With word of Andrew Luck’s retirement sending shock waves throughout the NFL world last Saturday night, a few local followers of the Indianapolis Colts weighed in on social media.

The 29-year-old quarterback led his team to a 62 percent winning percentage in games he started since 2012, going 4-4 in the playoffs. He finished with 23,671 yards passing and 171 touchdowns in 86 games, adding 14 rushing scores.

Luck has been riddled by injuries the past four years, but was coming off a solid 2018 comeback after missing the entirety of 2017.

Jess Luers said “it seemed like he never played anyway, so it will be the same team they’ve had the last 2 or 3 seasons.”

Ron Gerdowsky, a Batesville High School graduate living in Grapevine, Texas, is still optimistic for the Colts’ 2019 season, as the QB reins are handed over to Jacoby Brissett. The team was 4-12 with Brissett at the helm in 2017.

“They still have a talented team and will be very competitive, despite Las Vegas flipping their odds (upon Luck’s announcement),” he posted to Facebook.

On Twitter, Justin@jmac1030 kept it simple: “Go Jacoby!”

Cynthia Geisen empathized with Luck’s difficult decision.

“He made a responsible choice for his mind and body,” she wrote. “He stated he’s in a cycle of pain and emotional exhaustion and said ‘I can’t live the life I want to live.’ No game or amount of money is worth a person’s health, mental or physical.”

The Colts begin their Luck-less journey on Sept. 8 at Los Angeles, facing the Chargers.

Will Fehlinger can be contacted at sports@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 220112

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