Announcing his retirement on Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts starting strong safety Khari Willis said goodbye to the NFL. After starting 34 games over the last three seasons as an undrafted fourth-rounder, Willis announced the news on Instagram.

Halfway through his rookie season, Willis, the team’s fourth-round 2019 selection at strong safety, was promoted to the starting lineup. After playing in 39 games, he finished his career with 219 tackles and four interceptions.

The Colts have already made several offseason changes at safety. Both Rodney McLeod and Nick Cross were taken in this year’s NBA draft with the 96th overall choice. Cross is expected to be the long-term starter in McLeod’s place, with the inside track going to McLeod.

What Khari Willis said of his NFL retirement

“I’d first like to thank the Indianapolis Colts organization for granting me the opportunity to compete in the National Football League the past three years,” Willis wrote in a statement. “I’ve built lifelong relationships with numerous teammates, coaches and support staff that have impacted me greatly. The lessons that I’ve learned in this phase of my life will be valuable for me in my next chapter.

“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. 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.”

Khari Willis via Instagram