Andrew Luck decided to do the logical intelligent thing. That’s not surprising considering he did the same thing in 2011 when he decided to stay in school at Stanford and earn his Architectural Design degree rather than be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft after his junior season.
So with Saturday’s stunning news that he would be walking away from the NFL at age 29, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the would-be future Hall of Famer made this decision. Andrew Luck is not your typical jock and he never wanted to be or has been.
The son of an NFL quarterback like Peyton Manning, both quarterbacks with once in a generation skills football skills, Luck’s personality was the opposite of the legendary quarterback who he replaced in Indianapolis. Like Manning, he saw the business basically from the cradle up. But perhaps, Luck had a different take. He saw the dark side of a pro sports life and realized there was more to life than the aches and pains of professional football.
And yet as the news broke during the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason game in Indianapolis against the Bears Saturday night, he was booed off the field in Indianapolis by the hometown fans. Not booed entirely but enough knuckleheads in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium thought it fitting to boo a guy who is choosing his own health over football.
It’s a shame, but also indicative of the culture and the issues the National Football League is facing. The game is unsafe, it’s most prominent players at the most prominent positions are brutally beat up week after week, and it just doesn’t add up anymore.
Andrew Luck chose his own personal health and the future of his family over football and for that he should be applauded.
Travis Duncan is the editor of Digital Sports Daily, contact him at email@example.com