Luck Says Enough Is Enough
Andrew Luck announced in a press conference Yesterday that he will be retiring from the NFL, shocking the world. But this was no shock to Luck because he has been living with pain for years and it finally took a toll on him.
“I’ve been stuck in this process,” Luck said, tears welling in his eyes. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. It has taken the joy out of this game.””The only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.”
Luck has been living with pain since 2015, where he sprained his shoulder, suffered a lacerated kidney, and several pulled muscles. He had a concussion in 2016 that put him out a game. But 2017 is when the damage really took hold after Luck had shoulder surgery.
Jacoby Brissett will probably take over the reins for now, but I think Colin Kaepernick might be a good fit, he needs a job, and they need a quarterback.
Luck had three years left on the six-year extension he signed on June 29, 2016. This deal was a rework of his rookie contract and added five M’s, to total $139,151,525.
By retiring, Luck is giving up $58.125 million left on his contract: his 2019 base salary of $9.125 million and a 2019 roster bonus of $6 million that was to be paid Sept. 17; a base salary of $11 million and an $11 million roster bonus in 2020; and a base salary of $11 million and a $10 million roster bonus in 2021.(Reported by USA Today)
But Luck made over $100 million in the NFL alone, not counting all of the endorsemeny deals. As soon as he touched down in Indianapolis he made deals with Nike, Electronic Arts, and Klipsch Audio.
In 2013 Luck made a very bold business move, by giving gatorade the old stiff arm and attaching his name to Bodyarmor instead, receving equity in the company. Bodyarmor has several endorser-investors, including NFL-ers Rob Gronkowski and Lesean McCoy.
It seemed like a dumb move then, but bodyarmor has grown into one of the biggest companys in their genre, endorsing star players from every sport.
Image From drinkbodyarmor.com
Andrew also signed a multiyear agreement to endorse TD Ameritrade , which has a partnership in the NFL. And you may or may not remeber Luck in those old Direct T.V ads, that brothers Eli and Payton Manning did as well.
So Andrew Luck having to retire early is a sad story and it really sucks that we won’t be able to watch him play anymore. But now he has a chance at healing and not having to live with pain everyday of his life That’s what the Colts fans should have thought about before booing Andrew off the field for the last time. But I guess that’s life and he’s still rich.