Former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III gives Andrew Luck respect on Twitter
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III gave Andrew Luck some respect on Twitter following the Indianapolis Colts’ QB’s surprising retirement.
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are always going to be linked together. The No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft were both considered to be franchise quarterbacks at the time that they were drafted. But unfortunately, injuries prevented them each from living up to their potential.
As of Saturday afternoon, both players were in the NFL. Luck was still the presumed starter for the Colts as he had been (health permitting) since 2012. Meanwhile, Griffin was set to be the veteran backup for the Baltimore Ravens, a team he joined after being out of the league for some time. But now, only Griffin remains.
Luck shocked the NFL world by announcing his retirement on Saturday evening. The 29-year-old cited mental fatigue and nagging injuries as his reasons for stepping down. So now, the Colts will be without him.
After Luck’s announcement, Griffin praised Luck on Twitter and said that he respected his fellow draft pick for the decision he made.
This was a very decent gesture by Griffin to offer his support of Luck. And furthermore, Griffin is right. It’s hard to walk away from the game. But if anyone knows about the frustrations of being injured, it’s RG3, as he dealt with plenty of injury issues during his Redskins career after tearing his ACL in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. After that, he just struggled to get right and that kept him from being a quality starting quarterback.
Luck’s situation was a bit different. He was constantly hit by a poor offensive line constructed by Ryan Grigson, and that’s what led him to have shoulder issues and some of the nagging injuries that have troubled him over the course of the past few seasons. He simply got to a point where the bodily abuse was no longer worth it, in his opinion, and he made the decision to give up football despite playing well and being in the prime of his career.
Luck’s retirement is the most shocking one in the NFL since Barry Sanders called it quits. But at the end of the day, it’s his decision and he is at peace with it, as Griffin said. He’s doing what is best for him, and it’s nice to see that he is getting support from his fellow players in wake of one of the most difficult decisions of his life.