While fans of Indianapolis Colts were heard, Andrew Luck & # 39; s decision to retire on 29-year-old, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady supported his colleague's decision during a radio interview on Monday.
& # 39; It's his life, & # 39; Brady said to Boston station WEEI.
Luck announced his retirement after Sunday's practice game, although reports of his decision had already been leaked at the end of the game, so fans could hear him booing when he last walked off the field.
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While Andrew Luck (left) retires at the age of 29, Tom Brady, 42, is preparing for his 20th season
Happiness broke when he revealed that he first thought about retiring about two weeks ago after he & # 39; mentally worn out & # 39; was through a series of injuries in his career
In a press conference after the game, an emotional happiness explained that injuries had taken the joy out of the game: & # 39; The only way to see it is to stop playing football. It has taken away the joy of this game. & # 39;
Although 42-year-old Brady was able to play for two decades, he seemed to understand Luck's predicament.
& # 39; Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do, & # 39; said Brady. & # 39; He had a great career and he was a great player. Everyone wishes they can always be healthy.
& # 39; It's a contact sport and he has certainly had his share of injuries, so men retire at different times. Some at the end of the season, and I have seen many men resign before the season starts and this is just one of those examples. & # 39;
Luck's decision has created a division between fans.
Some, such as those who fascinated Luck as he left the field on Saturday, objected to his decision to retire weeks before the start of a new NFL season.
Others, such as college basketball analyst and former Doulah Gottlieb, an Oklahoma player, thought that Luck's decision reflected a perceived weakness among millennials.
Some, such as those who fascinated Luck as he left the field on Saturday, objected to his decision to retire weeks before the start of a new NFL season. Others, such as college basketball analyst and former Doulah Gottlieb, an Oklahoma player, thought that Luck's decision reflected a perceived weakness among millennials
Ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman (left), who retired after 12 NFL seasons for health reasons, punished college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb (right) on Twitter after former Oklahoma security guard said Luck & # 39; s decision & # 39; the most millennial thing ever & # 39; used to be
& # 39; Retiring because rehabilitation & # 39; is too difficult & # 39; is the most millennial thing ever, & # 39; Gottlieb wrote on Twitter.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who retired after 12 NFL seasons due to health issues, rebuked Gottlieb on Twitter.
& # 39; That is total bulls *** Doug, & # 39; wrote Aikman. & # 39; What do you qualify to decide how someone should live their life? So you are now the authority over what motivates Andrew Luck? And if his decisions do not fit what you think is best for him, do you tear him? & # 39;
With Luck's retirement, Brady not only survived his biggest rival in the former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, but also the replacement of Manning.
Happiness is pictured with his family after it was first widely drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL draft. Luck & # 39; s father Oliver (left) is a former NFL quarterback who is now an executive member of the new XFL.
The Colts got lucky with the first choice of the 2012 NFL design after 13 years and one Super Bowl victory with Manning, who then won another league title with the Denver Broncos.
When asked how he has been so sustainable, Brady pointed to a number of factors, including his personal trainer and friend, Alex Guerrero, who is known to emphasize flexibility exercises over weightlifting.
& # 39; I think it is everything, & # 39; said Brady. & # 39; There is definitely a physical element. There is definitely an emotional element. I think there is a mental element. In my opinion, everything really needs to come together to be the best version of yourself as a player, and it requires a lot of support.
& # 39; It takes many people. You see for sure, you can see me as an individual who does that. I have the support of my teammates, my coaches, my family, my friends, Alex (Guerrero), my training system. All those things really have to come together to keep performing. & # 39;
Despite his name, happiness was not as happy as Brady.
After three season-ridden seasons, Luck returned last year with a new perspective on the physical pain, mental fatigue, and emotional pain needed to keep fighting his way back. At the end of last summer he described his state of mind during continuous rehabilitation with words such as & # 39; sad & # 39 ;, & # 39; & # 39; miserable & # 39; and & # 39; scared & # 39 ;.
Luck (left) was drafted first and replaced Colts legend Peyton Manning (right) in 2012 after the first 13 seasons played in Indianapolis and won one Super Bowl
With Luck's retirement, Brady (right) not only survived his biggest rival in the former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (left), but also Manning's replacement
Last month, when the persistent pain in his left lower leg forced him out of the training field again, Luck told reporters that he promised himself after playing the shoulder pain in 2016 and missing the entire 2017 season, he would be honest with himself, his coaches , teammates and the organization about how his body felt.
At the time, Luck said he thought that even limited practices were harmful to himself and the team.
& # 39; It took a lot of courage to make a decision to run away from the race, but no matter how hard he did what his heart told him and I'm proud of him being honest with himself and the team & # 39; , said former Colts coach Chuck Pagano, now the bears' defensive coordinator. & # 39; Andrew was always about more than football. & # 39;
While some fans fascinated Luck when he left the field on Saturday night, other players supported him. They understand how dangerous and debilitating the sport can be, and therefore some quit at an earlier age.
Happiness happens to be the biggest name so far on that growing list.
& # 39; I think it takes a huge amount of courage, a huge amount of self-reflection and a lot of guts to do what he does & # 39 ;, defensive Houston end J.J. Watt said. & # 39; I'm sure people will look at it and try to say what they would do in his shoes. But the truth is that nobody is in their shoes. No one has to go through what he has been through. Nobody has experienced the rehabilitation and the injuries. … I respect it. I think it costs a lot to walk away so much money. & # 39;
Foal owner Jim Irsay (above with the quarterback on Saturday) seemed to hint that the team had been aware of Luck's upcoming retirement for longer than they did. Irsay estimated that Luck could have earned as much as $ 500 million if he had lasted as long as Brett Favre, Brady or Manning
Foal owner Jim Irsay estimates that Luck could have earned as much as $ 500 million if he had sustained it for as long as Brett Favre, Brady or Manning.
But luck was never in it for money or fame – like others who left the game on their terms and in their prime.
Barry Sanders retired at the age of 31 after winning four NFL rush titles and within the range of Walter Payton's record. At the age of 30, Calvin Johnson retired after his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. Jim Brown ran away at the age of 30 for a burgeoning film career, less than a year after winning his third and final MVP prize.
They never came back, and Luck said he doesn't expect a return, although he is young enough to do it.
Many others, such as Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Terrell Davis, were forced out due to injuries or age.
Happiness seems to be a combination of the two, largely the result of a porous offensive line that allowed the highest overall draft in 2012 to take more hits during its first five seasons than any quarterback in the league.
He was good enough to lead the Colts to playoff appearances in each of his first three seasons, orchestrating the 2014 AFC Championship game and the second-largest comeback in playoff history. And when he returned healthy last season, he took the Colts back to the playoffs and was a runaway winner in the league of the League Comeback Player of the Year.
It just wasn't enough for Luck.
& # 39; We all expect that we will play this game forever & # 39 ;, said quarterback Seattle Wilson in Seattle. & # 39; For most players, the reality is not very long. No matter how good we are, or whatever it is, there is also life after this game. I think we should always balance that and always weigh it. & # 39;
A fan holds up a sign that says: & # 39; Sat it's not true Andrew! & # 39; during Saturday night's match
Happiness is the sixth quarterback of the 11 selected in 2012 from football.
Wilson and Nick Foles, both picks in the third round that year, own Super Bowl rings. Kirk Cousins, a fourth rounder, is the starter in Minnesota.
The other two that are still there – Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill – also had promising careers derailed by injuries. Griffin, the number 2 pick who played high school football in Texas like Luck and defeated Luck for the Heisman Trophy prize 2011, is fighting for a selection in Baltimore. Tannehill, the number 8 pick, is the backup of Marcus Mariota in Tennessee.
Happiness did not want to spend more hours in the training room now that he is married and will soon be a father.
He prefers to travel all over the world, watch football, use his Stanford architectural degree to use and propose good texts for the Andrew Luck Book Club. Maybe he will come back to football someday. Or maybe he opts for a new career.
& # 39; To distance myself from this thing, I honor him. I think a lot about his family, I think a lot about his father, I think a lot about what he has brought to football and wish him all the best. & # 39; Jerry Jones, owner of Dallas Cowboys. & # 39; I hope he becomes President of the United States. & # 39;
But after throwing 171 touchdown passes and nearly 24,000 meters, Luck discovered that football was just not worth the cost.
& # 39; I'm exhausted – and pretty tired, & # 39; he said during an emotional farewell speech. & # 39; The only way is to remove myself from this cycle. & # 39;
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