Before the Dallas Cowboys even finished their preseason game on Saturday night the NFL world was shocked by one of the most abrupt retirements we’ve seen in some time. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck decided to call it a career at the age of 29.
There were other preseason games going on while this was happening, including the one that the Colts were playing in. In the day and age of today’s media, news spread around the world fairly quickly of Luck’s decision to cease playing football professionally. Various NFL players spoke about it either in the media or on their own social platforms once they had an opportunity to do so.
This included a few Cowboys, as well as Jerry Jones. The Cowboys owner wished Luck well and offered his own personal hope for Luck’s future conquests.
Jerry Jones on Andrew Luck’s retirement: “you’ve almost got to be overly committed in football because you get so many no’s” talked of his immense respect for him, wished him nothing but the best before adding “ I hope he becomes the President of the United States”— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 25, 2019
Jerry wasn’t the only person to comment on Luck. The quarterback of the Cowboys offered his words on what his Indianapolis counterpart had decided and in true Dak Prescott fashion, he kept it professional.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on Andrew Luck: “Hell of a player and hell of a guy.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) August 25, 2019
“I don’t think it’s fair for any of us to make any opinions on what he has going on.” pic.twitter.com/reEtV5SWrf
Of course, Jason Garrett offered his thoughts on the matter. Garrett is a pretty reflective person in the right circumstances and at his core he’s a gigantic lover of football. To see someone as talented as Andrew Luck retire obviously struck him.
Jason Garrett said it was "stunning" to learn about the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. he got to know Luck through the Pro Bowl over the years and had known his father, Oliver, for years. "I hold him in the highest regard," Garrett said, adding his disappointment to not be...— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 25, 2019
This news was obviously very shocking to all football fans which includes fans of the Indianapolis Colts. As mentioned, the Colts were literally playing a preseason game as this news trickled out which made for an awkward situation.
Obviously fans at the Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium learned of the Luck news and when the team trotted off the field at the game’s conclusion, they let him have it. Here’s a video of Colts fans booing one of the greatest players in their organization’s history as he walks off of the field one last time.
Colts fans, super classy pic.twitter.com/x719rf046D— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 25, 2019
It was this particular thing that sparked a lot of reaction from current and former NFL players. Among these were two Cowboys secondary members, Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones, who found what Colts fans did to be appalling.
Fans... we are human. I know you love your teams, but try to understand someone’s story. I feel bad for Andrew Luck who’s done more than any of us can imagine to get healthy, getting booed at his home crowd— Chido (@ChidobeAwuzie) August 25, 2019
This is truly disgusting https://t.co/y1FRFAnwLU— Byron Jones (@Byron31Jump) August 25, 2019
There are a lot of shocking things that happen in the NFL but this isn’t something that is a regular occurrence. This truly took the football world by storm and significantly affects the 2019 regular season that begins just two weeks from now, especially from the opponent that Dallas had on Saturday night, the Houston Texans.
All the best to Andrew Luck. May he find peace and happiness in whatever he does in his post-football life. He was a pleasure to watch.