I don’t follow the National Football League closely.
I’m an extremely casual Dallas Cowboys fan. That means I pay attention at playoff time — a sporadic period that, for Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, hasn’t lasted long the past two-plus decades.
However, even a wayward NFL follower couldn’t help but catch the shocking news of Andrew Luck’s retirement.
As always, the holy ghost antennas of GetReligion’s resident sports observers (that would be Terry Mattingly and me) went up when we read some of the reports about the Indianapolis Colts quarterback’s decision.
Religion has, of course, played a role in past surprising exits of professional athletes. You remember Adam LaRoche, right? In 2016, he walked away from a Chicago White Sox contract worth $13 million rather than yield to demands by management that he cut the amount of time his 14-year-old son Drake spent with him and his team.
So what about Luck? Any ghost haunting this bombshell sports moment?
Luck, the most private of public superstars, was opening up in a way he never has, telling us just how hard these last four years have been.