Andrew Luck

Three years after retiring from the NFL, Andrew Luck’s former college coach made a surprising announcement about the quarterback’s future.

Luck’s former offensive coordinator and head coach at Stanford, David Shaw joined The Rich Eisen Show this week and revealed the former superstar quarterback is returning to his alma mater.

“He’s been done, but everybody still asks because he is so special, because he is so talented,” Shaw said of Luck’s NFL career. “He has moved on, he started grad school this fall, he just had baby number two, his life is great, he’s very content.”

Buried inside his commentary about Luck was the fact that Stanford’s former quarterback is returning to campus for grad school, more than a decade after he graduated with a degree in architectural design.

“Yeah, I don’t know if I was supposed to publicize that or not,” Shaw admitted to Eisen. “But yes. He’s starting grad school this fall, he and his wife Nicole are coming back out this way and he’s just gonna be around. He loves the Stanford environment and he and his family are gonna spend some time here and we can’t wait to be around him.”

“Absolutely,” Shaw added after being asked if students will be able to bump into Luck as he strolls around campus with his bookbag.

Luck shocked the world when he announced his retirement from the NFL three years ago at the age of 29. The former Indianapolis Colts quarterback was on a hall-of-fame trajectory, but after battling several severe injuries, Luck decided to stop playing following just seven seasons in the NFL. Although Luck has never shown any public interest in a comeback, NFL fans constantly play the “what if?” game regarding his career.

While this return might not fully satisfy those who remain hopeful about Luck making a football comeback someday, Stanford students and staff can certainly enjoy having one of the world’s best quarterbacks back on their campus.

[The Rich Eisen Show]

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