Andrew Luck, Football, and Manhood



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Like much of sports-loving America I remain shocked by the retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. He was one of the poster boys for the National Football League. He was the reigning Comeback Player of the Year. He was a four-time All-Pro selection. He was one of the best players and a perennial Most Valuable Player candidate. He was destined, it seemed, to one day be a Super Bowl champion and in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But as Luck, only age 29, made his announcement, it was evident that his soul was not in it any longer. He talked about the ravages to his body in just six seasons. The breath of those injuries is mind-boggling: torn cartilage in two ribs; partially torn abdomen; lacerated kidney that left him urinating blood; at least one concussion; torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, which cost him a full season; and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that ultimately led to Luck’s retirement.

Yes football, at any level, is a brutal and relentless collision sport, where bodies are hurled like human missiles. After years of dodging the magnitude of what football does to its players, there is at least some acknowledgement of the dangers and permanent damage thanks to studies and lawsuits.

That is because football has an unapologetic gladiator mentality, except for the fact these men and boys are not fighting any war, they are fighting each other over a piece of pigskin filled with air.

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Thanks for this Kevin, Better late than never. Perhaps one day we will reject the violence that has killed millions of innocents overseas, led to the overthrow of so many democratic governments, the export of more killing equipment than any other country and the over one million murders in this country.

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