Colts' starting strong safety Khari Willis announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. Willis, a 2019 fourth-round pick who started in 34 games over the past three seasons, made the announcement via his Instagram account.
In a statement, Willis says he is retiring to devote the remainder of his life to advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A Michigan native, Willis played collegiately at Michigan State, where he was named a team captain in 2018. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who graduated with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science, with an emphasis on community governance and advocacy.
Willis made nine starts in 14 games during the 2019 season. He remained in the starting lineup in 2020 and received 10 starts in 2021. He tallied four interceptions with the Colts along with 11 passes defended, 3.5 sacks and 219 tackles. His two interceptions last season game against Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.