Luck's Sudden Retirement has Football World Talking

Eric Wood: "I was shocked."

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(WBEN/AP) - Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck stunned the football world when he announced his retirement at the age of 29 on Saturday night.

Former Bills Center Eric Wood, who himself had to retire from the NFL due to lingering injuries just over a year ago, shared his reaction to the news with WBEN this morning.

"I was shocked," Wood told WBEN Monday morning. "I was at a charity event in Louisville and I couldn't really believe what I was hearing. For a guy who's been through as many injuries as he's had, I think it just wore him down mentally just to constantly have to go through rehabs... I just think it eventually wore him down to the point where he's ready to move on."

Luck has most recently struggled to recover from a lower left leg injury.
   
He returned last season and led the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time in four years, winning the league's Comeback Player of the Year award.
   
But in March, he suffered a strained left calf, was held out of all of the team's offseason workouts and returned on a limited basis for three practices at training camp in July. Lingering pain forced him back to the sideline and the Colts later determined that he had an injury near the back of his left ankle.
   
Coach Frank Reich had said he hoped to have an answer about Luck's availability for the Sept. 8 season opener after the third preseason game. This might not have been the one he wanted - and certainly didn't expect.

Wood said it's good Luck was able to seemingly retire on his own terms, unlike many players, including himself. You can hear his entire interview below:

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