Khari Willis, 26 years old, is retiring as Indianapolis Colts’ starting safety after 3 NFL seasons

Khari Willis, 26 years old, is retiring as Indianapolis Colts' starting safety after 3 NFL seasons

INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Colts Safety first Khari Willis He announced Wednesday that he will be retiring from the NFL after three seasons to pursue a career in ministry.

Willis, 26: “After much prayer and deliberation I have decided to officially retire from NFL as I attempt to devote the rest of my life towards the further advancement Gospel Jesus Christ.” wrote in an Instagram post. “I am grateful to my family, friends, as well as all who have supported me in this journey. I look forward for your continued support during the next phase.

“I feel both humbled as well as excited to fulfill the holy calling that God has given me for my life. It brings me joy and purpose. Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the years

Willis, a fourth round pick in 2019, was the team's starting safety halfway through his rookie season. He finished his career with 219 tackles, four interceptions and started 33 of the 39 games that he participated in.

Coach Frank Reich released a statement saying that they are grateful for Khari's contributions over the past three seasons to the Colts on and off the field. His character, leadership, professionalism, and play on Sundays will be missed by our locker room. I respect and admire his decision to move on to the next stage in his life and ministry. My prayers will always be with them.

The Colts had addressed safety issues in the offseason. They signed veteran Rodney McLeod Select agencies and free agency Maryland‘s Nick Cross This year's draft saw McLeod be the 96th overall choice. McLeod is likely to be the first to fill Willis' slot, with Cross expected as the long-term starter.

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