Colts Veteran OLB Robert Mathis Retiring From NFL

Long-time Colts OLB Robert Mathis announced Friday that he’s retiring from the NFL after 14 seasons in the league.

“I think we all know the reason we’re here,” Mathis told reporters today, per Mike Chappell. “This will be 98’s last game. Put a cap on a blessed career.”

Mathis thanked Colts’ fans in a video posted on his Instagram account:

🎉👍🏿✌🏿🎉😎😢 Love Y'all

A video posted by Robert Mathis (@rmathis_the1st) on

Mathis, 35, is a former fifth-round pick of the Colts back in 2003. He’s currently in the final years of his three-year, $17 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2016 season.

For his career, Mathis totaled 394 tackles, 122 sacks, 53 forced fumbles, 16 recoveries, 53 pass defenses, one interception and three defensive touchdowns for the Colts. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro back in 2013.


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