Nightly Roundup: August 24, 2019

Nightly Roundup: August 24, 2019

August 24, 2019
Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh (image via Zimbio)

So . . . ummm . . . Andrew Luck is retiring.

Kwity Paye doesn’t think leadership will be an issue (LINK).

Rashan Gary left the game with an injury (LINK).

It’s going to be very interesting to see how Brandon Peters does as the starter for Illinois. He went from #4 at Michigan to #1 at Illinois in one off-season.


  1. Avatar
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    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Great tweet Thunder!

  2. GKblue
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    Aug 25, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    The Luck retirement surprised me. New wife and baby, more than likely far more money in the bank than the average Joe. Surely the future career of his choice is in front of him. I think we will see more early retirements in this generation of players.

    I do not think of Gary as a tough minded guy. He is a great athlete, but he seems to be more of a cerebral individual. It would not surprise me if he finds a way to retire early also.

    Peters’ play will be interesting to watch. Smaller pond with encouragement might help bring out his confidence. Will he flourish in Illini offensive system against the bottom half of B1G defenses?

    • Thunder
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      Aug 26, 2019 at 9:37 PM

      Early retirements on both sides of the ball will be very interesting. You have guys like Brady who play for about 20 years, and then you have guys like Luck who play for 7. If you’re a team looking for a new starter, do you take a chance on a veteran past his prime (Joe Flacco, for example) or take a young buck who hasn’t proven it yet? Do you hitch your wagon to Drew Lock or Ryan Fitzpatrick? I don’t think it will necessarily come to that, especially at the QB position where players can play for a long time.

      There was a time in Major League Baseball where old starters hung around forever as spot starters, middle relievers, or even closers to prolong their careers. Now MLB is trending younger. But it’s possible that we could see more Ryan Fitzpatricks if guys like, say, Andrew Luck or Jimmy Garoppolo succumb to injury problems.

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