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(CNN) — Quarterback Andrew Luck, the very first pick from the 2012 NFL draft along with a four-time Pro Bowl selection, declared on Saturday night that he’s retiring.
“This isn’t an easy decision,” the Indianapolis Colts player told reporters. “For the previous four decades or so I have been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehabilitation, injury, pain, and rehab. And it has been unceasing and unrelenting… and the only real way I see is to no longer play soccer.”
Injuries had kept 29, Luck, from playing in the preseason. He had been about the Colts’ sideline Saturday during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears in street clothing. Luck was booed as he left the field, several videos shared on the internet show.
Luck said that the pain has taken away his joy for the game and he has not been able to live. He performed the 2016 season he made a vow he wouldn’t go down that street again, and stated.
He missed the 2017 season since he had been recovering from knee operation, according to the Colts site. After he returned for the 2018 year, he’d a 98.7percent passer rating, 39 touchdowns and was chosen for the 2018 Pro Bowl. Luck was awarded the AP Comeback Player of the Year that season.
However he said that because he could not put his soul to the match and his teammates short.
He said he informed his teammates before that he retired.
Luck signed a five-year, $122 million contract in 2016, based on spotrac.com. He would have made an average salary of $9.125 million in 2019 and a roster bonus.
The Colts open the season September 8.

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