Aaron Rodgers is disappointed by the way Andrew Luck’s retirement played out. He understands Luck’s decision to retire, but can’t comprehend the fans reaction.
In an interview on Monday with Mad Dog Sports Radio, the Rodgers criticized the Indianapolis Colts crowd for booing Luck as he left the field Saturday and the manner in which the story was leaked.
“I thought it was pretty disgusting,” Rodgers said Monday. “He’s making a really tough decision and then before that, he makes the decision, I don’t know why that doesn’t stay in house to kind of protect him a little bit. Although when I think about it, I thought it would’ve been more of a standing-ovation type thing and a thank you than boos.
“I, 100 percent, respect him immensely for his decision. I salute him for choosing quality of life. He’s a fantastic player, he had a great career and he’s got a lot to be proud of. Like many of us in this locker room, if not all of us, we all have interests outside of football. Andrew is an extremely bright guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of things to transition into. I know what it’s like to deal with rehab and going through injuries. I’ve been on IR twice. It’s tough. He was on it pretty much for an entire season and next offseason trying to get his arm back. Again, in my opinion, not playing with him but just reading what his teammates said, tough guy. What he went through to get himself back on the field is what it means to be a leader and I’m excited for him.”
Rodgers called Luck’s decision “very selfless, not selfish.”
“If he’s not going to play this season, he could have played this season and sat on IR and taken the paycheck,” Rodgers said.
While Luck stood on the sidelines of his home preseason game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the quarterback had told the Colts he was retiring and planned to formally announce it with a press conference. Luck was then booed by the crowd as he left the field.
Andrew spent much of the summer dealing with a lingering calf injury that had recently turned into a high-ankle issue. He said that injuries had robbed him of his love for the game, and he didn’t want to continue playing if he didn’t feel capable of fully committing himself. He also said that this was the hardest decision of his life.