It’s been more than two seasons since former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck decided to retire only three weeks prior to the 2019 campaign.
Not much has been heard from Luck during this moment –we suppose he has a reverse phone–but general manager Chris Ballard informed Colin Cowherd on the Colin Cowherd podcast that he’s still quite close with the former franchise quarterback.
Ballard also took Cowherd through a number of his thoughts on the matter when it occurred in 2019.
“I care deeply about Andrew. Still do. Still very close together with him. A participant’s health and well-being long duration, it is important for us. It’s very important to me. We’re judged by our wins and losses,” Ballard said. “That’s how we’re judged but on the flip side of that. I cannot be emotionally tied. That is just who I am.
“I was extremely close with Andrew so that I understood. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely not. I got this beautiful quarterback who’s a top two or three guy in the league and we believe we’ve got a really good young, freaking team and we’re about to take off and we have thrown a curveball. Well, that’s just life.”
Since Luck retired, the Colts rolled with Jacoby Brissett in 2019 en route to a 7-9 season while missing the playoffs. They signed veteran Philip Rivers to a one-year deal in 2020 and he helped direct Indy to some wild-card appearance against the Buffalo Bills.
Now, the Colts will be turning to Carson Wentz, the player they traded for that offseason, giving up two draft picks from the process.
The entire Luck saga remains fresh with a few Colts fans and understandably so. But there is no love lost between the form quarterback and the general supervisor of the Colts.