Colts DE Mathis announces retirement

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Defensive end Robert Mathis, one of only four Indianapolis Colts players to feature for 14 seasons with the franchise, has announced that he will retire after the regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday

The 35-year-old enters his last game with 122 career sacks, number 18 on the NFL's all-time list and the Colts career leader. He also is the NFL's all-time leader in strip-sacks, with 46.

"I came in as a winner," he told reporters. "I want to go out a winner."

Mathis needs a sack Sunday to have a chance to surpass friend and former team-mate Dwight Freeney, who he trails by a half-sack on the all-time list.

Mathis posted a video to his Instagram account to thank fans and tell them he's a "Colt for life."

 

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A video posted by Robert Mathis (@rmathis_the1st) on

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.

The 138th pick in the 2003 NFL Draft., Mathis liked to call himself "an original Lucas Oil Stadium bricklayer." 

Now, he is assured of spot in that stadium's Ring of Honor.