By: Joshua ReeseBy Joshua Reese

Two seasons removed from a 19.5 sack year, Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis announced that he will retire after the teams’ finale on Sunday.

“Huge, huge amount of respect for Robert Mathis,” left tackle Duane Brown told “Extremely talented player, first ballot hall of famer in my eyes, gave me headaches for years, but a good dude off the field, great competitor, I really hate to see him go.”

When Brown was asked about some of the battles he and Mathis had throughout the years, he smiled and chuckled.

“In my younger years, it was kind of one-sided,” Brown said.

The Texans left tackle has played the Colts 18 times and more often than he’s been the man that stood between Mathis and a sack.

“That was one game that was always circled on my calendar because I knew I had to bring my A-game,” Brown said. “We battled a lot, the last five years or so it’s been a good two-sided battle where I got him a lot, he got me sometimes, no trash talking just complete battles every time.”

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