Knowing When To Quit

September 3, 2019

When do you know it’s time to quit? Perhaps it’s when you know you’re too tired or too hungry to think properly. It’s smart to listen to your body to know exactly when it’s time to quit. But when do you throw in the towel if you’re a professional athlete at the height of your career? When do you quit and when do you keep pushing yourself? Two professional football players knew it was time to retire after listening to their minds and bodies.

Andrew Luck Photo Credit:Jeffrey Beall [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]
Rob Gronkowski Photo Credit: By Jeffrey Beall – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64073235

Recently, twenty-nine-year-old Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement and walked away from a $140 million contract. Why? Because he listened to his body. After sustaining many injuries, his body was in a constant state of pain or recovery. He knew it was time to quit when he no longer felt he was ever one hundred percent. New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, otherwise known as “Gronk,” also left football earlier this year at the age of twenty-nine after winning his third Super Bowl ring. Why leave when he was obviously so good at it? Similar to Luck, his body needed to recover, and mentally he just didn’t enjoy football anymore. When asked if he’d consider going back to playing professional football, he said he’d only return if he had the passion and fire for playing the sport again.

When do you know it’s time to quit?