Luck said last year.

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