Even two days removed from his retirement, it's still surreal to think that we're discussing the now-over Andrew Luck Era. After seven seasons in Indianapolis, #12's reign came to an end, and it's brought about some mixed emotions from fans.
I put up a Twitter poll earlier this afternoon about Luck's era here with three one-word choices for how to describe it and would love for all Colts fans to chime in:
Here's a brief explanation of each...
Successful: He made an immediate impact, leading three straight teams to the playoffs from 2012-14. He went to four Pro Bowls and was unanimously regarded as an upper-echelon quarterback in the NFL when healthy. In each of his fully healthy seasons (2015-17 don't count), the Colts won at least ten games.
Disappointing: This may not even be Luck's fault... The Colts were clearly mismanaged during his early years, starting with an incompetent front office led by Ryan Grigson and a coaching staff led by Chuck Pagano who didn't utilize him to his full capacity. Ultimately, zero Super Bowl appearances, zero All-Pros, and zero MVPs when you're made out to be the heir apparent to Peyton Manning (thanks for the broad proclamations, Jim Irsay!) doesn't cross the high bar of expectations.
Incomplete: We just don't know. Luck is walking away at 29 years old and we'll never be able to see him fulfill his substantial potential or bring this city another championship. The Luck era was kind of a rollercoaster ride, but this ride dropped fans off before they were ready to exit.
We'll obviously talk about this all day on the show today.