Former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Matt Slauson seems pretty set on calling it quits. With the veteran NFL blocker now set to run off into the sunset of retirement, it appears as though Slauson has absolutely no interest in hanging around the professional ranks in any capacity going forward.
SiriusXM NFL’s Alex Marvez reported the following over the weekend with Slauson making it pretty clear that he needs some time away from the game.
OL Matt Slauson tells @SiriusXMNFL he was offered an "incredible opportunity" to join @Colts coaching staff by Frank Reich & Chris Ballard but declined because he wants to spend more time w/his family post-retirement. Hopes to re-visit that possibility down the road @ZigFracassi
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 9, 2019
Slauson previously announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram, leading to the Colts’ apparent interest in adding him to the team’s coaching staff.
“It has been 10 year amazing years. 4 organizations, and countless friendships,” he wrote on Instagram. “What an amazing dream this has all been. Thanks to all my teammates who have gone into battle with me, the group of coaches that have made me better on and off the field, the fans that were there no matter what, and especially my wife and kids who supported me through it all. It has been a very difficult decision but we are excited for what the next chapter holds.”
Slauson notably ended his Colts tenure on injured reserve after being diagnosed with two broken vertebrae. Prior to arriving in Indianapolis ahead of the 2018-19 season, Slauson suited up for the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, and Los Angeles Chargers along the way. He was originally selected by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Nebraska.
Slauson also started 113 of his 116 career appearances atop the highest level.