Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has retired. At 29. With millions in the bank. He says the injuries have gotten to him, and he is ‘mentally worn down.’ Many people are mentally worn down, but don’t have the luxury of big bank account to stop working. How will his answer be taken by fans, and the NFL?
Luck’s retirement is about more than football injuries; it’s part of a growing trend of players who have decided to hang it up early. Is this the new way for millennials, who have a much different view of culture than older generations? And what does this mean for the NFL; will they continue to invest millions in players who leave in their prime, preventing the league from benefitting from their investments?