By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Khari Willis has a higher calling. He has 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 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,” Willis, 26, wrote in an Instagram post. “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 was a fourth round draft pick by the Colts in the 2019 NFL Draft. In the off-season, the team signed former Philadelphia Eagles starting safety Rodney McLeod.
The team also drafted Nick Cross in April’s draft at the position.
“We’re thankful and appreciative of Khari’s contributions to the Colts both on and off the field over the last three seasons,” coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “Khari’s character, leadership, and professionalism will be missed in our locker room as will his play on Sundays. 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.”