New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 18: Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands after the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

We all know that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick does not have a MyFace, SnapFace, or InstantFace account.

But based on his answer to a question about Andrew Luck’s retirement, Belichick might not even own a television.

Asked about the football story that’s dominated headlines throughout the weekend and into Monday morning, the 67-year-old coach said that he did not see that Luck had decided to call it a career at just 29 years old.

“He’s a good player,” Belichick said of Luck. “I didn’t see that [he retired], but I don’t really follow them.”

This probably has to be up there for the most Belichickian answer of all time, right?

To not know that Luck, the face of the franchise for one of New England’s greatest rivals, had retired seemingly borders on insanity. It’s so outlandish that I almost don’t believe it, and actually believe that Belichick was among the first to call or text Luck after the news broke on Saturday night. (That was probably the case, really, and Belichick doesn’t feel like sharing that part of his life with us.) But the idea that Belichick legitimately did not know is entirely believable at the same time, even more so when you consider what’s going through his brain with a massive roster cutdown looming.

And though the announcement was apparently news to him, Belichick had nothing but respect for Luck’s decision.

“We all have to make our decisions,” Belichick added. “[Luck] made his. I respect it.”

(Update: For what it’s worth, the Patriots clarified Belichick’s answer when they released their official transcript from Belichick’s media session, saying that Belichick meant to say that he didn’t see Luck’s retirement coming.)

Belichick and the Patriots went 6-0 against Luck, including two playoff victories, during Luck’s seven-season NFL ride.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.