Aaron Rodgers Defends Andrew Luck, Calls Fans’ Booing Of Retired QB “Disgusting”
Andrew Luck‘s recent announcement that we would retire effective immediately caused quite a stir in the NFL.
The Indianapolis Colts QB got opinions from fellow players of all different positions, including current quarterbacks who have played and watched Luck throughout his journey to get back on the field multiple times with injuries.
Some comments have also been made by retired QB’s, such as Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman and others who do not, such as commentator Doug Gottlieb.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is known for giving his opinion, spoke about the backlash that Luck has been getting since announcing his decision.
“Well, the surprise was obviously the first emotion. He’s a young player, he’s had a really, really good career,” Rodgers told Adam Schein on Monday. “But I think the second is a little disgust, maybe, at the way that it was handled. Him getting booed, the word leaking out the way that it did, I thought that was a little disgusting because here’s a guy who’s making a quality of life decision. And he’s given a lot to the game, although he’s not a 15-year vet, but he’s put himself through a ton just to get back on the field.”
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Luck spoke at his press conference regarding the difficulty of receiving negative feedback from his decision to retire.
Andrew Luck gets booed walking off the field as fans learn about his reported retirement
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 25, 2019
Rodgers stated that he also had thought about post-career life in dealing with injuries.
“Of course, of course,” Rodgers said. “Anytime you’ve had a concussion or a couple of concussions, the following days you’re always thinking about what it’s going to be like, but I think with medicine the way it is and research the way it is, there’s going to be more and more things that can help guys down the line to feel better, hopefully. And hopefully, we can do our job in the [NFL Players Association] and continue to take care of former players.”
The Packers QB — who suffered his third concussion last year — is two behind Troy Aikman, who retired after 12 seasons due to his fifth concussion.