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Robert Mathis to be inducted into Colts Ring of Honor next season

Mathis was supposed to be inducted in 2020, but it was pushed back because of the pandemic.
Credit: AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts will add career sacks leader Robert Mathis to their Ring of Honor this year. The team announced Monday the induction ceremony will take place Nov. 22 when the Colts host the Green Bay Packers.

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium. The ceremony will happen on Sunday, Nov. 28 when the team hosts Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mathis was supposed to be inducted in 2020, but it was pushed back because of the pandemic.

Mathis played 14 seasons with the Colts and was the team's all-time sack leader. His numbers stack out at 604 tackles, 123 sacks, 52 forced fumbles and 17 fumble recoveries. His 47 sack-forced fumbles are a league record.

“From a fifth-round pick from a small college to one of the most effective and feared defensive players in the NFL, Robert Mathis was a centerpiece of the historic Colts teams of the last two decades,” said Jim Irsay, Colts owner and CEO. “He was undersized and underrated, but he made up for it with a motor that wouldn’t quit and a flawless technique that outmatched the most talented lineman in the league. And to watch him strip-sack the quarterback – which he did better and more than anyone in NFL history – was a thing of beauty. What’s more, Robert has stayed connected to the Horseshoe and has helped guide and teach our next generation of players. We are so proud that his name and his Hall of Fame-worthy career will be celebrated and remembered in Indianapolis from this day forward.”

Mathis retired at the end of the 2016 season.