INDIANAPOLIS—Admitting that he could not take the physical and mental punishment anymore, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tearfully described years of fighting through the searing pain he experiences during every moment spent in Indianapolis. “Day in and day out, it takes a lot out of you—it’s been seven years of getting hit by Indianapolis, and the pain has just gotten to be too much,” said Luck, expressing concern that even one more season in the Indiana state capital was going to do permanent damage from which he could never recover. “I didn’t want to do this. I want to play football, I want to be there for my team, but I can’t stand the jolts of pain that course through my nerves every time I see this fucking city. I’ve got to do what is best for my family, and I don’t want them to see me like this, living in this place. I don’t want to be 50 and brain-damaged from two decades of staring at Indianapolis every day.” At press time, players around the league had expressed support and solidarity with Luck and called on the NFL to help protect player health by banning play in Indianapolis.
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