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Robert Mathis says he’ll retire after 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts

Robert Mathis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Robert Mathis says he’ll retire at the end of the season.

The Colts made the announcement on Twitter. Mathis spent 14 seasons with the Colts and is the franchise’s all-time sacks leader with 122.

Mathis told reporters Friday that he’s “been fortunate” to have such a long career in the NFL. He had a long list of people to thank, including owner Jim Irsay, former Colts GM Bill Polian and current GM Ryan Grigson.

He’ll play his last game with the Colts Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“This is a joyous moment. It’ll be weird not putting a jersey on,” Mathis said of retirement.

He told reporters he made his decision before the Green Bay Packers game.

“It’s time to step aside. The game’s been good to me,” he said. “I want to pay it forward. I don’t want to limp away.”

Mathis has spent his entire NFL career with the Colts, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. He spent 14 seasons with the team, second only to John Unitas’ 17 seasons. He was part of the team that won Super Bowl XLI and terrorized opposing quarterbacks with former teammate Dwight Freeney.

Mathis posted a video on Instagram Friday thanking fans:

🎉👍🏿✌🏿🎉😎😢 Love Y'all

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