After mulling the decision for about the last two weeks, Luck approached Irsay, general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich on Monday and announced his intention to step away from the game.
"It's the hardest decision of my life - but it is the right decision for me".
"I am going to retire", Luck said. "I felt stuck in it, and the only way I see out is to no longer play football". "It's taken the joy out of this game". Colts fans picked up the news during the game, too, and then booed Luck as he walked off the field following their 27-17 loss.
Luck, who turns 30 on September 12, is a four-time Pro Bowler.
In the midst of dealing with yet another injury, Luck is reportedly "worn down" according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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Luck has been battling an ankle injury for four months that took the team awhile to properly diagnose. "It's a myriad of issues - calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain". He did not practice in full during training camp, and his availability for the season opener was in doubt.
He suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder during the 2016 season which required surgery.
Last season, Luck helped the Colts reach the play-offs for the first time since 2014, which led to him winning a fourth selection for the all-star Pro Bowl game and the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award for 2018.
He played with shoulder pain for most of 2015 and 2016, and his 2015 season ended when he suffered a lacerated kidney. The Colts closed the season with nine wins in 10 games, rallying from a 1-5 start to reach the playoffs before falling in the divisional round to the Kansas City Chiefs. He compiled more than 23,600 yards and 171 touchdowns over his six-season career in Indianapolis. He ranks third all-time in franchise history in completions, passing attempts, passing yards and touchdowns, and is second in completion percentage (60.8) and quarterback rating (89.5).
Without Luck, the Colts will now likely turn to Jacoby Brissett as their next quarterback. Luck was diagnosed with a strained left calf in March and team officials kept him out of all of the team's offseason workouts.