• Ed Gaines

Colts Starting Safety Khari Willis Retires to Pursue Ministry

Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis is retiring from the NFL after just three seasons.

The 26-year-old is giving up pro football to go into the ministry.

Willis announced his retirement Wednesday on Instagram. He thanked the Colts for “granting me the opportunity to compete” and explained that with “much prayer and deliberation” he wanted to devote the rest of his life to “the further advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Willis was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft out of Michigan State and took over as the Colts starting strong safety midway through his rookie year. He finishes his brief career In Indianapolis with 219 tackles, four interceptions and 3 1/2 sacks. In college, he was a three-time Academic All-American for the Spartans and also served as team captain in 2018.

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