Not all Indianapolis Colts fans booed Andrew Luck as he came off the field Saturday night, not long after news of his retirement broke. But that moment will be remembered for a long time.
And new Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett expressed what many thought of that moment.
"Yeah, it sucked. It’s like, you don’t want to hear that,” Brissett said during his news conference Monday. “Especially a guy like that who’s done as much as he’s done and what he’s been through? Even before I got here and talking to him and hearing those stories, nah."
Luck said the fans’ reaction to him coming off the field hurt. Brissett said he wanted Luck to be able to handle the news as he wanted, which was scheduled to be at a formal news conference on Sunday. But the news was leaked on Saturday during the Colts’ preseason game, which led to the instant reaction from some of the fans.
Jacoby Brissett shocked by Andrew Luck’s decision
Brissett goes into a tough situation. He takes over for a team that had Super Bowl hopes, but those expectations changed dramatically after Luck’s injury.
“I was shocked,” Brissett said. “Y’all wouldn’t be here if you weren’t shocked either.”
Brissett said he was surprised by his friend’s decision, but he did get advance notice. He and Luck spoke on Friday about Luck’s decision.
“He was like, smiling at the end,” Brissett said. “That’s what helped me gain clarity and an understanding of the situation, seeing him smile. I wish him the best.
“As a friend, you want him to be happy. You want him to be at peace.”
Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett together
Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett together
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett, right, talks with quarterback Andrew Luck during an NFL football practice Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck, right, and Jacoby Brissett drop back to throw on the first day of practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck (12) and Jacoby Brissett throw during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck (12) and Jacoby Brissett (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Indianapolis. Reich and his staff spend hours meticulously poring through game tapes, crunching numbers and plotting strategy each week. There’s a meeting every Friday with the team’s two analytics experts, where everything from over-under projections to weather conditions are discussed.(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts talks with Jacoby Brissett #7 in the first quarter against the Houston Texans during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts laughs with teammate quarterback Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts during warmups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 16: Head Coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts watches the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WESTFIELD, INDIANA - JULY 25: Andrew Luck #12 and Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts drop back for a pass during the Colts' training camp at Grand Park on July 25, 2019 in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del viernes 26 de julio de 2019, el quarterback de los Colts de Indianápolis, Andrew Luck (12), lanza pases con el suplente Jacoby Brissett (7) durante una práctica en el campamento de entrenamiento del equipo de la NFL en Westfield, Indianápolis. (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, Archivo)
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Brissett goes into the spotlight
Brissett isn’t incapable. On the list of NFL backup quarterbacks, he ranked high. We’ll see what he can do as the full-time starter, but Colts coach Frank Reich is confident.
We’ve seen backups take over before and have surprising success. Brissett had some good moments in 2017 when Luck missed the entire season. Now it’s his time, and he can establish himself as the Colts’ quarterback of the future. Not that he needed any more pressure this season.