(CNN)As word spread Saturday night that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring, some fans booed the four-time Pro Bowler after a preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
Some fans booed Andrew Luck for retiring. But the NFL community is showing him lots of love
But Luck received support from teammates and other NFL players, coaches and owners, who know firsthand the extent of the mental and physical toll a pro football career can bring.
"Andrew Luck will be somebody I tell my kids about. The person & the player. Respect Andrew #LTE," Colts tight end Eric Ebron tweeted Saturday night.
During his career, Luck suffered a lacerated kidney, a torn abdomen, torn cartilage, and a concussion.
Injuries had kept Luck, 29, from playing in the preseason, but fans at the game in Indianapolis were clearly upset about the news. Cameras caught one man even taking off his Luck jersey as the game ended.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't hear it," Luck told reporters afterward. "Yeah, it hurt."
James Irsay, the owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts, said at a press conference Saturday, "We have nothing but gratitude and thankfulness for the blood, sweat and tears he spilled as no. 12."
"Sheesh man, thank you for a great year last year my guy and helping me take my game further by practicing against you day in and day out! I wish you nothing but the best my guy! Out Andrewski!!! It was terrible how the fans booed a man who gave them so much‼️ Much respect, 12" tweeted Colts linebacker Darius Leonard.
"For those people that booed tonight, it's an emotional time, and I understand that, but this young man has done a lot for the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Colts," General Manager Chris Ballard said.
"You literally had to pinch yourself we had so much fun in every way, but there's no doubt when you hear [Luck] talk about the cycle of pain and injury and rehab, you could feel that; you could feel it take its toll," said head coach Frank Reich.
".... that's not an easy decision to make and they are booing.. that's some disrespectful sick sh*t..." former Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted.
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