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ESPN: Andrew Luck retiring

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  • #61
    Everyoneís motor is different. We canít possibly know what Luck was feeling or what was going on in his head. But this does make one appreciate Manningís drive to play. He had his neck drilled into and still returned even though he had absolutely nothing left to prove as a QB.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Bball View Post
      "It’s lik Jim Irsay was correct when talked about that space between his ears."

      That phrase always stuck with me. I don't think Irsay's the wingnut some people think, so I think he had his finger on the pulse of the situation a little more than he was maybe given credit for.

      I don't think any of these situations are unconnected.
      I don't think they're unconnected either. I was strongly expecting he'd retire before the beginning of last season.

      He is in a bad space right now. Shows that no matter how much money you make or how much you love the game, it is grueling to play in the NFL.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by imawhat View Post

        I don't think they're unconnected either. I was strongly expecting he'd retire before the beginning of last season.

        He is in a bad space right now. Shows that no matter how much money you make or how much you love the game, it is grueling to play in the NFL.
        What is odd is last year he seemed happy as ever and rejuvenated. And then a few months later he freaking retires.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by hoosierguy View Post

          Any other fanbase would have reacted the same, and many would have been far worse. The guy quit on his team two damn weeks before the season started.
          Yeah I agree with this I find it a bit surprising given our "nice" reputation. However this was the QB that the fans were sold to replace Manning and not skip a beat. To see that he didn't live up to that unrealistic expectation and the Colts being very shady about his injuries also seeing Manning succeed elsewhere and retire with another team while his successor leaves the teams two weeks before the season began. I get the frustration.

          I think if he retired after the Chiefs game it wouldn't have been nearly as bad.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
            Everyoneís motor is different. We canít possibly know what Luck was feeling or what was going on in his head. But this does make one appreciate Manningís drive to play. He had his neck drilled into and still returned even though he had absolutely nothing left to prove as a QB.
            That's not true(about nothing left to prove) however that's the difference between the QBs that live for football and those that don't. Luck sees himself beyond football Manning didn't.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by Suaveness View Post
              It's not about the ankle. It's about every injury he's had to deal with the past few years and the toll that rehab takes on a player. He wasn't willing to keep putting himself through that year after year, and he made a decision that he would be happier if he spent more time with his family and not being miserable. He didn't quit on anyone, this is a personal choice that I respect fully. The fans who booed are selfish and ********, and there's no emotional rationale behind that. He gave what he could and that should be enough. It's a ****ing game.

              I hope they bring Luck back once to let the crowd give him a proper send off. He deserves that.

              Good thing we didn't trade Brissett.
              I think the Colts aren't as blindsided as the fans who expected Luck to be back were. There's a reason why they kept Brissett.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by Basketball Fan View Post

                That's not true(about nothing left to prove) however that's the difference between the QBs that live for football and those that don't. Luck sees himself beyond football Manning didn't.
                You know full well what I mean. Manning had already established himself as a first ballot HOFer who was a champion and easily regarded as one of the best ever. Of course he had the opportunity to tag on more to that (which he did), but itís not like he was a QB who was still trying to break into that next level (I.e. where Luck was at in his career). He had already been to the top.

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                • #68
                  Anyone who doesn't understand why fans would boo in such an upsetting moment either has a low emotional intelligence, or they're insecure about their own level of human decency and are grabbing low-hanging fruit to feel superior. Either way, their opinion sucks.

                  Speaking of sucking . . .it sure does suck being yet another team in need of a quarterback. Does anyone here have any hope of Brisett becoming a good NFL starter? Does he have it in him?

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                  • #69
                    Anyone think we can win a title with an improved roster and Brissett? If not, do we pin our hopes on the draft next year? The rest of this team has some major talent
                    Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Suaveness View Post
                      Anyone think we can win a title with an improved roster and Brissett? If not, do we pin our hopes on the draft next year? The rest of this team has some major talent
                      God no. Merely competing in the division will be a major accomplishment after this gut punch.

                      Cant imagine how the team must feel after this. Most of these guys have super short careers and rhey thought theyíd be playing alongside one of the better QBís in the NFL with a legit shot at a playoff run. It has to just be devastation in the locker room.

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post

                        You know full well what I mean. Manning had already established himself as a first ballot HOFer who was a champion and easily regarded as one of the best ever. Of course he had the opportunity to tag on more to that (which he did), but itís not like he was a QB who was still trying to break into that next level (I.e. where Luck was at in his career). He had already been to the top.

                        My point was he still heard it(only winning one ring etc even from people here I might add) and to him that's something left to prove even though yes he did reach that mountain top. Luck isn't wired that way and he's choosing to leave.

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                        • #72
                          I believe this and it explains a lot honestly....

                          https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...ment-in-march/

                          Rumors fly that Colts knew about Andrew Luckís potential retirement in March

                          As the NFL digests the bitter pill of a franchise quarterback in his prime walking away from the game, chatter has commenced regarding why Andrew Luck is quitting the NFL ó and for how long the Colts knew that it could happen.

                          Per a league source, thereís already scuttlebutt in league circles that the Colts have been aware of Luckís potential retirement since March, and that theyíve been trying to talk him out of it while also preparing to move forward with Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback.


                          Itís unclear whether the calf strain that became a high-ankle issue was a real injury or a ruse; itís possible that Luck went through the motions pending a final decision and that the injury helped him decide that it was time to walk away.

                          Regardless, while the Luck retirement is news to the rest of us (including the teamís paying customers), itís apparently not news to the Colts.

                          UPDATE 11:48 p.m. ET: The Colts contend they knew nothing about Luckís potential retirement until this week.

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Mr. Mass View Post
                            Anyone who doesn't understand why fans would boo in such an upsetting moment either has a low emotional intelligence, or they're insecure about their own level of human decency and are grabbing low-hanging fruit to feel superior. Either way, their opinion sucks.

                            Speaking of sucking . . .it sure does suck being yet another team in need of a quarterback. Does anyone here have any hope of Brisett becoming a good NFL starter? Does he have it in him?

                            I'm not going to write off Brissett just yet. We need to see what Frank will get out of him I think he'll surprise people. If Frank can't make it work then yeah cut bait and go with Chad Kelly.

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Basketball Fan View Post


                              My point was he still heard it(only winning one ring etc even from people here I might add) and to him that's something left to prove even though yes he did reach that mountain top. Luck isn't wired that way and he's choosing to leave.
                              I agree. People are wired differently. Manning wanting to keep playing in his late 30ís after his neck got cut into was clearly wired differently. Have to admire the dedication.

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                              • #75
                                I just remembered Dwayne Haskins -- projected as a top 5 or 10 pick -- was there at #27, and we gave him to the Redskins. Damn.

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