NFL Player Khari Willis, 26, Retires to ‘Advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ’

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NFL starter Khari Willis has played for only three years with the Indianapolis Colts, but he abruptly announced his retirement.

Willis intends to become a minister and follow a new calling to serve Jesus Christ, he says.

“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,” the 26-year-old pro athlete wrote.

“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.”

Head Coach Frank Reich said he respects Willis’ decision. has his respect.

“We’re thankful and appreciative of Khari’s contributions to the Colts both on and off the field over the last three seasons,” 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.”

Willis was drafted in the fourth round out of Michigan State.

He immediately became a starter during his rookie season.

Starting with a base salary of $850,000, Willis was expected to earn many millions playing in the NFL.

Willis ended his career with 219 tackles and four interceptions.

“I am both humbled and excited to pursue the holy call that God has for my life which brings me much joy and purpose,” he said. “Thank you all for your support over the years.”