Indianapolis Colts tackle/guard Joe Reitz these days announced that he is retiring from the NFL. 

“I’m privileged to have had the chance to coach Joe for 5 seasons right here in Indianapolis,” stated Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He stood out as a selfless player who was respected by his teammates in addition to becoming a tremendous loved ones man. As a native of the Indianapolis region, Joe produced an influence on the neighborhood he grew up in. He demonstrated how 1 must conduct himself on and off the field and all Hoosiers and Colts fans alike must be proud of the way he represented himself. We are thankful for Joe’s contributions to this organization and want him the finest moving forward.”


Reitz played in 73 games (44 begins) in six seasons (2010-16) with the Colts. The versatile offensive lineman saw action at left guard, proper guard, left tackle and proper tackle throughout his profession. Reitz also began 3 postseason contests for the group. Prior to Indianapolis, he spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2010) and Baltimore Ravens (2008-09). Reitz initially signed with the Ravens as an undrafted absolutely free agent in 2008 just after playing collegiate basketball at Western Michigan.


In 2016, Reitz saw action in 13 games (six begins) and blocked for a Colts offense that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game (262.six), seventh in points scored (397) and 10th in yards per game (364.four). He helped pave the way for operating back Frank Gore who logged the team’s initially 1,000-yard rushing season dating back to 2007. In 2015, Reitz competed in all 16 games for the initially time in his profession and produced 14 begins at unique positions (10 at proper tackle, two at left tackle and two at proper guard).


Reitz was named the recipient of Indianapolis’ 2015 Ed Block Courage Award. One particular of the most active Colts players in the neighborhood, the Fishers, Ind. native is really passionate about supporting his fellow Hoosiers and is heavily involved in charitable endeavors in the higher Indianapolis area. He has hosted youth football camps at Hamilton Southeastern Higher College, St. Louis de Montfort Catholic College and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel, Ind. Reitz worked with the Knights of Columbus to host a Particular Olympics mini combine at the Colts practice facility in February of 2015. He has visited Riley Hospital for Young children to meet with sufferers throughout the vacation season. For the final 4 years, Reitz and his wife have hosted a Tackling Homelessness Occasion for Horizon Property. He is active in Christian outreach efforts and Indianapolis CYO applications. Reitz has served as a guest speaker for All Pro Dad’s Chapter Breakfast at Hazel Dell Elementary College and at Coburn Place’s Blue Breakfast. He also study to students as element of the Colts Day in Schools occasion and was a reader for Study Across America Week.


In 2014, Reitz competed in 10 games (4 begins) and was element of an offensive line that assisted the group in setting a single-season franchise record for net yards (six,506). He also began all 3 postseason contests at proper tackle. In 2013, Reitz played in 14 games (3 begins) on the offensive line and assisted Indianapolis in averaging 108.9 rushing yards per game, the team’s highest total because 2006. He competed in nine games (eight begins) in 2012. In 2011, Reitz appeared in 11 games (nine begins). He spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2010.



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