After just three NFL seasons, Khari Willis is walking away from the sport.
The Colts safety announced his retirement on Wednesday via Instagram.
“I would like to thank the Indianapolis Colts organization for the opportunity to compete in the National Football League for the past three years,” Willis wrote in a statement. “I’ve built lifelong relationships with numerous teammates, coaches and support staff that have impacted me greatly. The lessons that I learned in this phase of my life will be valuable to me in my next chapter.
“With much prayer and deliberation, I have officially retired from the NFL as I endeavor to devote the remainder of my life to the further advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I thank all my family, friends and those who have supported me. I am both humbled and excited to pursue the holy call that God has for my life which brings me so much joy and purpose. for your support over the years. “
The Colts accepted Willis’ retirement and expressed his gratitude for his contributions.
“We’re thankful and appreciative of Khari’s contributions to the Colts both on and off the field the last three seasons,” Colts coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “Khari’s character, leadership, and professionalism will be missed in our locker room as he plays on Sundays. I admire and respect his decision to transition to the next stage of his life and ministry and my prayers will always be with him.”
Willis arrives in Indianapolis via a fourth-round pick out of Michigan State in 2019, appearing in 14 games (nine starts) in his first season. He started all 14 games in which he played in 2020, recording two interceptions, six passes defensed and 85 tackles before rounding out his brief career with another 11 games (10 starts), two more interceptions and 63 tackles in 2021. 2020 stands as his The best professional season according to Pro Football Focus, which gave him a defensive grade of 70.5.
Instead of continuing his on-field pursuits, Willis will continue to make an even greater impact on his gridiron off the gridiron.