By Laurentius Murenga

The INDIANAPOLIS Colts safety announced on Wednesday that Khari Willis age 26, is retiring from the NFL to pursue a future in ministry via an  Instagram post.

He wrote “, With much prayer and deliberation, I have elected to officially retire 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 of my family, friends and those who have supported me on this journey thus far and I look forward to your continued support through the next phase of my life. I am both humbled and excited to pursue the holy call that God has for my life which brings me much joy and purpose. Thank you all for your support over the years …”

He sums up his career with an impressive number of 219 tackles and four interceptions while starting 33 out of the 39 games. “We’re thankful and appreciative of Khari’s contributions to the Colts both on and off the field over the last three seasons. Khari’s character, leadership, and professionalism will be missed in our locker room. I admire and respect his decision to transition into the next stage of his life and ministry and my prayers will always be with him,” coach Frank Reich said in a statement.

The Colts had already addressed the safety position some in the offseason. They signed veteran Rodney McLeod in free agency and selected Maryland’s Nick Cross with the 96th overall pick in this year’s draft. McLeod likely has the inside track to start at Willis’ spot, with Cross as the projected long-term starter there.

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