If Luck Delivers Him a Super Bowl, Robert Mathis Will ‘Ride Off Into the Sunset’
According to ESPN, Indianapolis Colts veteran pass rusher Robert Mathis told reporter Lisa Salters that he will “ride off into the sunset” and retire should his star quarterback Andrew Luck deliver him another Super Bowl ring:
While the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game failed to deliver because in shocking fashion, it didn’t actually occur, this is one of the highlights of the evening that we may have otherwise not have gotten.
The 35 year old Mathis is set to enter his 14th NFL season and is coming off a season in which he had 7 sacks–just a year removed from a season-ending Achilles injury and multiple surgeries because of subsequent complications.
However, Mathis appeared to show that he still had some gas left in the tank, recording 3 sacks in the team’s final 3 games–showing flashes of his prior form.
Currently the Colts franchise’s all-time career sacks leader with 118 sacks, Mathis ranks 20th all-time on the NFL’s career sacks list.
He’s entering the last year of his Colts contract, which means that Mathis will likely need a productive season in order to remain with the team going forward.
However, if Mathis can add another Super Bowl ring to his Super Bowl XLI hardware, then he just may choose to call it a career all together–having been one of the best pass rushers in Colts franchise history and going out at as a champion.