Andrew Luck was one of the trending names in American football, thanks to his exceptional skills and resilience. The superstar played as a quarterback and had the entire seven years of his professional career with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. Andrew garnered wide attention in 2016 when he signed the richest contract in NFL history. He penned down a six-year extension deal valued at $140 million with the Colts. Meanwhile, that mark has since been surpassed by Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, and Aaron Rogers.
The Colts’ star finished his college career at Stanford University and was a player who dominated the league. Andrew never gave anything less than his best throughout his stay with the side. He was picked by the Colts as the first overall selection in the draft of 2012. Among his most notable career attainments, he is a four-time Pro Bowler as he participated in the all-star game of the league consecutively from 2012 to 2014 and then in 2018. Luck was recognized as the Comeback Player of the Year 2018 and earlier in 2014, he was the league’s passing touchdowns leader.
While there is no doubt he had a fine career, it is believed that he would have accomplished more if he didn’t battle a lot of injuries that forced him into retirement.
Injuries Forced Andrew Luck Into Retirement
When the quarterback announced his retirement before the beginning of the 2019 NFL season, it came as a shock to many as he was a better player compared to others in the league and pulled off an electrifying performance the previous season. While he was regarded as one of the few finest professional athletes who retired in their prime, Andrew made it clear that the injuries he sustained playing football is the reason he is calling it quits.
Born on the 12th of September 1989, Andrew Austen Luck grew up in Texas where he completed his high school at Stratford High School. There, he played football with the school team, finishing with a career record of 7,139 passing yards and rushing for 2,085 yards while scoring 53 touchdowns. He was scouted by top universities in the country but chose to accept a scholarship offer from Stanford University. On joining the school football team in 2008, he got a redshirt. Returning in 2009, he was made the starting quarterback and suffered his first significant injury as a footballer that season.
As it happened, he injured a finger on his throwing hand which necessitated a surgery that saw him miss the Sun Bowl game. Regardless, his college career boasts of a lot of attainments including winning the Maxwell, Walter Camp, and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards, all in 2011.
Chronicling The Injuries He Faced In His Professional Career
It was in May 2011 that it began circulating that Andrew is the top prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft, this was after Colts general manager Ryan Grigson revealed that the team would pick him with its first draft pick. This came to pass on the 26th of April 2012 when he made history as the fourth Stanford quarterback to be selected first overall. With that, he made a four-year pact with the side that marked the beginning of his professional career. Things were pretty good for him in his first, second, and third seasons in NFL. His fourth which was the 2015 season saw him miss two games due to a shoulder injury.
The shoulder injury lingered on and forced him to have surgery just after the 2016 season. Fans expected him to be ready for the following seasons but as fate would have it, Andrew Luck lost the entire 2017 season to the shoulder injury. He was placed on the Colts’ injured reserve list and it was later disclosed that he traveled to Europe to explore other options for treating the shoulder injury. Thankfully, he returned for the 2018 season with a big bang that saw him make his fourth Pro Bowl and named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. It was expected that he would pull off a similar feat in the season that followed and many more to come but that wouldn’t happen as Luck announced his retirement on the 24th of August 2019.
Specifying that he is parting ways with the sport due to injuries, Andrew related that the decision to retire is the hardest he has made but the right one for him. According to him, injuries have taken away the fun in the game and have made it difficult for him to live the kind of life he wanted, the only way forward for him was to call it quits.
A Look at His Career Earnings and Net Worth
After putting up a stellar performance in his college career and picked by the Indianapolis Colts as the first player in the 2012 draft of the NFL, Andrew Luck penned a four-year rookie deal worth $22 million in July 2012. Sometime in April 2015, it emerged that the Clots embraced the fifth-year option specified in the quarterback’s contract. It was reported that this would see Luck earn a guaranteed $16.55 million in 2016.
Also in the 2016 season, Luck inked a six-year contract extension worth $140 million. The deal made him the highest-paid player in the league at the time and guaranteed $87 million.
Apart from what he earned as salary, the former football star made money from endorsement deals. In 2012, it was confirmed that Nike signed him to its roster of athletes, and the following year, it emerged that he is in partnership with BodyArmor SuperDrink. In Forbes’ 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes, it was outlined that he earned as much as $2.8 million from endorsements.
Andrew Luck’s net worth is currently estimated at $40 million and hardly can anyone tell what his source of income has been since he retired, all that is known is that he has been spending a great deal of time with his wife and their Kid.
Meet Andrew Luck’s Wife Nicole Pechanec
This athlete had been in a long-term relationship with his college sweetheart named Nicole Pechanec. Nicole is a former Czech national gymnast who is now working as a producer with NBC TV network. She was born to Czech immigrants in New Jersey and attended Stanford University. While there, Nicole was a standout athlete and the recipient of Pam Strathairn Award in 2012.
The pair met while at Stanford University and after a while, they started their relationship. On the 31st of March 2019, after many years of being together, they walked down the aisle as man and wife; the event happened in Prague, Czech Republic.
Luck’s wife has been very supportive of him. The quarterback once admitted that her athletic background made it easier for him to cope with the injury that troubled his career. He believes he wouldn’t have been able to go through it without her. The couple welcomed their first child in November 2019 and Luck has been spending most of his time babysitting the kid.