Reactions after Robert Mathis' retirement announcement

Doyle BarkerJan 01, 2017

He came out of Alabama A&M and was a fifth-round pick.

"It's time to step aside", Mathis said Friday, via the Indy Star.

"Since 2003, you guys, you've embraced me". "I'm a Colt, I'm a blue-blood".

After 14 years of terrorizing and harassing opposing quarterbacks, Robert Mathis is calling it a career.

Mathis leaves behind a strong legacy, and will have a good case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Just to see if I could compete".

Mathis, the all-time leader in sacks for the Colts with 122 in his career, will go down as arguably the best pass rusher in franchise history and one of the great Indy draft steals of all time.

He will play in one final game this Sunday, when the Colts take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Jaguars. In 13 games this season, he has 17 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, two pass defenses and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. "Stomp with the big dogs basically".

"I appreciate it to the utmost that they have given me the opportunity to play 14 seasons in one place".

He missed all of the 2014 season, first because of a four-game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs and then because of a torn Achilles.

Announcing his retirement on Friday, Mathis explained the emotional decision.

"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.

Mathis played in 18 playoff games and two Super Bowls with the Colts.

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.

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