On Wednesday, Colts G Matt Slauson announced via his Instagram account that he’s retiring from the NFL.
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It has been 10 year amazing years. 4 organizations, and countless friendships. What an amazing dream this has all been. Thanks to all my teammates who have gone into battle with me, the group of coaches that have made me better on and off the field, the fans that were there no matter what, and especially my wife and kids who supported me through it all. It has been a very difficult decision but we are excited for what the next chapter holds. #nyjets #beardown #boltup #colts
Slauson suffered a “significant” back injury last year that led to him being placed on injured reserve.
Slauson later told reporters that he broke two vertebrae in his spine and still managed played through it. Slauson found out after the game that he could have done serious damage and possibly have been paralyzed.
“I had no idea how close I was to changing my family’s life,” Slauson said, per Zak Keefer.
Slauson, 32, is a former sixth-round pick of the Jets back in 2009. He spent four years in New York before signing on with the Bears in 2013.
Slauson played out his two-year, $3 million contract with the Chargers before agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Colts this offseason.
In 2018, Slauson appeared in five games for the Colts.