"This is certainly not how I imagined it," said Andrew Luck at the most memorable press conference in recent NFL history, "but I pulled out, it's not an easy decision, it's the hardest decision to make, but it's the right decision for me. "
more: Jameis under attack – Brady debuts
Luck explained that his injury problems were endless: "For four years, I have been in this cycle of pain, detoxification, injury, detoxification – and that has no end – I felt stuck. issue I see is to no longer play football and I enjoyed the game. "
Chance resigns: "The only way for me is to go out"
He was stuck in this process "and I could not live the life I wanted to live in. After 2016, when I was in pain and I could not exercise regularly, I could not live the life I wanted to live in. I swore I would not do it again Now, I find myself in a similar situation again and the only way for me to go out and leave this cycle. "
The ankle wound, which had been bothering him for months, he did not want to describe it as a "drop that was overflowing the barrel", "I do not know if there was such a thing". For me, it was more of a missing process. "
Colts fans boo Luck out
Luck also pointed out that his real plan was to inform his teammates after Saturday's pre-season game. And to hold a press conference Sunday afternoon.
But several NFL insiders heard about Luck's decision ahead of the Chicago Bears game; when luck left the field in Indianapolis, he was booed by his own fans,
"It hurts," admitted luck, but his gaze was fixed on his successor: "Jacoby Brissett is a great guy, he is smart and he has sharp mind, I can not wait to support him and the how does he lead this team? "
Colts chief executive Chris Ballard said Luck began talks with the team last Monday to discuss his resignation. Ballard continued: "To the people who have been booing tonight: I understand that it is an emotionally charged evening, this young man has done a lot for this city, no one has died."
On the financial side, the team could now recover a portion of the signing bonus. Luck should then pay $ 12.8 million to the Colts.