Aaron Rodgers disgusted by aftermath of Andrew Luck’s retirementAugust 26, 2019
The takes regarding Andrew Luck’s decision to retire from the NFL are never-ending.
Aaron Rodgers, the floor is yours.
“Well the surprise was obviously the first emotion,” the star Packers quarterback on Monday told Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. “He’s a young player, he’s had a really, really good career.
It was a bizarre scene Saturday night as news broke that the 29-year-old Luck was walking away from football while the Colts were in the middle of a home preseason game against the Bears.
Word quickly made its way through the stands, and fans began booing their once-beloved quarterback as he exited the field.
“I think the second is a little disgust, maybe, at the way that it was handled,” Rodgers said of his reaction to Luck’s decision and the aftermath. “Him getting booed, the word leaking out the way that it did, I thought that was a little disgusting, because here’s a guy who’s making a quality-of-life decision.”
The Colts had originally planned for Luck — who did not play Saturday — to announce his retirement Sunday afternoon, and while many hold the same views as Rodgers, others have attacked the four-time Pro Bowler for leaving a playoff contender in no-man’s land with the regular season just two weeks away.
“I think what he did was actually very unselfish,” Rodgers said. “Does he not start the season? He could be on IR, and then he’s cashing a paycheck from the Colts without playing. But instead he’s making the decision now so they can move forward with [now-starting quarterback] Jacoby [Brissett], and he’s making a decision that’s for his own quality of life and happiness, and I salute him for that. And I enjoyed competing against him. He’s a hell of a player, and I’m happy for whatever is next with Andrew.”
The Colts allowed Luck to keep the $24.8 million in signing bonuses they could have recouped amid his retirement, many of whom speculate as a plan to entice him to unretire at some point.
Luck earned just over $97 million from the Colts during his seven-year career.
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