Injuries are never fun, especially when it’s an ordeal that lasts more than a year. For Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, his shoulder rehab lasted more than a year, to the point he thought his football career was in jeopardy.
Andrew Luck will play in his first NFL game since January 1, 2017: a 21-month gap, this Sunday. Luck had surgery on his right throwing shoulder shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 season. But at one point, Luck was deeply afraid that his injured shoulder would never heal which would put his career in jeopardy. Thankfully, Luck can put those worries to bed this Sunday. Luck spoke with the Indy Star about his ordeal and shed some light on how he felt during rehab.
Via Pro Football Talk.
“I was scared, scared in my core, in my insides. There was a time I was very scared about football, and about my place in football,” Luck told the Indianapolis Star.
Luck said that during the worst of his attempts to throw through shoulder pain, it nearly tore his life apart.
“I was a sad, miserable human,” he said. “I was not nice to myself, nor was I nice to anyone else. I was a miserable SOB to be around. I was nervous. I was scared.”
With his shoulder rehab out of the way, Luck can now focus on his career in full. Luck, who will turn 29 this month, still has plenty of years left in the tank. At one point in Luck’s career, he was living up to the billing as the next great quarterback, garnering three consecutive Pro Bowl invites. The rise of Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, and Russell Wilson, though, have put his hype on the backburner since his injury. Hopefully, Luck can remind everyone that he is still a top NFL quarterback after all. The Colts face the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.