Since his sudden retirement from the NFL a few years ago, Andrew Luck has been completely off the grid, showing in no way that he is even thinking about football.
It was nearly a year and a half ago when the Indianapolis Colts quarterback shocked the sports world with his early retirement. Luck was just a few weeks shy of turning 30 and had played in just six NFL seasons when he made the decision to step away from the game.
“I sometimes wonder if that was just a bad dream I had,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in an interview with NFL Media on Tuesday to reflect upon the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death “It’s just very, very, very difficult.”
If Luck were to resume his NFL career, Indy would retain his rights for two seasons under the terms of his existing contract.
Irsay was asked about the potential of Luck coming back, but it was fairly pessimistic.
“I mean, anything’s possible, and he’s still friends with the organization, and we all still have contact with him,” Irsay said. “Some of the guys, like (left tackle) Anthony Castonzo or T.Y. know a lot more than some of the newer guys. But look, he was a great player and everyone has to go down the path they think is right for them and their family, and you always respect that.
“So, I love Andrew, I wish him well. He’s raising his daughter, Lucy, and I just hope for him to have an incredible life and that sort of thing. But I don’t see it coming back around. If it did, then great, that’d be a great story. You know, Jordan was gone for two years and then back.
“But it seems a lot longer. I can’t personally believe that it’s only a year and a half ago that it happened. I mean, it seems like five years ago, it really does … a long time ago. So I don’t really see that being a possibility, but you never know.”
Luck was 53-33 as a starter and completed 60.8% of his passes for 23,671 yards with 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions in six seasons played.
He was also a four-time Pro-Bowler and the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.