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Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano ‘will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan’

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Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano ‘will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan’

The entire NFL is still reeling from the Andrew Luck’s bombshell decision to retire from football.

The story that overshadowed the Bears third preseason game in Indianapolis has the whole league reacting to the bold move from one of the most talented quarterbacks in the game.

Former Colts head coach and current Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano issued a statement Sunday on the player he drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.

“Our friendship extends well beyond player-coach and I wish him, his beautiful wife Nicole and their growing family nothing but the best,” Pagano said. “I will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan.”

Pagano and Luck combined to go 43-27 over five seasons together. The head coach saw his quarterback through abdomen and shoulder injuries that eventually cost him the entire 2017 season and led to Pagano’s departure.

Luck, of course, was by his coach’s side when he battled Leukemia in 2012.

The quarterback’s retirement ultimately comes down to his health, and Pagano knows better than anyone how Luck battled through issues the last seven years.

"It hurt. I'll be honest": Fans booed Andrew Luck after his retirement was reported in the middle of the Colts-Bears game

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"It hurt. I'll be honest": Fans booed Andrew Luck after his retirement was reported in the middle of the Colts-Bears game

News of Andrew Luck's retirement rocked the NFL world on Saturday night. The fact that it happened, mid-game, made for a bizarre experience, and one that eventually made fans hostile:

Not a great look, Indy! Maybe don't boo the guy who has broken half the bones in his body for your football team, I don't know. Luck's response to the noise was predictably heartbreaking:

Bears tight end Trey Burton – among many others – was quick to call them out: 

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck set to retire after preseason game versus Bears

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck set to retire after preseason game versus Bears

As the Bears and Colts starters watched the third preseason game from the bench, one star was already planning his exit strategy.

During the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped a bomb that shook the NFL.

Luck was set to enter his seventh season, although he missed all of 2017 with an injury. An offseason leg issue has lingered into the preseason, and now he’s ready to call it quits.

The Colts opted to leave backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett on the bench for the game against the Bears because of Luck’s injury. Now, he’s their starter for Week 1, reinforcing the decision to hold him out.

Luck was shown on the sidelines with his teammates during the broadcast, riding it out for one last weekend before hanging up the cleats. The NFL will miss one of the league’s most talented quarterbacks who left a career unfulfilled.

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