Frank Reich reacts to Khari Willis retiring from NFL so he could pursue ministry

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Frank Reich reacts to Khari Willis retiring from NFL so he could pursue ministry

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich thanked Khari Willis for the contributions he had made during his time with the Colts and wished him all the best in his post-football life. This week, 26-year-old safety Willis announced a shock retirement from the NFL after just three seasons.

In his announcement message, Willis revealed he is qutting football to pursue a future in ministry. "We're thankful and appreciative of Khari's contributions to the Colts both on and off the field over the last three seasons," coach 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."

Reich wishes Willis all the best in his pursuit of ministry

"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 wrote on Instagram.

"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." Willis attended the Lumen Christi Catholic High School and played college football at Michigan State. In the 2019 NFL draft, the Colts selected Willis in the fourth round.

For much of his time in the NFL, Willis was a starting safety. Willis appeared in 39 games - made 33 starts - recorded 219 tackles and four interceptions. This offseason, the Colts signed veteran safety Rodney McLeod. Also, the Colts drafted safety Nick Cross with the 96th overall pick.