Former NFL quarterback Andrew Luck has returned to football as a coach at Palo Alto High School in California.
The former Indianapolis Colts star unexpectedly retired from the field during the 2019 preseason at the age of 29.
Since then, 34-year-old Luck has begun a master’s degree at his alma mater, Stanford.
And earlier this year, he contacted Palo Alto, located across the street from Stanford’s football stadium, to inquire about joining the school’s coaching staff.
The former No. 1 overall NFL pick attends two practices per week and spends the entire Monday session with the junior varsity team The Mercury News.
“It’s great to have someone of this caliber on your team,” Palo Alto coach Dave DeGeronimo said.
“The kids love it.”
Luck reportedly didn’t need much time to familiarize himself with the team’s game plan.
“The first week he got here, he came in not knowing any of our plays,” quarterback Declan Packer said.
“The next day he comes, he knew every single move.
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“It was crazy – he knows everything about football.”
Luck was twice named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and twice finished second in Heisman Trophy voting at Stanford.
In the NFL, he completed 2,000 of his 3,290 pass attempts and threw for 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns in 86 regular-season games.
But injuries and mental fatigue led him to hang up his cleats after just seven NFL seasons.
“When I looked in the mirror, there were some things I didn’t like about myself,” the four-time Pro Bowler said, explaining his decision last year.
“I was self-absorbed, withdrawn, in pain and feeling pressure.”