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Pat McAfee Reacts To Andrew Luck Finally Explaining Why He Retired 3 Years After

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  • Barbell_Rehab
    Barbell_Rehab 2 ай бұрын +2031

    Sounds like he chose life and fatherhood over football and for that I commend him. Conflict will always exist when you are so excellent at a field but if that field endangers your personal life you must make a choice. It also helps he's very well educated and holds a degree from Stanford. I wish him the absolute best and he's a slayer of my chiefs forever.

    • Matthew Bowlen
      Matthew Bowlen Ай бұрын +1

      Very well spoke

    • Justin Smith. PYRO
      Justin Smith. PYRO Ай бұрын +1

      As a lifelong Patriots fan of 40+ year's. I commend him for his decision. Much respect to Andrew for choosing family over football. He made his money so he can support his family, and still be healthy for them as well. It blew my mind when he retired so early in his career but definitely the better choice.

    • W
      W Ай бұрын

      @Sk8erboysweet333 You literally just explain it to yourself. He put in his time and body. Just because its not to your satisfaction doesn't mean he didn't do anything. They told him to keep the money therefore he earned it. If he didn't earn it they wouldn't have said keep the money

    • Jay Thomas
      Jay Thomas Ай бұрын

      @Debra Congram I'm sure most kids would love to have their father around more often than not most of the time ppl quit is to be healthy for their families the NFL is not everything it's a game at the end of the day

    • deebocj
      deebocj Ай бұрын

      Luck was the real deal!

  • Seth Young
    Seth Young 2 ай бұрын +579

    Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, and Andrew Luck gotta applaud them. All were on paths to potentially go down as the best to ever do it at their position and all of them chose their own health and happiness over the sport. Nothing but respect.

    • joshua wells
      joshua wells Ай бұрын

      @The Big Whoop Jim not John

    • Pebble
      Pebble Ай бұрын

      @jon snipe Oh man, you must not have watched Andrew Luck play to say he didn’t have potential to be one of the greatest QBs 😂

    • Jordan Cave
      Jordan Cave Ай бұрын

      Dude to say Luck was on the path to potentially be the greatest QB ever is absolutely insane lol especially when Brady(the actual GOAT) Molly whopped him by like 30+ MULTIPLE times in the playoffs…the closest he got to winning it all was a complete one sided blowout in the conference game so say he was on track to win 3+ superbowls which is what you HAVE to be implying if we are talking about having any case at all to be the GOAT also dude had 0 MVPs so he was on track to have 0 super bowls 0 MVPs and a bunch of blowout playoff losses…he wasn’t even on track for top 10. Doesn’t mean he couldn’t have ended up there but to say he was on that path is just objectively wrong

    • Ryan Obit
      Ryan Obit Ай бұрын

      Maybe he to 80million and left the click bait happy world. He never has to deal with the craziness ever again and live happily ever after. The end. " Oh yeah"football is scripted and not real.

    • Matt Geiger
      Matt Geiger Ай бұрын

      @John Andrew Luck is not a Hall of Famer, who are you putting him ahead of? Matthew Stafford, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, even Matt Ryan could possibly be a Hall of Famer. Unfortunately there's just too many good quarterbacks

  • Steve Neville
    Steve Neville 2 ай бұрын +35

    Luck was always so fun to watch. I will never forget being at the 2014 playoff game vs the Chiefs, it was a masterpiece. 38-10 some 76 seconds into the third quarter before Luck did the near-impossible: He led them to a 45-44 victory! Lucas oil was shaking downtown. I miss watching him play. No one has come close since

    • Jose Billy B.A.
      Jose Billy B.A. Ай бұрын

      I'm a long time Pats fan but you guys D that 2nd half gets no credit

    • Jacob Montgomery
      Jacob Montgomery Ай бұрын +1

      Dude me too! Best game I will ever have been at. Like I can’t tell the future but nothing is beating that gams

  • Sterling
    Sterling 2 ай бұрын +128

    Andrew Luck also performed in a tough era of college football. He seems like an amazing dude highly intelligent and with a conscience of an angel.

  • Scott Whitehead
    Scott Whitehead 2 ай бұрын +19

    As a Colts fan I very selfishly miss having Andrew Luck as our QB over the past 3-4 years, but I completely respect his decision. He made one of the most difficult decisions imaginable on a very public stage, certainly knowing he would receive intense criticism and scrutiny. I read the article, and it is a good and illuminating one. I hope he finds purpose and peace. He deserves that as much as anyone.

    • Ced Morrow
      Ced Morrow 2 ай бұрын +2

      Titans fan here I'm glad he's home with his family

  • Kenneth Smith
    Kenneth Smith 2 ай бұрын +44

    Pat hit it on the head. For a job that demands so much out of a person that the person literally shapes their identity around it, to contemplate leaving, especially in what seems to be, finally, a successful career, is practically unthinkable. I think, with all the issues surrounding him in his career, both on the field and at home, he was faced with a similar choice as Brady’s, except I think the clock ran out much sooner for him than it did for Brady.
    Luck, probably being as introspective as he is, found himself weighing the pros and cons of continuing his football career. The problem being each choice comes with a tremendous sacrifice: the decision to leave football, which requires giving up untold fame, fortune, and a good part of his identity as a football player; and the decision to remain in the league, which requires sacrifice not only of him, but of his family as well, both in time and commitment, something of which they know they can’t necessarily get back.
    What’s the right decision? IS there a “right” decision? Ultimately I think we can agree Luck made the best decision for himself and his family in the long run, and, unlike many players, he had ready options to still pursue a lucrative career that didn’t require the same kind of sacrifice to his personal and home life.
    But even so, it doesn’t mean he won’t wonder from time to time what could have been.

    • Brennan Goldman
      Brennan Goldman Ай бұрын

      In the excerpt they read he says he doesn't know or will ever know if he made the right choice, but that he made his choice and is happy living life past football

    • Zilzalag
      Zilzalag 2 ай бұрын +2

      Id say the amount of hits he was taking led to the clock running out. His wife was likely concerned for his health in 20, 30 years.

  • Seneca Music
    Seneca Music 2 ай бұрын +5

    The problem with Andrew Luck was always that he was too smart to play football. He was great, at times transcendent, but he always knew he could do anything else, and had plenty of other passions and interests, and that fire to win a championship is both necessary but also fundamentally a foolish aspiration. I wasn't a huge fan of the way he did it in terms of timing, but I can't say I was surprised.

  • WarDaddyShadow
    WarDaddyShadow 2 ай бұрын +41

    Man Luck was my hero. Had no regrets as a Colts fan having him as our QB. Praised him through the roof. Still Rock his Jersey #12 always will.

    • Shane S
      Shane S Ай бұрын

      He was your hero… 😂

    • marcyfan
      marcyfan Ай бұрын

      i worked with someone whose family worked for the colts and she went to the super bowl as a result. i imagined how happy she must have been to get andrew luck and how sad she and many others were to not have him. my cousin is the spitting image of andrew and turned 21 today. i called him today, wished him a happy b-day and wondered if he and his grandmother watched videos i told them about years ago saying "he looks like the great and retired andrew luck".

    • End of Quote Repeat the Line
      End of Quote Repeat the Line 2 ай бұрын +2

      Dude, you need better heroes…

    • jon snipe
      jon snipe 2 ай бұрын +1

      Wait why was he your hero🤣🤣

    BENTIVOGLIO Ай бұрын +5

    I haven't missed a Colts game in 20+ years 💙 I miss watching Andrew play and lead the team 😔 He was the complete package, on and off the field.

  • Adam Williamson
    Adam Williamson 2 ай бұрын +5

    I’ve been a Colts Fan forever…. Through the ups and down I’ve always stayed true to the blue. I thought after losing Peyton there’s no way in Hell we’ll ever find someone at least half as good as him. Then I saw Andrew and boy I was never so excited to watch football I’m so many years. My goodness he was such a breath of fresh air to my football life. I knew with him we’d win at least 3 SuperBowls easily. Then that day came and I swear I’ve never cried about a athlete until that very day. The First Jersey I ever owned was his.

  • J
    J 2 ай бұрын

    I honestly respect Andrew for leaving. As a fan, I sincerely miss watching him play. He was amazing to watch. That being said, if him continuing to play would have resulted in him being miserable then I think it's safe to say it would have impacted him on and off the field. I know when I have to do work odd shifts or major amounts of overtime that it makes my home life miserable and that in turn has an impact on the work I do. I respect him because he had enough self-awareness to see the conflict, spend time to understand it, and then make a decision that would resolve the internal conflict he had been struggling with, and it would have been a very hard decision given that he spent a long time and put in enormous effort getting to the point he was at. It really sucked to see him walk away, but I'd rather see someone be happy and find a healthy balance in their life than continue being miserable. I'd like to hope that maybe one day I can buy Andrew a beer as a small thank you for all he went through while playing for the Colts.

  • ThePlyrMava
    ThePlyrMava 2 ай бұрын +82

    The entire article on Luck was a really good read. I really appreciated that piece to start my day, glad to know Luck is living a life he wants to live.
    For Pat and others:
    Luck fell out of love with the game. He lost his ability to enjoy living as he was going through the constant cycle of getting injured, recovery, and injury again. When guys identity was centered around being a QB, he felt trapped.
    He hated retiring, but he knew it was the right thing to do. Now he's living the most of what he has.

    • joseph Henry
      joseph Henry Ай бұрын

      @AllUpOns yeah that’s what I keep hearing he had to be someone he’s not and he didn’t know how to be so. That’s why he became very controlling, a little insensitive. While you look at someone like a dak, josh Allen, mahomes they’re natural leaders so they know when to lead and when to just lay back. Luck didn’t so he started practicing it off the field.

    • AllUpOns
      AllUpOns Ай бұрын +6

      My impression from the article is not that he ever lost his love for the game itself. Rather he couldn't justify the personality he had to take on to be a franchise NFL quarterback. Basically, he had to be an asshole, and it came out in weird ways like brazenly ordering food for everybody at restaurants. When he went to Holland for recovery, his trainer/therapist started to question and push back on this behavior. The problem is, that behavior was fundamentally linked in Luck's mind with being an NFL QB, and once he decided he didn't want to be that guy anymore, he had to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
      Ironically, Pat's intuition is pretty much in line with the article that he didn't read.

  • Keith Hankins
    Keith Hankins 2 ай бұрын +4

    When I saw Luck okay those first three games, I was sold. It was undeniable the guy was world -class level talent. I really hated to see him go. But he doesn't owe us anything over his family and himself and their future. Tip of the hat to Andrew.

  • Roulé
    Roulé 2 ай бұрын +233

    I still remember his playoff run in his rookie season. He picked up the fumble and made a crucial td. Dude was tough as nail and just solid man overall, not just as a player.

    • Joshua Kessler
      Joshua Kessler 2 ай бұрын +3

      @Cody Mcallister Thank you, idk how Pat forgot that. 11-5 and losing to the eventual super bowl champs isn't a bad rookie season but Pat has his years mixed up.

    • scericabauer
      scericabauer 2 ай бұрын

      @Morgan Yup, one of many bad playoff memories.

    • Jason Allen
      Jason Allen 2 ай бұрын +2

      No you don't they lost to the Ravens his rookie year. The fumble was against the Chiefs...in 2013...his second year.
      They made the AFC Title game in 2014.....his 3rd year.
      Can you and Pat really not remember 10 years ago?

    • Morgan
      Morgan 2 ай бұрын +1

      @scericabauery’all were up 38-10…..

    • scericabauer
      scericabauer 2 ай бұрын +2

      Chiefs fan here. Fumble converted to a TD was definitely against chiefs while several on the Chiefs D stood and watched like they couldn't believe he was doing it.

  • James Hanley
    James Hanley 2 ай бұрын +5

    I was on the last half of my 40 minute lunchbreak when i started reading the article, didnt realize i didnt have enough time to finish. Have to read it again on my next break. Such a great read and eye opening
    One of the biggest takeaways that theyre missing is that he hated that he had to have this mentality of being that guy. He didnt want to seem weak to anyone including coaching staff and his girlfriend. Thats why they kept dicking us around ,before he retired, about his injuries. Because he wouldnt talk about his pain

    • Jason Allen
      Jason Allen 2 ай бұрын +1

      The Colts (like all NFL teams) don’t talk about injuries. It wasn’t just Luck. The year Manning missed they never said how serious it was either.

  • Hawaiian Times
    Hawaiian Times 2 ай бұрын +3

    I’m a bears fan but can honestly say this is one big reason that Aaron Rogers is so good for so long. He’s has absolutely no big distractions for him to be one of the best QBs today.
    I wish Mr Andrew Luck all the best for his life after football. Go enjoy your children, wife and family young sir.

  • Danny Rodriguez
    Danny Rodriguez 2 ай бұрын +9

    There is literally an article written about Luck's thought process and we're listening to three guys that didn't read the article and one guy that read most of it for answers...freaking hilarious!

    • Tylr Vncnt
      Tylr Vncnt 5 күн бұрын

      I mean tbf 2 of em were literally teammates of his at one point in time so there’s that at least

  • Seve Garza
    Seve Garza 2 ай бұрын +1

    I saw Andrew in person when he played against Oregon State his senior year. I can confirm that he is a really big strong guy. I had seen a lot of pictures and video of him at the time becase he was a heisman frontrunner at that point, but man he looks much bigger in person.

  • Ren S
    Ren S Ай бұрын +1

    Andrew Luck had the best footwork and technique I have ever seen from a QB. His 3 step, 5 step, 7 step drop back and his ability to throw on the run was an art form. He was so good at it that the Colts always made him do it despite having a terrible oline for the first few years. Grigson and Pep Hamilton ruined him with their terrible team building and archaic offense. Just imagine if he came out in 2013 and was paired up with Andy Reid? Wow that would had been a special pairing.

  • Matt Morton
    Matt Morton Ай бұрын

    Good perspective on how challenging it is for athletes to move on from their respective sports lives. Whether on their terms or not, it’s a major transition and disruption to everything they’ve (in most cases) ever known.
    Another tough story similar to Andrew Luck’s was Greg Cook’s (Bengals first round pick in ‘69, 5th overall). Cook grew up 2 hours from Cincinnati (Chillicothe, OH) and was a standout and HOFer at UCincy. NFL Films had a nice short feature on Cook’s story. Bill Walsh said he was the most talented QB he ever coached (even after having HOFers Montana and Young).
    Wishing Luck the best. He made the game better - both during, and now after he’s stepped away, by sharing his story for other athletes going through what he did.

  • Ed Novy
    Ed Novy 2 ай бұрын +3

    Excellent take on this Pat & Crew! Nothing but respect for Andrew, not only for his football greatness but as a man, making that difficult decision to walk away so that he could be there for his wife & future family AND that he'll be healthier for it years from now. It could not have been easy. Great that he's happy and living his life on his terms with his family

  • wingsandstrings
    wingsandstrings 2 ай бұрын +2

    Andrew luck was my favorite player to ever step foot on a field . He made watching football one the most entertaining things I’ve ever seen. Pains me that it was so short lived as a colts fan. I just wasn’t prepared for it. Bc we’ve not been able to ever recover from it. But he did the right thing. I just wish he realized it a little sooner

    • Jeff Smith
      Jeff Smith 2 ай бұрын

      Right. Nobody blames him for quitting for the reasons he finally shared. The issue was WHEN he walked away...just before the start of the season giving the team and his teammates no ability to prepare/adjust. With that said, the Colts still have not solved the QB situation so maybe they could not have even if he had given them more notice. Still wish him the best and I hope he makes the world a better place in whatever he does.

  • Superduty F350
    Superduty F350 2 ай бұрын +393

    It definitely still sucks that he retired. Definitely was a special guy but very happy that he’s doing good. Guy deserves it

    • Remy Barton
      Remy Barton 2 ай бұрын

      @Melissa A lmao

    • thegreat one
      thegreat one 2 ай бұрын

      They had an alright after year with rivers too they were just late to give him a decent line

    • Superduty F350
      Superduty F350 2 ай бұрын +4

      @wesley thompson imagine coming onto KZclip and make multiple comments that “Andrew luck is a quitter” and thinking it’s a popular opinion 😂

    • wesley thompson
      wesley thompson 2 ай бұрын +1

      The guy wasn't special he was and still is a quitter

    • Andy Holstein
      Andy Holstein 2 ай бұрын +3

      He was one of the few smart enough to make the right call for his family. I couldn't imagine being too hurt to play with my children either.

  • BN
    BN 2 ай бұрын +2

    I listened to this on 2x speed one time. He's saying that he explored those future, hypothetical scenarios in his mind in an attempt to determine the most fulfilling course of action. Ultimately, while this thought exercise lead him to give up football, he'll never know with certainty if he indeed made the most fulfilling decision.

  • Steve Nevins
    Steve Nevins Ай бұрын +1

    Been a fan since they arrived in Indy thanks to my Dad (R.I.P.) introducing me to football. It has been a tough organization to stay a fan of honestly. Luck rarely had a good enough o line to give him a chance. I will always blame Grigson for destroying Andrew Luck. I always believed Luck was in his head and was mentally exhausted. "Hearing footsteps." Now, I think that assessment was accurate. Luck could have been great. This recent team has some serious underlying toxicity. Maybe Irsay should step away and focus on his collections. Go Colts! Miss seeing Boomstick in the White and blue! Great show y'all!

  • Jose Ayala
    Jose Ayala 2 ай бұрын +3

    As a Colts fan, I was in such shock and felt so much anger, sadness, and overall lack of understanding what had just happened. I even wanted to immediately stop being a fan of the team for good and switch to a new team just because of the anger I felt towards the organization as a whole for failing this man. This guy was out a full season, came back and won comeback player of the year and with the emergence of Shaq Leonard and Quentin Nelson it felt like the 2019 season could very well be Luck’s super bowl season. But because Grigson failed miserably in the draft and made no attempt to ever protect Luck, not only did he kill a once in a lifetime QB’s career, but also sucked the soul out of the entire fanbase who one day wanted to see Luck hoist the lombardi. Ryan Grigson I sincerely wish you the worst in life and hope you never get another GM position. Chris Ballard is the same as Grigson right now unfortunately but at least we don’t have a Luck getting destroyed out there. And to be honest, yes I still wear my Colts gear, have all my jerseys, hats, shirts, socks, you name it- Still a Colts fan but the spark I once had with Luck and Peyton is no longer there. They could get Mahomes or Allen or Hurts or any future elite QB and it wouldn’t bring back the excitement and spark I once had with Luck. Irsay and his organization killed that. Thank you guys! 😔

  • David Pitts
    David Pitts Ай бұрын +1

    He was having difficulty recovering from his shoulder injury. He was in excruciating pain on and off the field, and the additional mental burden made him miserable to be and miserable to be around. Even when he wasn't injured, being a high-level NFL QB was all-consuming during the football season and during the offseason. It changed his character and dominated every minute of his life. Major injury rehab added even more weight to it. The mental strategies he used to deal all of that stress were unhealthy and were destroying his personal life. He went through therapy and developed a bigger sense of who he was outside football. He successfully recovered from the injury, played a season of fantastic football then got injured again the following off-season. He went right back into the same mental cycle, it was again destroying him and his life, but he felt so much pressure to live up to expectations that he couldn't walk away. He rehabbed the calf, got back in time for the pre-season but he saw the strain playing had on his life and he didn't like it. He was newly married, a new father and that felt more important. So he decided, himself, not due to a marital ultimatum, HE decided to hang them up (at least according to the article).

  • ProfPolish
    ProfPolish 2 ай бұрын +41

    Reading that article was illuminating. You get a sense of how mentally exhausting that life can be. The strength he had to do what he did and to come out the other end knowing he did the right thing… nothing but respect for him.

    • LK
      LK 2 ай бұрын +1

      Agreed. As a frame of reference to his mind space, not until he turned pro did he have anything more than a cheap flip phone. Could have cared less about all the apps and bs. Said he rather make the time to hangout with friends at coffee than on facebook. Says a lot about a young man. Also people forget, one of his injuries was a lacerated kidney. That probably gave him pause too.

  • Jacob Tarter
    Jacob Tarter 2 ай бұрын +6

    Honestly after this video , it kinda makes me understand the Tom Brady situation a lot more . Cause like u said if u wanna be a great QB, you have to have all your focus on football and being a great QB. Which will affect your relationship outside of football. And when you do that for 24-25 years and you stop and retire, it’ll take along time to get really get over it and get used to it . And Gisele just got tired of it

    • insite
      insite 2 ай бұрын

      @Christopher Gorniak LOL bet you have a great relationship bro. Get out of yo basement.

    • Christopher Gorniak
      Christopher Gorniak 2 ай бұрын +2

      And she decided either let me control you or I’m leaving. She took toms decision and got mad when he wouldn’t cater. Happy for Tom for not letting someone control him

  • Ronald Hendricks
    Ronald Hendricks 2 ай бұрын +4

    I always had the most respect for Andrew Luck.
    The young man was a BEAST.
    If he had a better team around him the sky was the limit.

  • Jason John
    Jason John 2 ай бұрын +2

    I feel like preventing furthering the chance of TBI or CTE was likely a big part of this decision especially as he seems like an academic type that cares and understands the research. He also took some big hits and his mannerism of encouraging defenders imo probably made defenders hit him harder to see if they could rattle him. You have to be willing to sacrifice some level of brain health to put yourself out on that field.

  • Fatboyyy
    Fatboyyy 2 ай бұрын +2

    OMG, He was one of my favorite quarterbacks and is so down to earth.
    Imagine if he played more, he definitely would of won a Super Bowl..

  • # Coach2win
    # Coach2win 2 ай бұрын +3

    To be the best at anything you have to sacrifice everything…..Andrew just figured it out and made his decision…Respect 👍

  • David Abbett
    David Abbett 2 ай бұрын +4

    I am continually amazed how upset “sports” people get when someone walks away from a sport to go live their life. He didn’t cheat, he didn’t stab anyone in the back, he didn’t bad-mouth anyone . . . . he simply had other options and did not want to spend the later 30 years of his life with significant physical disabilities and a broken family life. Let’s simply allow this man his life and not try to fill “content” in this way. Great show, so let’s move on.

  • Tim Gehrsitz
    Tim Gehrsitz 2 ай бұрын +4

    If you're also struggling to understand the paragraph they read, here's my easy read version:
    Luck was searching for "clarity", some sort of definitive answer as to whether or not he should continue playing. He tried to think through what it would be like to retire and what it would be like to keep playing ("told himself stories") hoping this would give him the answer. But what he learned in therapy is that you don't have to be certain about your choice in order to make a decision, because there was no way for him to know what the right choice is, even after you make it. While this didn't help him make a choice one way or another, it helped him come to terms with the decision that he ultimately made.

  • Snow Flake
    Snow Flake 2 ай бұрын

    I watched Luck live play on that cold rainy Monday night back in 2015 at Carolina. Glad I was able to watch him play once and salute his personal reasonings to leave the game.

  • Syondla Sithole
    Syondla Sithole 2 ай бұрын +38

    Luck's story is right up there with the greatest what ifs of the NFL, when he retired it finally seemed like he got a great team around him.

  • TheRasiani
    TheRasiani 2 ай бұрын

    This might have been the most accidentally hilarious podcast I've seen in awhile -- Idk if its schtik, or what, but I've never seen any host so completely transparent about his intellectual limitations 😅
    But gawd love Pat Macafee & crew for focusing on all the right things, and after a few good laughs, a rather informative set of insights from the collective. That was 20 minutes well spent. Thanks, guys

  • Brady Springer
    Brady Springer Ай бұрын

    It’s kinda the perfect story in a sense. Dude had all the potential to be the best ever. Left it all on the table to pursue his family & a quiet, humble life.

  • XK
    XK 2 ай бұрын +1

    Growing up as a colts fan I never thought it’d ever be the same after Peyton left .. then we got blessed with Luck hate to see how it all unfolded but glad he’s at peace

  • Dan Eckardt
    Dan Eckardt 2 ай бұрын +4

    This is what it looks like when you prioritize your life and family over any amount of material gains. Respect to Andrew and all who took the same path.

  • Matthew Temple
    Matthew Temple 2 ай бұрын

    One of the saddest days of my love for sports and being a life long bleed blue 💙 colts fan A. Luck retiring was a shock and my heart dropped to my toes one of my favorite players of all time and knowing from that point on the colts was done and we have struggled every since that day... But I'm I'm not mad at him for choosing his family and his health over football... That being said the colts did not put a line around Luck to keep him from getting sacked nore did they respect him on healing from injuries I think they pushed him to come back and not just the colts but alot of the colts fans was impatient as well I think a lot of things should have been different but you reek what you sow #12 all time legend and I was privileged to watch him play the game of football giving 110% every snap for every game he played... coltsnation317

  • Nomadic Brian
    Nomadic Brian 2 ай бұрын +2

    Took me a while to come around. At first I was upset with Andrew. Then I realized that was selfish of me. Very happy for him. He understood what was most important. There were some great moments on the field.

  • Old Timer
    Old Timer 2 ай бұрын

    If possible, Andrew Luck is even more beloved now that his reasons for retirement are clear.
    Family and health over EVERYTHING!

  • Bid It Now
    Bid It Now 2 ай бұрын

    Vikes fan here. The shortly lived, Andrew Luck Era Colts, were must watch TV. He helped contribute to some of the best football I've ever seen in the mid 2010's. An era that also included prime Rodgers, Brady, Manning, Brees.

  • Mike
    Mike 2 ай бұрын +52

    Andrew Luck might have been the best ambassador the NFL has ever had. The ultimate teammate and role model.

  • Joe Apple
    Joe Apple Ай бұрын

    The beating these NFL athletes take each game is unreal. I can't imagine what happens to the body after years of abuse through the game they love. Retiring "young" is not a bad choice for someone who took way too many hard hits through the years!! Andrew Luck, Barry Sanders and others were very smart for hanging the cleats up!!

  • Doug Robinson
    Doug Robinson 2 ай бұрын +1

    I'm a Washington Huskies fan (and grad), and my dad and I made the drive from Seattle to Palo Alto EVERY chance we had to go watch Andrew Luck play during his Stanford career. I haven't been as blown away by a college QB ever (though Michael Penix Jr. might be even more of a joy to watch).

    • Doug Robinson
      Doug Robinson Ай бұрын

      @John White To clarify, Penix is more of a joy to watch because he throws it a lot more and plays for my team, but I think I gave Luck his due.

    • John White
      John White Ай бұрын

      Oh please not even close. When you think of the scariest qbs ever, lucks intelligence tops Elways, his size tops many other qbs, etc. name any other college qb you would less like;y want to face than luck? Even Robert Griffen not as scary.

  • Ryan Austin Dean
    Ryan Austin Dean 2 ай бұрын +148

    Andrew Luck basically did what we all wish we could. He retired before his body and mind failed him with loads of money in the bank, and was able to prioritize his family instead of gaining the whole world, but losing his soul.

    • Melvin Hunt
      Melvin Hunt 2 ай бұрын

      @JD Powers l believe you are wrong? It doesn’t matter to me . I think he should have tried his best to honor his contract.

    • JD Powers
      JD Powers 2 ай бұрын

      @Melvin Hunt do you think he got his full contract since he left early?? He just took his money and ran? That’s not how contracts work. Beyond what was guaranteed, He most likely forfeited whatever was owed to him for the remainder. Also, a contract doesn’t mean he’s required to work against his will. He retired. It ends the contract. So he owed what exactly?

    • Phillip Branch
      Phillip Branch 2 ай бұрын

      Contract??? Nah, he a quitter

    • ChunkyJo
      ChunkyJo 2 ай бұрын

      Yup. Aside from the fact Jackson's injury was horrific, I really admire people like Bo Jackson, Ricky Williams, Calvin Johnson and Andrew Luck who were given a chance to look at it from afar and evaluate what's important in their lives now that their dream is achieved. It takes a lot of guts to make that call.
      On the flip side of that, I also really feel for Tom Brady as well. I can definitely see the pain he's going through trying to mentally come to terms with the end of his, what's essentially, his entire life. I couldn't imagine concentrating on one single sole purpose for literally my entire life since I was 7 and then having it just... END. Just like that. That has to be a complete mindfuck.

    • Melvin Hunt
      Melvin Hunt 2 ай бұрын +2

      @JD Powers Wait a Minute, he signed a Contract! If physically possible he should have stayed until the end of the Contract! He owed That!

  • Ken B.
    Ken B. 2 ай бұрын

    The article puts a spotlight on how much pressure these organizations place on elite, highly paid athletes to get healthy as soon as possible. And when a doctor says “he just needs more time to heal” it’s unacceptable.

  • novoselic lovro
    novoselic lovro 2 ай бұрын +53

    I became a Colts fan because of great QBs in b2b decades, Peyton and Luck. Still can't get over it how horrible we have been after these 2 left the building.

      JACQUEZ JOHNSON 2 ай бұрын

      @Jon Barron 2018?????

    • Gray Maybe
      Gray Maybe 2 ай бұрын

      @The Bees Knees didn’t say the Bears won but getting to a super bowl is RELEVANT you dumass idi🤡t , which is what was stated

    • The Bees Knees
      The Bees Knees 2 ай бұрын

      @Gray Maybeand loss? Who cares who came in second place lmao bears still suck

    • Paul Igyarto
      Paul Igyarto 2 ай бұрын

      @Matthew Guerra have a good QB right now...

    • hfyvvxf OK hcff
      hfyvvxf OK hcff 2 ай бұрын

      If your a real colts fan. You don’t care about bad seasons. Only 1 team wins anyway

  • Craig Bigbee
    Craig Bigbee 2 ай бұрын

    IMO, Andrew looked at the next season and, like the rest of us, saw more pain and no gain. So, he chose family over football. Good move.

  • Open The Mind
    Open The Mind 2 ай бұрын +1

    5:44 • He's exactly right, Shannon Sharpe said it best on Undisputed one morning: "there IS NO balance to greatness." If you want to be great, you must give ALL of your life to it.

  • iceman71625
    iceman71625 Ай бұрын

    Takes a great person to make those life decisions...🦾🦾🦾🦾😍😍😍😍😍😍😍these are things as a fan of football is great to know. It helps me know that I made the right decision for my family. Now it's my time to shine since all my birdies have left the nest... Ty Pat for your show👍🦾🦾🦾💯💯💯💯💯💯💯🦬🏈🦬🦬🏈🦬 Go Bills 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Ian Urbano
    Ian Urbano 2 ай бұрын

    From one father to another, GOOD JOB ANDREW!

  • Roman P
    Roman P 2 ай бұрын +1

    They finally built Luck the O-line he needed, Brisett and the colts had a good season because they finally had the line. Couldve been a superbowl season honestly if he was there

  • Jaryn Shinn
    Jaryn Shinn Ай бұрын

    Luck from day one was that guy, franchise changing. Respect his decision it's hard as hell to step away from chasing your dream.

  • Lennyice
    Lennyice 2 ай бұрын

    Always like Andrew luck and I’m a lions fan, can’t blame him for what he did. Same thing as Calvin, wanted to protect his future, hope all is well

  • Ken Cunningham
    Ken Cunningham 2 ай бұрын

    I remember him taking a ton of very bad hits. Then he suddenly in pre-season, retired out of nowhere. He did the math. He had the money and was financially secure. He has a wife and family. He made the right choice.

  • seasoned_bussy
    seasoned_bussy 2 ай бұрын +59

    As a chiefs fan that cursed at even the mention of Luck’s name after the 2013 Wildcard game, it was heartbreaking when he retired. You can tell that his spirit was broken, that he didn’t want to leave, but he had to. Andrew Luck is definitely my biggest What If in NFL history. Dude had everything you could want from a QB, but years of him being neglected by Pagano and Grigson finally took their toll

    • Jason Andrus
      Jason Andrus 2 ай бұрын +1

      @cardboard87 Its been great to see him speak on tv. I used to have a co worker who grew up with him but wasnt into football. His rookie season I would try to explain to my co worker how absolutely insane his season is going but he didnt truly understand. Hes like ya i know hes good. Im like its way beyond good lol

    • cardboard87
      cardboard87 2 ай бұрын +1

      RGIII is the biggest "what if" for me, but Luck is right up there!

    • aceassn716
      aceassn716 2 ай бұрын +2

      Vincent BO Jackson
      Is still my biggest what if in all of sports

    • Sonny
      Sonny 2 ай бұрын

      Biggest what if? What if what? He continued to be a top tier qb for the next 9 years while not winning in playoffs as the first 9 years?

    • Corey Toolis
      Corey Toolis 2 ай бұрын +3

      I say Barry sanders still but yeah about the same.

  • Joshua Ingram
    Joshua Ingram 2 ай бұрын

    Respect Luck 100%. Miss the guy. But no hard feelings from Colts nation. He came in. Gave his best and got out. That’s all he ever owed the fans. Selfishly wish I could watch him play again.

  • Rick Ditlow
    Rick Ditlow 2 ай бұрын

    You know what, I'll give Pat Mcafee credit. At the end, the conversation was about to go somewhere it probably shouldn't from a more moral standpoint, getting into a teammate's family decision, possible blaming people for those family decisions and he stopped it. If they would've continued, it's the drama gossip crap that gets more clicks and ratings, but he stopped it. Good job Pat

  • Donald H
    Donald H 2 ай бұрын +2

    My read of the article was that he felt compelled by the world around him to dedicate himself to being 'the quarterback' and he used layers of self deception to build a character/model of what he thought would bring him success. When things like injuries attacked the shell of lies he built around his 'qb1' persona, it caused him mental anguish because it caused conflict into the character he built that was outside of his direct control. Because of his mental smarts, he was supremely confident that he could control all the aspects of his life to let him be successful, and once he lost the measure of that false control it caused a crisis. He had built a false identity and when confronted with all of that self deception he realized what he was doing to those around him (like his gf/wife) and had to make a choice. He knew that the lure of playing football would be like a drug that tempted him into all of those lies and decided the only way to save himself from self destruction was to remove himself from that world. Part of the identity he is building, outside of football, is one of a father, husband, and now student. He has to unlearn the hyper focused methods he used to be a success in football and try to understand that he needs to make the choice of what he wants to be in a manner that is clear. So much of his life was affected by external perceptions and demands that it is difficult for him to not see those influences in all of his choices....he's trying to build up true self confidence so he can find purpose in life free from the strings of unwanted external influence.
    Not sure if that's more clear than the article or not. It's at least shorter.

    • chris
      chris 2 ай бұрын

      His wife forced him to retire

  • Daniel Bragg
    Daniel Bragg 2 ай бұрын +1

    I'm happy that Luck was able to make the right choice for HIM.
    It doesn't change that he professionally quit on his team.

  • David Sheehan
    David Sheehan 2 ай бұрын +27

    I consider myself fortunate to have watched him play in person. Much bigger and stronger than he appeared on TV. He was amazing. Delighted he left on his terms. Few have the wisdom and courage to do so. We were treated to greatness.

    • David Sheehan
      David Sheehan 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Matthew Guerra Yeah, Andrew Luck was a man amongst boys. Imagine if he was on a good team.

    • Matthew Guerra
      Matthew Guerra 2 ай бұрын +1

      Same man. I watched Luck tear up my Cowboys at Lucas Oil in 2018. They got shut out lmao

  • chilledmonkeebrains
    chilledmonkeebrains 2 ай бұрын

    Being great requires “imbalance”. The physical beatings Luck took on a regular basis were substantial ,old school beatings. I wasn’t surprised when he opted out. The way he played, how much of him would’ve been left had he stayed?

  • Talking Muffins
    Talking Muffins 2 ай бұрын +2

    Don't knock yourself too much, Pat. You were right on it. Part of the reason for choosing those words in that web was to try and communicate the confusion being felt. Luck was just teasing out all the different identifies he had and attempting to reconcile them with a sort of "string theory" that would unify everything and make it make sense. But at the end of the day, there are only the decision we make and their resulting consequences. Answers aren't right or wrong, they are just answers. Then one day we look back at them and decide if they took us where we wanted to go or not. If they did, then we made the right decisions. If not, then we made the wrong ones. But there is no way to know it until you make the decisions and then live them out to completion.

  • Cody Smith
    Cody Smith 2 ай бұрын

    Good for you Andrew. You did the right thing.

  • TheWarshire
    TheWarshire 2 ай бұрын

    Luck always had the weight of greatness. The family, the genes, the pick, and the pressure of it all. His rookie year with all the issues, makes conference championship.
    And seemed destined for excellence. Yet, he never got past that point. He never crossed that point of his rookie year and was always taking the hits and rehab, play, hurt, rehab.
    And when it leads somewhere you can call the sacrifices worth it. Brady comparisons for example. Brady got 3 rings right away. While luck never got that support.
    His family grew distant and luck always said he lost his love of football. That is what this quote is about. He tore him up leaving the sport he was made to play and was so good at. Remember the boos and the media calling him soft.
    But he is at peace and happy. He found the happyness not woth football but with family when football was his life for so long with little room for anything else. Now it is family and next to no football and he is at peace.

  • Lil Fella89
    Lil Fella89 Ай бұрын

    Still sad he retired was mad the way he did it I was one of the sorry ass Colts fans who booed him but literally after the press conference I wasn’t mad because I could see how hard his decision was to hang them up wish dude nothing but the best and have nothing but the up most respect for what he did in the short time he was they’re

  • Kevin Munguia
    Kevin Munguia Ай бұрын +1

    connors take on this was rly nice, acts like a mass-hole meathead often but these moments show some of the deeper thoughts/understanding he is capable of, more so than what AQ showed this episode.
    also, the last few lines of that paragraph were incredibly insightful.. is the decision i make NOW the right one? if it is, will it still be right later? would the aspects of my life that helped make my decision still have the same weight down the line? it makes wtv decisions we make in our lives a ever-changing reality.. all that to say good for Luck

  • socrazybmx
    socrazybmx 2 ай бұрын

    Anyone else find it hilarious to watch Zito's face in Ty's reflection when Ty is being animated? I'm dying over here

  • TheRealMrKGB
    TheRealMrKGB 2 ай бұрын

    Read the article, and wasn't represented too well in the discussion. What I got out of it is the family was certainly part of it, but overall it was that he hated who he was and who he had to be in order to be a great QB. He knew he had to be what you talked about, the a-hole, control freak to be a great QB, to the point where he did things like ordering for teammates and other people when out to dinner. He sounded like he almost had an obsessiveness that gave him incredible anxiety. It wasn't an ultimatum from his wife, it was hey, we have to share this and you can't be QB1 to me, you have to be a husband. But, reading the whole article told me he did it for himself and to be the person he wanted to ultimately be.

  • Detroit vs Everybody
    Detroit vs Everybody 2 ай бұрын +251

    He chose being a father and husband over a quarterback. That is called being a man. Good on you Andrew, i wish nothing but the best!

    • Rex Rogers
      Rex Rogers 2 ай бұрын

      @Mike C You should alert the authorities immediately and write him an angry letter!!! 😂😂

    • End of Quote Repeat the Line
      End of Quote Repeat the Line 2 ай бұрын

      It’s weird that he was the only player in the NFL with kids 🤷‍♂️

    • Alexander Grant
      Alexander Grant 2 ай бұрын

      @Drock No, it's being able to give up something you've worked your entire life for to really do what's important to you. Finding your own path to happiness and taking the hatred that was going to be coming your way.

    • Lizard Man
      Lizard Man 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Terry Nicewonger how his kids are still young and I act live like every father doesn’t go to work all year long

    • Diesel Bourbon
      Diesel Bourbon 2 ай бұрын

      Anyone saying kids are a burden and not worth it will look back at this 30 years from now and realize not having children was the biggest mistake you ever made.
      Nothing in the world competes with it.

  • Solo Deback
    Solo Deback 2 ай бұрын

    I need pat to talk at my retirement party.great hype man 💯🔥🔥🔥

  • D Gainey
    D Gainey 2 ай бұрын

    Great job reading that Pat. It hurt my brain just listening to you read it!

  • Scott Whitehead
    Scott Whitehead 2 ай бұрын

    The other thing about Andrew Luck that seems to make him different than most athletes is that he is not afraid to ask tough questions of himself and others. He appears to not want to be defined by what society defines as great simply because that explanation of greatness is too simple and lacking in emotional validity. Based on this article, it sounds like his greatest regret was the timing of his retirement and how it left the Colts and his teammates in the lurch. He is not wrong about that, but I would argue that he deserves forgiveness for the ill-timed announcement as he was in a rare situation with little in the way of guidance. He also made a difficult, but honorable, decision that few of us would have the balls to make.

  • Steve Store
    Steve Store 2 ай бұрын

    Luck is really an awesome Dude, wish the best for him. Yet, perhaps if he would have had a better owner, he is still playing.

  • mixstamike
    mixstamike 2 ай бұрын +13

    I honestly believe people loved Andrew Luck so much not because of his talent or success but because he was last new person of an old football Era. What I mean is people like Luck, Ray Lewis, Urlacher etc... made football more exciting to watch because of their passion and leadership. Even when any of their seasons were sinking they could rally their team to make a run. Obviously there's still people today who are leaders or love the sport but I don't feel the same kind of energy I did with Luck or Lewis js. Those men were loved an respected regardless of any games outcome. Now it's more on the lines of for example... If mahomes plays amazing he's high energy and everyone loves him. But second he starts doing bad that energy is gone and everyone throws him under the bus is my point.

  • Derek2k
    Derek2k 2 ай бұрын

    Respect to him for being intelligent and not following what the sheep want him to do.

  • Oneispi Spike
    Oneispi Spike 2 ай бұрын

    Andrew Luck is Da Man!!!
    Am not a Colts fan, but Dude was an Amazing Player!!
    I was shocked when the news broke of his retirement, at te same time, I admired home even more.
    Having heard this discussion, has only cemented that admiration!!
    Just Sayin

  • Ellen McKelvey
    Ellen McKelvey 2 ай бұрын

    I remember watching his last game and him getting booed off the field. I was appalled at colts fans.

  • Heinrich Kaiser
    Heinrich Kaiser 2 ай бұрын

    Makes sense, that's what makes greatness, sorry family, but you got me now for the rest of life after retirement

  • Mikey Mendez
    Mikey Mendez 2 ай бұрын +31

    Andrew Luck was so great for us. I'll never forget that chiefs playoff game that comeback was insane.

    • Mikey Mendez
      Mikey Mendez 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Vigus DNA he probably still is gonna get that line the next time the kids are getting picked up

    • Vigus DNA
      Vigus DNA 2 ай бұрын +1

      Brady is like Thank God tht Andrew Luck didn’t do this until the divorce was started lol cuz she woulda been like see … Andrew loves his family Tom lol

  • adam baktis
    adam baktis 2 ай бұрын

    Pretty excellent, well thought out breakdown from a small regional radio show. Hammer dahn

  • Tropics
    Tropics Ай бұрын

    You have a duty to do the best you can, you owe it to yourself and to show example to your kids

  • O M
    O M 2 ай бұрын

    bravo on Pat ending that discussion when he did and the way he did it. the convo was starting to ramble but more importantly guys were gonna start saying stuff they probably shouldn't about things that no other human should be judging another human on. Good move Pat, well played.

  • David Wang
    David Wang 2 ай бұрын +1

    Who’d have thought that in a draft that contained Luck, RG3 and Russell Wilson that Kirk Cousins will likely be the last one standing

  • Thomas Tilert
    Thomas Tilert 2 ай бұрын

    Appreciate the take by Ty and Connor to boil the article down.

  • Bradley Nickell
    Bradley Nickell Ай бұрын

    Good for him he was in a rock and a hard place and he had to choose which one he was going to lose and he kept the right one you always choose family

    MEGADETH Ай бұрын

    Torn between the game he loved and being there for his wife/kids. Football is a dice roll on your long term health. Walking away from the game as an elite in your prime is not easy. I want to say he was most concerned about the ripple effect of his decision. How would it effect everyone around him short term? Long term? A lot to think about with no definitive answer.

  • Vinny DiStefano
    Vinny DiStefano 2 ай бұрын

    When Pat asks how long it took to read the article and the answer was 35-40 minutes. He looks at the camera dramatically and says "Jesus."
    I felt that.

  • Jonathan Cogswell
    Jonathan Cogswell 2 ай бұрын

    I see why Pat retired. I noticed on punts our own teammates were letting it roll into the end zone and otherwise purposely screwing Pat. I can’t believe Coach Pagano let Grigson do that crap. It changed my perception of the NFL that’s for sure.

  • Buffalo Motivated
    Buffalo Motivated 2 ай бұрын

    The Colts were the luckiest team in history to go from manning straight to luck! The fact that they literally ruined & broke him is sad af!

  • Todd Warner
    Todd Warner 2 ай бұрын

    As a guy who retired a bit early, I can relate. Sacrificing your health when you can financially walk away? ... walk away. Your "real life" is not your work life. If you can ... choose family first.

  • iksnivils
    iksnivils 2 ай бұрын

    It's a vary good read. That section was a summation of wrapping up many of what was going on in Luck's mind. The article isn't al like that, or even mostly.

  • Boone
    Boone  2 ай бұрын +148

    Andrew Luck was the Dirk Nowitski of the NFL, everyone loved him, his loyalty and his humility.

    • Bleed Blue
      Bleed Blue 2 ай бұрын

      @Bob Dylan not me. It would be the same for any other team fans, especially in football. They have no perspective

    • Christian De Guzman
      Christian De Guzman 2 ай бұрын +1

      Andrew Luck was the Andrew Luck of football.

    • The Dude
      The Dude 2 ай бұрын

      poor comparison
      Luck is more like Tony Conigliaro, or Bobby Orr, or Mark Prior, or Yao Ming, or Isiah Thomas, or PK Subban, or Magic Johnson, or Prince Fielder.
      talent never questioned, but fate denying a full career

    • Patrick B
      Patrick B 2 ай бұрын

      @Bob Dylan Not me. I absolutely hated how my fellow Colts fans booed him.

    • TrailBlazer🌿
      TrailBlazer🌿 2 ай бұрын

      Dirk would have NEVEeeR been booed by ANYONE let alone his home base fans if he decided to retire. The facts are in the NFL you never know how long you're going to play. Luck is more of a Shawn Bradley 😂 I still can't get his voice out of my head. Ahgggghhh yeahhh I'm Aaghhh sassssquaccchh- Andrew Luck

  • R Hunt
    R Hunt 2 ай бұрын

    Rocking the VGK! Love it guys! Go Knights Go!

  • Matthew Alexander Lemma
    Matthew Alexander Lemma 2 ай бұрын

    Pat made a mistake. The Colts at the end of Andrew Luck’s rookie season got eliminated wild-card weekend by the Baltimore Ravens. Two seasons later, they were in the AFC Championship Game.

  • Raul Rivera
    Raul Rivera 2 ай бұрын

    I feel like we would have a different conversation if the success matched the talent…. He really got beat up a lot and the colts were just ok