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You might have seen over the weekend that Andrew Luck, star quarterback for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, suddenly retired at the age of 29. This stunning news sent shockwaves through the sports world. He walked away, seemingly at the peak of a career that had Hall of Fame potential. He walked away from possible NFL and Super Bowl trophies. He forfeited $64 million remaining on his current contract and hundreds of millions more on future contracts. What was WRONG with this guy?

Actually, what was RIGHT with this guy? Luck had been struggled through injuries the last several years. In 2015, he played through a lacerated kidney and a torn abdominal muscle. A serious shoulder injury cost him the entire 2017 season and had threatened his career. He had suffered through rib, thumb, and ankle injuries. He was struggling with a calf injury that wouldn’t heal this year when he just called it quits. Over a year ago, Luck told a local Indianapolis reporter that if football ever stopped being fun, he’d retire. Saturday night, he concluded just that. When he spoke to the press, he explained that injuries had worn him down mentally and physically. He simply wanted to feel good and enjoy life. The only way he could do that was to walk away from football.

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