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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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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.

Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis finally returned to the field Monday night against the New York Jets after a year out with an Achilles injury, but his road to recovery was tougher than anyone expected.

Mathis confirmed reports that he underwent 10 surgeries since he tore his Achilles during the offseason last year.

“I got put to sleep,” Mathis told Stephen Holder of the Indy Star on Friday. “I got cut 10 times. If it’s a surgery, it’s never minor.”

Complications in the linebacker’s recovery forced him to undergo multiple surgeries.

“Had a little infection, but it’s water under the bridge. We’re back now,” he said.

The 34-year-old overcame the setbacks and returned to the field a year later.

“It was frustrating and I had to work,” Mathis said. “I had to grind. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I was blessed enough to be able to be in position to be back out here.”

The Colts eased Mathis back in with limited snaps in his first game, but will expand his role quickly with the team recording only one sack in its first two games.

“We’ll start to amp that up,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “He felt great coming out of (the game).”