Robert Mathis says Colts' finale will be his last National Football League game

Robert Mathis says Colts' finale will be his last National Football League game”

Once told he was "too small" to make it in the NFL, Mathis went onto become a Super Bowl XLI Champion, 1x 1st-Team All-Pro, 1x 2nd-Team All-Pro, 6x Pro Bowler, AFC Defensive Player of the Year, and NFL Sacks Leader in Indianapolis. "I've been around locker rooms with Johnny Unitas on forward and that man right there (pointing to Mathis) is one of the best football players I have ever seen".

If Mathis can get one last "going away" sack to pass Freeney, his case for Canton may be settled.

Colts star Robert Mathis will retire after Sunday's game vs Jacksonville. He has 122 career sacks - tied for 18th place all-time in the NFL. It will be weird for Colts fans next season, when Mathis isn't on the field anymore. "The game has been good to me, I want to pay it forward, I want to leave it better than I found it and I want to help the younger guys".

Mathis is a six-time Pro Bowler with the Colts, which he completed in six straight seasons from 2008-2013.

Here's hoping he can add at least one more sack to his total career count against the Jaguars to end his illustrious career just how he started it-taking down quarterbacks with vengeance. Mathis has four sacks this season, and he missed two games with a bicep injury.

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

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.

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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