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Colts Reportedly Reach Settlement With Andrew Luck and Won't Seek to Recoup Additional Money

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 24: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts walks off the field after the Indianapolis Colts preseason game against the Chicago Bears after it was reported that he would be retiring at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck gave up most of the $122 million deal he signed in 2016 when he shocked us all by walking away from football at the age of 29.

In a strange turn of events, Colts lightning rod owner Jim Irsay showed that he does have a heart after all with a truly classy gesture. The team has already reached a financial settlement with Luck, and will not take back and of the money that the QB would technically have owed them if he didn't play out the season.

Irsay's tenure as owner of the Colts has been marred with a few ugly moments, but this shows a rare moment of class and gratitude for the former No. 1 overall pick's seven years in Indy.

Despite a series of serious injuries that included a lacerated kidney and career-threatening shoulder problem, Luck managed to make four Pro Bowls, win four playoff games, and put Indianapolis back on the map following a 2-14 season between Peyton Manning's departure and his own arrival.

He may not have the numbers or accomplishments of all-time Colts legends like Manning or Johnny Unitas, but Luck will remained a beloved figure in Indianapolis for his play on the field and sterling reputation off of it. It's good news that Irsay isn't putting up a financial fight here.