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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”

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A frustrating two-year stretch has done nothing to temper Jim Irsay’s expectations with a generational talent leading the way under center.

Relaying his rock-solid confidence to a town hall of season-ticket holders Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts owner wasn’t shy about outlining the goal of multiple Super Bowl titles during Andrew Luck‘s career.

“I’ve said it before – we’re into plural Lombardis,” Irsay said, according to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star. “That’s what our goal is. And I’ll be damned if we don’t go out and get them.”

The Colts got off to a phenomenal start after selecting Luck as the No. 1 overall pick back in 2012, posting three consecutive 11-5 seasons and advancing one round further in the playoffs each year.

Now having made a long-awaited change in the front office, hiring Chris Ballard away from the Kansas City Chiefs to replace Ryan Grigson as general manager, the club will look to bounce back from consecutive playoff absences and begin heading back in that direction.

Luck was playing the best football of his young career before an unfortunate run of injury issues, completing 61.7 percent of passes for 4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions in 2014. He showed signs of returning to that form last season, and the hope will be that a January surgery to correct lingering shoulder issues will have him at 100 percent this year.

Going on to capture two titles with Luck at the helm would see the Colts double up on their current franchise total. The most recent came at the end of the 2006 season, when Luck predecessor and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears.

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay spent plenty of time talking about his star quarterback while taking center stage at a fan event in London on Saturday.

Though Irsay stated emphatically that there are no long-term concerns with Andrew Luck‘s sore throwing shoulder, he did concede that adjustments to his playing style are imperative to him avoiding injury in the years to come.

“He has to change the way he plays, only because it’s just natural that he is not a 22-year-old kid at Stanford who could play tight end or quarterback,” Irsay said, according to Mike Wells of ESPN. “He has to understand – and he learned from the Denver game – the importance of staying on the field. I think honing his game is the key. There isn’t any sort of chronic shoulder injury or something like that.”

Luck’s practice reps have been limited throughout the first few weeks of the season, raising some concerns as to whether the shoulder issues would linger.

Hinting that the injury was further aggravated on a tackle attempt following a Week 2 interception, the owner said he’d much rather Luck mail it in and avoid any such contact.

“Look, (Luck) throws the interception, he’s mad, I know,” Irsay said. “Do what Peyton did. Do a little fox trot and you don’t embarrass yourself. But you stay out of the fray. You don’t see Aaron Rodgers (do it). You don’t see quarterbacks get involved in those types of frays. That’s when tough things happen.”

Reigning in his competitive instincts likely isn’t something that can be done overnight. The good news for both Luck and the Colts, however, is that the quarterback doesn’t appear to have been affected by the injury thus far.

Luck has returned to his Pro Bowl form after a 2015 campaign in which he sat out all but seven games, and all indications are that his practice workload is the team’s way of keeping him fresh throughout the year.

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis set an indefinite timeline for his retirement on Sunday.

Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowler, is preparing for life after football upon entering his 14th professional campaign.

The veteran linebacker told ESPN’s Adam Schefter he’ll retire after quarterback Andrew Luck delivers him a Super Bowl ring.

Mathis helped the Colts capture Super Bowl XLI in 2007, defeating the Chicago Bears.

After securing a six-year extension worth $140 million this summer, Luck is facing another mandate from one of his longest-tenured teammates.

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The 2015 version of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was in stark contrast to the superstar that lit up his first three NFL seasons.

Luck’s season will likely be remembered for his injuries. He missed nine regular-season games due to shoulder and kidney injuries, but even when he was healthy, Luck played like one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks, a fact he admitted recently.

“Injuries aside, I was not playing very good football – before they happened,” Luck said to ESPN, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I’ve got to be better. Toward my last couple games I felt like I was playing much better, trending in the right direction.”

It’s still unclear when Luck was first injured last season, but during his first three games the 26-year-old threw seven interceptions and struggled with accuracy, causing many to speculate he was playing hurt.

After Luck returned in Week 6 against the New England Patriots, his play appeared to improve. He threw 10 touchdowns to five picks in the next four games, culminating in an outstanding performance against the Denver Broncosand their No.1-ranked defense.

Unfortunately, Luck sustained a lacerated kidney against Denver and missed the rest of the campaign, leaving questions unanswered about whether he’d truly taken a step back in his development.

The Colts, however, appear to have no concerns that Luck won’t return to form, as they’re expected to make him the NFL’s highest-paid player before training camp starts in July.

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The Indianapolis Colts and star quarterback Andrew Luck are making progress on a contract extension, with the deal expected to be agreed upon by July, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The contract is still expected to make Luck the highest-paid player in the league, meaning the deal will exceed Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco‘s average yearly salary of $22.13 million.

A mark of $25 million per year would be no surprise, according to Rapoport.

The Colts are reportedly seeking a five- or six-year extension, but apparently owner Jim Irsay was initially looking to do something much more unprecedented.

Irsay was hoping to get Luck to sign a 10-year contract, sources told Rapoport, essentially locking him down for all of his prime years.

However, the Colts backed off that idea, instead negotiating for the more common length of contract, which reportedly allowed the two parties to become closer in their expectations about the deal.

Luck’s disastrous 2015 campaign was dominated by turnovers, poor play, and injuries, but he’s still considered by many to be one of the top franchise passers in the league.

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It’s been over five months since it was reported that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck would miss two-to-six weeks with a lacerated kidney.

The Colts opened their voluntary offseason training program Monday and, while Luck was in attendance, the franchise quarterback admits he’s feeling better, but he’s still not yet fully healthy.

“I still have some work to do certainly,” Luck told Colts.com, when asked about his health. “That being said, you’re always working to get better. You’re always working to feel better. You’re always working to be in better shape, to be more physically fit, so that’s still a process.”

It’s not uncommon for players to become more patient with physical rehabilitation during the offseason in comparison to during the season. Luck has been sticking to the plan his trainers designed for him since the season ended.

“It’s been a process that we laid down in basically that first week after the season ended with our trainers and physical therapists coaches and myself,” said Luck. “We said, ‘Alright, here’s the plan. Here’s the plan basically until training camp starts and let’s follow this plan.’ It’s been a great plan so far. I feel really, really good.”

During the first phase of the offseason program, teams are limited to strength and conditioning activities and physical rehabilitation due to CBA restrictions. Luck won’t be allowed to throw passes as part of official team activities until the team’s mini-camp opens June 7.

Good news for Colts fans: He has another four-and-a-half months to get game-ready.