The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers didn’t wind up playing in the Hall of Fame game tonight, as instead there were festivities on the field that included the players from each team.
Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis did an interview with ESPN while on the field, and the 35-year old happened to mention to Lisa Salters that he will retire once Andrew Luck delivers him a Super Bowl ring. “Once he delivers me a ring,” Mathis said, “that’s when I’ll ride off into the sunset. Until then, I’m going to go as he goes.”
It was then that Salters preceded to troll Andrew Luck massively - with the quarterback standing right beside her! “Well you might be going a long time!” Salters said, to which Mathis tried to figure out what to say. “Hey... I’m going to go as he goes,” Mathis said.
Here’s the whole exchange:
Lisa Salters with the Andrew Luck shade...with Andrew Luck next to her. pic.twitter.com/bhh2yc6ukv— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) August 8, 2016
First of all, that’s a massive troll job by ESPN and Lisa Salters, and I find it hilarious. But secondly (and on a more serious note), Mathis admitted that he’ll retire when the Colts win a Super Bowl. This shouldn’t be entirely surprising for a 35-year old linebacker, but that means that in the hypothetical (and unlikely) scenario the Colts win the Super Bowl this year, the franchise’s all-time sack leader would retire. Of course, not every player can have a Peyton Manning-like ending and go out with a Super Bowl win, so it’s not guaranteed that Mathis will be able to play until he wins another ring. But it does mean that if the Colts win a title, that will be it for Mathis. Again, no surprise, but I believe it’s the first time we’ve heard him say it.