Andrew Luck surprised a lot of people when he announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday night.
For Tom Brady, it can be said he outlasted Peyton Manning, and even outlasted his successor. Luck's retirement stemmed from injuries and the fact he just didn't have the love for the game as he once did.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, Brady was asked for his reaction to the news.
“It is his life. Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do," he said. "He had a great career and he was a great player. Everybody wishes they could be healthy all the time. It is a contact sport and he’s certainly had his fair share of injuries, so guys retire at different times. Some at the end of the season, and I have seen a lot of guys retire before the season gets going and this is just one of those examples.”
Brady is going into his 20th season, so he was asked what it's taken to play this long. The quarterback pointed to his support system.
“I think it’s everything. There’s definitely a physical element. There’s definitely an emotional element. I think there is a mental element. Everything in my view really has to come together for you to be the best version of yourself as a player, and it takes a lot of support," Brady said. "It takes a lot of people. You see certainly, you can see me as an individual doing that. I have the support of my teammates, my coaches, my family, my friends, Alex (Guerrero), my training system. All those things really need to come together in order to continue to achieve.
"It feels great when you have that support because a football season is like a marathon. There’s moments where it is very challenging whether it’s physically, emotionally, or mentally — you need somebody to help you push through the hard parts because it’s not all easy. It’s a great challenge, but it is very rewarding when you meet the challenge, too.”
When Luck walked off the game field Saturday night, there were a great deal of boos from the home crowd and the Colts quarterback acknowledged he heard them afterwards. Brady said these emotions don't last long in his view.
“I think emotions are just that. They come and go," he said. "In the moment, I try and not make any decisions on emotion. We are emotional beings. They just ebb and flow. That is just part of live in my view."
Brady's former backup Jacoby Brissett will now take over as Indy's starting quarterback.