Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck, the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, unexpectedly retired three years ago tonight. After seven seasons in the NFL, during which he showed flashes of brilliance but also battled ailments, Luck decided to retire from football less than three months before turning 30.

Since then, rumors of a comeback effort have surfaced now and again, but the former first overall pick has never gone anywhere near making a real comeback. Due to the fact that today marks the third anniversary of Luck’s shocking statement, many in the NFL community have expressed their admiration for him.

Colts fans, in particular, may find it difficult to ignore Luck’s career and the question “what if?” he had continued playing. Still, one’s health must always come first. Let’s hope that Luck’s life beyond football is everything he hoped it would be.

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Career

Andrew Luck

Luck led the Colts to five consecutive victories. He has 156 passing yards and four touchdowns in a 37-5 Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills. The next two games he started in, both wins, he threw for three touchdowns through the air. With a 143.8 passer rating, Luck led the Colts to a 38-10 victory over the Titans in Week 11.

He threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns on 23 of 29 passing. Luck extended his streak of games with at least three passing touchdowns to eight in a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 12.

This was Luck’s 21st fourth-quarter comeback of his career, and it came in Week 16 when he led a comeback against the New York Giants that saw his team behind by double digits before tossing the game-winning touchdown pass to Chester Rogers with 55 seconds remaining.

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The victory set up a crucial meeting against the Titans the following week, where the Colts may potentially secure a Wild Card playoff berth with a victory. Luck also broke the record for most passes completed in a season, which he had previously established in 2014 with 380. After beating the Titans, the Colts finished the season 9–0 and qualified for the postseason as the AFC Wild Card champions.

To sum up his first season back from injury, Luck threw for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. The Colts, led by Luck, defeated the AFC South champion Houston Texans 21-7 in the Wild Card Round. Luck threw for 222 yards, 2 scores, and 1 interception in the win. To advance to the next round, the Colts have to defeat the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs in a Divisional Playoff Game.

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