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When Andrew Luck made his surprising retirement announcement, Brian Hoyer sent well wishes to the Colts' new starting quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. Little did he know he'd soon be joining Brissett in Indianapolis.

Hoyer and Brissett got to know one another when they traveled to Churchill Downs earlier this year to take in the Kentucky Derby with Tom Brady and the regular cast of characters. When Luck decided to hang 'em up, Hoyer reached out to Brissett with a simple, encouraging message.

“I said ‘Hey man, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, best of luck’. I had no idea that three weeks later I’d be here," Hoyer said according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.

Hoyer ended up being released by the Patriots during their final round of cuts, then signed by the Colts to become Brissett's backup shortly thereafter. The veteran QB should be a valuable presence in Indianapolis' QB room and bring a positive energy Brady admits he'll miss in New England.

As for Brissett, everything's looking good for the 26-year-old so far as he recently negotiated his own two-year, $30 million contract extension.

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