- My only take (I'm pretty sure) on Andrew Luck retiring at 29 is probably more guys are going to retire in the range of 29-31 than they used to, and that's fine both for them because that's what they want to do and for the game because there are at least twice as many potential pro football players out there than there are roster spots at this time. Luck's decision is personal and judging him for it is dumb, but it is fair to criticize him for leaving the Colts in the lurch by retiring at this time in the year.
- With the rise in salaries it's more likely more players make enough money to feel comfortable (not only for them but those who likely depend on them) at a younger age and decided they've had enough. Good for them! That is healthier for everyone than having guys hang on for an extra five years strictly to make more money and then have to live with the results the rest of their lives. I still think it will be a small percentage of players overall who make this decision because I'm guessing the majority of players still enjoy playing, at least for the money. That a noteworthy percentage of players play more for the money by the time they reach the top level is not news.
- That said, there is nothing wrong with lacking sympathy for someone who quits their job because they don't enjoy it anymore. That reminds me of a line from the Drew Carey Show: "Oh, you don't like your job? There's a club for that. It's called, "Everyone! We meet at the bar."
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