By Anthony Caruso III | Editor
Khari Willis has a higher calling. He retired from the NFL.
He spent the last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had been the Colts starting strong safety since his rookie season.
“With much prayer and deliberation, I have chosen to officially retire from the NFL as I strive to dedicate the rest of my life to furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Willis wrote. , 26, in an Instagram post. “I thank all of my family, friends and those who have supported me on this journey thus far and look forward to your continued support throughout the next phase of my life.
“I am both humbled and excited to pursue the holy calling God has for my life, which brings me great joy and purpose. Thank you all for your support over the years…”
He was selected in the fourth-round draft by the Colts in the 2019 NFL Draft. During the offseason, the team signed former Philadelphia Eagles starting guard Rodney McLeod.
The team also drafted Nick Cross in the April draft for that position.
“We are grateful and appreciate Khari’s contributions to the Colts on and off the field over the past three seasons,” coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “We will miss Khari’s character, leadership and professionalism in our locker room, as will his play on Sunday. I admire and respect his decision to take the next step in his life and ministry and my prayers will always be with him.
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