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Will Andrew Luck Join Dad Oliver in XFL?

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Without the blessing of the Indianapolis Colts, all of this becomes a moot point. But since owner Jim Irsay was nice enough to give Andrew Luck a $24.8 million retirement present, do not count out the possibility of the recently-retired four-time Pro Bowl quarterback joining the XFL in some capacity. With his father Oliver the Commissioner and CEO of the rebranded league that returns in February 2020, it would seem like a no-brainer PR move Vince McMahon’s project to attach the younger Luck for an immediate recognizable name and media boost.

At only 29 years of age, Luck shocked the sports world by walking away from a very impressive career and the winner of the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year after missing the previous campaign with a shoulder injury. Since being the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Luck has had his fair share of injuries besides the shoulder, also suffering (in chronological order) a lacerated kidney, partially torn abdominal muscle, torn cartilage in his ribs, a concussion and a calf strain.

A newlywed whose wife is expecting their first child, Luck made the tough decision with an announcement that included, “For the last four years or so, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing, and I’ve felt stuck in it. And the only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away.”

With that said, he very well could decide to ply his trade off the field and it would be feasible to think that Luck discussed this situation over in depth with his family – including his father – and what tomorrow may bring.

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The original incarnation of the XFL had many flaws, with big name recognition being one of them. For history to not repeat itself, the league plans on doing things differently this time around, but the lack of stars is something that comes with the territory in the sport of football outside of the NFL.

The language in the NFL Standard Player Contract states:

“Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury. Player represents that he has special, exceptional and unique knowledge, skill, ability, and experience as a football player, the loss of which cannot be estimated with any certainty and cannot be fairly or adequately compensated by damages. Player therefore agrees that Club will have the right, in addition to any other right which Club may possess, to enjoin Player by appropriate proceedings from playing football or engaging in football-related activities other than for Club or from engaging in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

So taking that at face value, it seems that this would prevent Luck from accepting any position with the XFL unless Irsay gives him permission.

Will that happen? There is a much better chance if Luck is looking to take a position in the league front office or as an ambassador rather than a player. Irsay can relate since he inherited the Colts from his father Robert and worked under him for 11 years before taking over. So a hypothetical situation is Luck asking his old boss if he could become his father’s apprentice, a la the Irsays. And if that did occur, perhaps Irsay could recoup some of the money he decided to let Luck keep.

It may not go over well with the Colts fans, who already booed Luck during a preseason game when the news broke, but it would be a noble move and one that may go a long way for someone like Irsay who has not exactly had the best reputation since he became a public figure.

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