Khari Willis is hanging up his cleats after 3 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. Injuries or a lack of production do not appear to have played into the decision with Willis appearing in 39 games over those seasons with 33 starts. Willis is 26-years-old.

“I’d first like to thank the Indianapolis Colts organization for granting me the opportunity to compete in the National Football League,” Willis wrote via Instagram. “The lessons that I’ve learned in this phase of my life will be valuable for me in my next chapter.

“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…Thank you all for your support over the years.”


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Willis joined Indianapolis as a 4th-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after a strong career for Michigan State. During the 2021 season, Willis was the 5th leading tackler for the Colts with 63 total tackles.

For his career, Willis posted 219 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 1 touchdown in the NFL. As a Spartan, Willis contributed 189 total tackles, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions and 13 passes defended over a 4-year career.