Robert Mathis to be put in Colts' Ring Of Honor
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indianapolis Colts will add career sacks leader Robert Mathis to their Ring of Honor this year. The team announced Monday that the induction ceremony will take place Nov. 22 when the Colts host the Green Bay Packers. Mathis played his entire 14 season NFL career in Indianapolis and was best known for his chop to jar balls loose from quarterbacks. He finished his career with a franchise-record 123 sacks, 17th all time, and a league-record 47 strip sacks. He was the inaugural Deacon Jones Award winner in 2013 and was named an All-Pro that season after leading the NFL with 19½ sacks. Mathis played most of his career opposite longtime friend Dwight Freeney, the most recent Ring of Honor inductee, and was selected to six Pro Bowls. He won two AFC titles, earned one Super Bowl ring and was received the team's Ed Block Courage Award in 2011. Mathis, who played his college ball at Alabama A&M, retired following the 2016 season but returned to the Colts as a consultant and assistant coach. He will be the 17th inductee, joining six former teammates, Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and president/general manager Bill Polian, who traded up to get Mathis in the 2003 draft.