Why did Andrew Luck retire? Colts QB’s decision to end NFL career, explained

first_imgAt some point in the middle of August, Andrew Luck decided enough was enough. He was in pain yet again, and this time, the agony was not ceasing. He told Colts owner Jim Irsay and team officials he needed to retire from football in order to live the life he wants to live, a life without this kind of suffering.During the Colts’ Week 3 preseason game against the Bears, ESPN broke news of Luck’s retirement. The announcement came ahead of schedule; Luck had planned to explain his decision to the team after the Chicago game and address media the following day. Everything was accelerated once word of Luck’s retirement spread throughout Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck’s body simply would not allow it. He made roughly $97 million in seven years with the Colts, and the fact that he was scheduled to earn another $24 million over the next two years (plus more in a possible extension) further proves the difficulty of his decision.Below is Luck’s full press conference from late August, when he explained his retirement and fielded questions about the timing. In six seasons with the Colts, Luck compiled 23,671 passing yards, 171 passing touchdowns, 1,590 rushing yards and another 14 scores on the ground. That doesn’t include his numbers in the playoffs, where he led Indianapolis to four wins and, in 2014, a trip to the AFC championship game. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2018 NFL comeback player of the year.Luck’s football story, though, can’t be told without the injuries that ultimately led to his retirement in 2019.Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:» Torn cartilage in 2 ribs» partially torn abdomen» a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood» at least 1 concussion» a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder» and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 25, 2019After Luck’s retirement became public, the level of shock that permeated throughout the NFL was on the level of the shock many felt when the likes of Barry Sanders, Jim Brown and Calvin Johnson retired. He had two years left on the five-year contract he signed in 2016, and there was little reason to believe he wouldn’t play out that deal with Indianapolis while earning himself another extension.MORE: Jim Irsay talks possible Luck returncenter_img MORE: Andrew Luck’s career by the numbersLuck, 29, retired after playing six NFL seasons in seven years. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, and he did that after playing the entire 2016 season through pain.As it turns out, that 2016 season planted the seed for Luck’s premature retirement. After that year, Luck told himself he would never put himself in another situation that would jeopardize his long-term health — a situation he found himself managing over the summer.Luck was dealing with a mysterious ankle injury — “a myriad of issues,” as he says — that was not improving. He was stuck in a cycle of injury, pain and rehab, and he figured retirement was the only way out of that cycle.Here is Luck’s full explanation of his retirement:”This is not an easy decision. Honestly it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”For the last four years or so I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab; injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in-season and offseason. I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away.  I’ve been stuck in this process.”I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. And after 2016 when I played in pain and was unable to really practice, I made a vow to myself that I would not go down that path again. I find myself in a similar situation. The only way forward for me is remove myself from football and this cycle that I’ve been in. I made a vow to myself that if I ever did again, I would choose me in this sense.”It’s very difficult. I love this team. I love my teammates, the folks in our building, the fans, the game of football. And as part of this team, and because of how I feel I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position. Which would not only sell myself short, but the team in the end, as well.”And its sad. But I also have a lot of clarity in this. It’s been a difficult process.”last_img read more

Alaska Highway Closure – explanation

first_img [asset|aid=675|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Passarell-Trailer-3_1_Pub.mp3] That was confirmed by the Ministry’s district manager Renee Mounteney. [asset|aid=676|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Mounteney-1_1_Pub.mp3] She also confirmed there was some delay in trying to find a truck in which to put the cargo.Passarell says the department of transportation is always involved when a highway has to be closed, and in this case, ministry staff did assist in rerouting traffic. [asset|aid=674|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Passarell-Trailer-2_1_Pub.mp3] She adds the RCMP did have to co-ordinate various agencies involved in the clean up (i.e. CBSA, M of Transport, the Trucking Company, etc), but as most of the rerouting was officiated by the Ministry of Transportation, RCMP members weren’t taken away from other duties all day long.Advertisement A little more information has come to light on the trailor crash, that caused the Alaska Highway at the Baldonnel underpass to be closed for almost a full day.If you recall, the closure began on Monday evening at around 10 o’clock, when the trailer went off the road, overcorrected, and ended up on its side.The road was reopened yesterday at about 7:20 pm, although there had been several detour options available to motorists passing through.- Advertisement -We are now finding out the trailer was an American Transporter heading from the lower 48 to Alaska. As the truck had no stops scheduled within Canada, it had a seal placed on it by the Canadian Border Services Agency.RCMP Constable Jackelynn Passarell explains. [asset|aid=673|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Passarell-Trailer-1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal scrap Ramsey contract talks, star set to leave for free next summer

first_img Aaron Ramsey has featured in all six of Arsenal’s Premier League games this season 2 2 But, as first reported by the Daily Mirror, discussions have now broken down and Arsenal will allow the 27-year-old to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.It’s a hugely surprising move by Arsenal, given Ramsey has been a vital player for the club since his arrival from Cardiff in 2008.The Welshman has made 335 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 58 goals, and has lifted three FA Cups during his time in north London.He was named player of the year for 2017/18, the second time he has collected the accolade, in what was Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge. Aaron Ramsey is poised to leave Arsenal for nothing at the end of the season.The Welsh midfield ace is out of contract next summer and he has been in talks for a number of months over a new deal. Wenger’s replacement Unai Emery has spoken positively about Ramsey since taking charge in May.The Spaniard described Ramsey as an “important player” in August and suggested he could be a future captain of the club.But it appears as though his time at Arsenal is now approaching an end, with Arsenal taking the offer to extend his stay off the table.Ramsey – named in UEFA’s team of Euro 2016 after playing a key role in Wales’ historic run to the semi-finals – will not be short of suitors.Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for him in the past and the fact he is set to be available for nothing will alert numerous other clubs. Aaron Ramsey has twice scored winning goals in an FA Cup final for the Arsenal last_img read more