Robert Mathis Retiring After 13 Seasons with Colts
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 01, 2017,
Jan 01, 2017, 0:15
He said that it's time to listen to his body.
"All that he does inside this building and all that he does outside this building for the community, he is a warrior, they don't make them like that", coach Chuck Pagano said.
"I've been around this game for 42 years", Irsay said inside the home locker room. "I bleed blue through and through". It will be weird for Colts fans next season, when Mathis isn't on the field anymore. It will provide a bit more meaning in an otherwise meaningless game, as the Colts will want to send one of their leaders out with a win.
"Since 2003, you guys, you've embraced me".
Over his 14-year career, Mathis has accounted for over 500 tackles, 122 sacks, and forced 51 fumbles while recovering 16 fumbles - three of which he returned for touchdowns.
The Jags wrap up the season with a roadie against divisional rivals, the Indianapolis Colts. When he plays this Sunday, he'll tie Justin Snow for the seventh-most games with the Colts in franchise history (with 192). He's also racked up 524 tackles, 15 passes defensed, and an interception.
Mathis is a six-time Pro Bowler with the Colts, which he completed in six straight seasons from 2008-2013.
Now, he is assured of spot in that stadium's Ring of Honor.
Along with Freeney, Mathis helped form one of the best pass rushing tandems in National Football League history-helping to lead the Colts to a Super Bowl XLI Championship in 2006. He been a team leader and captain, and he was a great pass rusher in his day.
He is seventh in franchise history in games played, and joins icons Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne as the players who turned out for the Colts for 14 seasons.