Insider Jim Ayello and columnist Gregg Doyel discuss Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement.
Clark Wade, Clark.Wade@Indystar.com
INDIANAPOLIS — As Andrew Luck spoke, Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard watched quietly from a folding chair at the side of a crowded room. A front-row seat to the end of an era.
Luck, the face of the franchise, was retiring and Ballard’s face couldn’t hide the toll that stunning news was taking.
He looked on with eyes slightly swollen, like he had been crying not long before entering the room.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if he had.
This day, this week has been an emotional roller coaster that Ballard couldn’t get off. Though they’d only spent a couple of years together, the general manager had grown close to his quarterback.
“It’s been an emotional week,” Ballard said. “I think everyone in here knows my relationship with Andrew.
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