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Current and former Colts congratulate Robert Mathis after he announces retirement

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Earlier today, Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis officially announced his retirement from the NFL, saying that this Sunday’s game will be his final one with the Colts.

He’s had an incredibly impressive career with the Colts after being selected in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, playing 14 years with the franchise and becoming the Colts’ all-time sack leader and the NFL’s all-time leader in strip-sacks. When he plays in Sunday’s game, he’ll tie Justin Snow for the seventh-most games with the Colts with 192.

He’ll go down as one of the greats in Colts franchise history, and he’ll no doubt get his name in the Ring of Honor one day. He’s been a very good pass rusher and a team leader, but it’s clear that he’s not as effective as he once was, and with him being a free agent this offseason, he decided that it’s time to hang it up and take care of his body. After he announced his decision, the congratulations came flooding in from current and former Colts:

Congratulations on a heck of a career, Robert Mathis!