Phillip Dorsett reacts to former teammate Andrew Luck's sudden retirement: 'I thought it was a joke'

Ryan Hannable
August 25, 2019 - 8:25 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Andrew Luck surprised the football world when he suddenly announced his retirement Saturday night.

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While Luck played against the Patriots for years, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett knew him better than anyone on the New England roster since he played in Indy for three seasons. In fact, Dorsett said Luck was the first player to reach out to him following being drafted in 2015.

“I was shocked. I thought it was a joke,” Dorsett said of hearing the news. "But then I saw it come on the ticker and was like, ‘Oh, it’s serious.’”

He added: “As soon as I got drafted, he texted me just saying he can’t wait to get me in and get going. I still remember that to this day. We always worked extra just trying to get that camaraderie. He was always a joy to be around.”

Dorsett said he would reach out to his former quarterback, but would wait for things to settle down. He understood what he was going through with all the injuries, as he was able to see it first hand.

“I can’t sit here and say I know what he was going through because nobody does. But I know it was tough on him. I know he didn’t want to walk away," he said. “But he had to do what he had to do for himself.”

The former Colts wide receiver wasn't the only one wishing Luck well inside the Patriots locker room.

“His contributions to this league should be noted and celebrated," special teams captain Matthew Slater said.

Luck's retirement does benefit former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett since he will now assume the starting role for the Colts.

"He'll always have our support," Slater said. "He was one of us. Once you're one of us, you'll always be one of us."

The Patriots do not play the Colts this season. 

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