When Andrew Luck retired before the 2019 season even began, Colts fans were understandably crushed. They were also angry.
When he left the field at the end of the final preseason game, fans booed him. They called him soft. Of course, none of them could ever do what he did.
Not one of them could take the physical beating he did, for as long as he did. That, though, is beside the point. Men should aspire to be Andrew Luck because he knew when to quit, not because of his toughness.
Toughness is great, but knowing your limits is better. Luck has a baby on the way, and he probably wants to be physically able to play with his kid. Prolonging his football career is only going to lead to more injuries. It’s not like he needs the money, he’s earned millions of dollars as a quarterback and he has an architecture degree from Stanford. So why risk chronic pain and brain damage any longer?
Luck knew when to quit. His life will be better for it. Its too easy to push yourself too far, to sacrifice too much in pursuit of goals that aren’t always as important as we think they are. Men owe it to themselves to step back and evaluate their priorities. How important is it really for you keep moving up the corporate ladder? No judgment here; if it’s important to you, it’s important to you. That’s that. Football wasn’t as important to Andrew Luck as his health, so he quit. Cut out the things in your life that aren’t important to you, and be more like Andrew Luck.