This Hall of Famer is playing defense for the Colts former quarterback.
After Andrew Luck, 29, caused a stir by abruptly retiring from the NFL on Saturday over his many injuries, radio host Doug Gottlieb fanned the flames by tweeting, Retiring cause rehabbing is too hard is the most millennial thing ever. And Gottlieb was immediately told how bad this take was by seemingly every current and former NFL player on social media.
He was most notably slammed by two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Troy Aikman, who is now a color commentator for Foxs main NFL broadcast team.
Thats total bullshit Doug. What qualifies you to decide how someone should live their life? So youre now the authority on what motivates Andrew Luck? And if his decisions dont fit into what you think is best for him then you rip him? Guess that keeps you employed on FS1. Nice https://t.co/p59DsmPoER— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) August 26, 2019
Luck has had a lot of success so far in his football career, but he has also had a string of serious injuries that forced him to miss 26 games since 2015. They include: torn cartilage in two ribs; a partially torn abdomen; a lacerated kidney that left him urinating blood; at least one concussion; a torn labrum; and a calf injury that led to his retirement.
At his retirement press conference, Luck said that the injuries he was suffering from had taken my joy of the game away.
Fox Sports radio host Gottlieb played college basketball for Notre Dame before his TV and radio work.
Many other players around the NFL joined Aikman on Twitter to wish Luck well.
Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha... take your time... I wish you the best— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 25, 2019
Every time i think about it, Tears start to flow =-=-=-. No one understands you like i do. Our bond is one of a kind. Ive decided to dedicate my season to my BEST FRIEND. I Love You 12. #Luck2Hilton pic.twitter.com/9a3JzxNum2— TY Hilton (@TYHilton13) August 26, 2019
Major Respect for Luck!!! I said this once before. When you start doing whats best for you, it brings the evil out of people Only the players who play in this league will truly understand his decision.— Kameron Chancellor (@KamChancellor) August 25, 2019
Luck had a positive reputation around the NFL for his good sportsmanship even when he was the one getting hit.
The nicest guy the game has ever seen. = pic.twitter.com/O2vcQqNgm2— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 25, 2019
There is some precedent for players retiring early due to injury concerns. NFL stars Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Jim Brown also retired at 30, but all three of them had played at positions with a higher injury risk than quarterback. Luck was one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, a position that usually sees star players playing into their mid-late 30s.
A few #NFL luminaries who retired while still relatively young:Andrew Luck, 29Jim Brown, 30Barry Sanders, 30
Calvin Johnson, 30