Andrew Luck entered Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night, very different from the man who played for the Colts from 2012 to 2018.
Prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia, Luck made a surprise appearance on ESPN’s “College GameDay”. Luck, slim and mustached, standing inside the site for the first time since shocking his retirement from the NFL after just six seasons, has been honored as one of the Temple’s 2022 class members of the fame of college football.
Look who’s here at Lucas Oil.
Old #Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the building doing TV and hooking up with his friend, Colts center and former Alabama Ryan Kelly.
– Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) January 11, 2022
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“[It’s an] an incredible honor, so happy to share it with Stanford, “Luck told ESPN’s Joe Tessitore.” It meant a lot to me while I was there and since then. Great coaches, especially players and team mates, I think football is the ultimate expression of team and team sport. Teammates give you so, so much. “
Luck was a Heisman Trophy finalist in consecutive seasons at Stanford (2010-11), finishing behind Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III, the latter currently being an ESPN college football analyst and was alongside Luck during the pre-interview. match.
After the trio discussed the challenges of playing on such a big stage and offered advice to starting quarterbacks, Griffin asked Luck the question that must have been on the minds of many Colts fans: “We haven’t seen you. . What have you been doing, man? “
“Being a full-time daddy, and it’s been a total joy,” Luck said.
While there has been outside speculation in recent years about Luck’s potential return to the NFL – Colts owner Jim Irsay said last year the franchise “would love” to find him – he doesn’t appear to be. that the 32-year-old has any regrets. on his decision. Luck left football ahead of the 2019 season after sustaining several injuries that left him in a cycle of “injury, pain, rehabilitation”.
“I felt stuck in it. The only way I can see it is to stop playing football,” Luck said. “It took away the joy of this game. I was stuck in this process. I couldn’t live the life I wanted to live. And after 2016 when I played in pain and I could not really train, I made a vow not to take this path again, I find myself in a similar situation.
“The only way forward for me is to retire from football and this cycle I’ve been in. I vowed to myself that if I did it again, I would choose myself in that direction.”
Now, more than three years from his last game in the NFL – and several pounds off his 240 playing weight – Luck seems to be more than happy to be racing rather than running away from defenses.
You can watch Luck’s full “College GameDay” segment below.