Jack Mewhort retires at age 26

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Colts offensive lineman Jack Mewhort announced his retirement today, at the age of 26 and after four seasons in the NFL.

“I would like to thank the Irsay family and the entire Colts organization for giving me the opportunity to live a childhood dream,” Mewhort said in a statement released by the team. “The fans and the city of Indianapolis have treated me like one of their own, and I am forever grateful. Wearing the Horseshoe was one of the biggest honors I have ever known, and I will always bleed blue. Go Colts!”

An All-American at Ohio State and a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Mewhort started 30 games in his first two NFL seasons. But he was limited to just 15 games in the last two seasons as he battled a series of injuries.

In June, Mewhort said that he expected to play at a high level this year, and there have been no reports of any setbacks with his knees. It’s unclear whether he’s having more knee problems, or if he has just decided to call ti a career.

25 responses to “Jack Mewhort retires at age 26

  1. Just an observation. NOT A COMPLAINT.

    I’m 20 years older and I have at minimum 13.5 more years. I’m most likely only made a fraction of his contract.

    So yeah I’d let my kids play football if they had the talent. I bet he got a free education out of playing football too. He’s well prepared for life outside of the NFL.

  2. Well it seems obvious that Nelson is going to start at this point, and maybe Braden Smith too, with a non-guaranteed playing time incentive based deal and another vet in Slauson now onboard he probably saw the writing on the wall.

    No point in beating yourself up in camp and preseason games & risking more injuries for no reason.

  3. Try hard guy that was just never really that good. Granted he gave the appearance he was a good player but that’s because the rest of the line was absolutely horrible.

  4. When Mewhort was healthy, he was a solid, above average G. Too bad that the injuries have set him back so far but I think he was listed as the 4th or 5th guard on the team now, having to fight just for a roster spot. Probably decided it wasn’t worth putting his body through more punishment just to be on the edge even if he did make it.

    Best of luck to him. Lots of life left to live.

  5. When you stop working at the age of 26 that is not called retiring, it’s called quitting or changing jobs. I highly doubt this no name is going to move down to Del Boca Vista phase 2 and wear his shoes in the pool like Frank Constanza After a game of bridge.

  6. burrito12 says:
    August 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    When you stop working at the age of 26 that is not called retiring, it’s called quitting or changing..
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    If it’s the end of his playing career then it is very much a retirement of sorts. To “retire” (in this context) isn’t just about ending your entire working life – it can also mean the permanent end of a type of career, or for that matter any other sort of final withdrawal from any particular situation. In this case he is retiring from the field of play as a pro. I suggest you and your fellow up-thumbers go and read a lot more books, expand your comprehension and use of English.

  7. I get it but there’s a time to retire and there a a time when your bailing on your teammates.

  8. burrito12 says:
    August 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    When you stop working at the age of 26 that is not called retiring, it’s called quitting or changing jobs. I highly doubt this no name is going to move down to Del Boca Vista phase 2 and wear his shoes in the pool like Frank Constanza After a game of bridge.

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    “No name” — I don’t follow the Colts at all, and I’m familiar with him. Doubt I’m alone. Also, way to rip on a guy for walking away from something that I’m fairly certain you could never have done if you lived multiple lifetimes.

    If I were an NFL player, pretty certain I would detest most of the people who watch the sport (more than I do already).

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