Andrew Luck makes first public appearance in Indianapolis since retiring

The last time Andrew Luck left the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2019, he was showered with boos from fans who had just learned he was retiring after playing seven professional seasons.

It was a warmer welcome for Luck Friday night in his first public appearance in the city since stepping away from the game. Luck was at the Colts facility for a cancer fundraiser hosted by former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and he called Indianapolis “a massive part of the fabric of who I am and where life has been, with ups and downs and everything in between.”

Luck said he felt the love from the city and reflected on his time leading the team to four playoff appearances and an AFC title game.

“We were not perfect” Luck said, via Stephen Holder of “I know I wasn’t perfect. We all wish we had multiple Super Bowls and did things and kind of defeated some of these enemies that we don’t. ‘We never really managed to achieve. But I could probably speak for all the other guys, and I know I could still speak for myself – it wasn’t perfect, but we did our best. We did our best and I hope we gave people something to be happy about and something to be proud of. And I feel like we (did it).

Luck went to Stanford and returned to this area for higher education, but he also found a desire to “reintegrate” football into his life as a volunteer coach at Palo Alto High School. He said he “feels like it’s my turn to give back to this game” which gave him so much before the injury toll became too much to bear.

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