INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement from the NFL today. The 10-year veteran has started all 144 career regular season and eight playoff games he has played for the Colts since being selected by the team in the first round (22nd overall) of the Draft. NFL 2011.
Statement by Anthony Castonzo:
“As a kid it was my dream to play in the NFL. I played my first full season of tackle football in second year. Now I have played my last. As I sit here now, after a 10 year career in the NFL, I am extremely proud of all the hard work and sacrifice that has allowed me to turn this dream into a goal, and ultimately into a reality other than everything I could have imagined.
More than anything, I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way, especially those who believed in me at times when I did not believe in myself. So thank you to the GMs who believed in me. Thank you to all the coaches who have taught me so much in my 25 years of football. Thanks to the fans who are so dedicated to the game we all love. Thank you to my teammates who have become friends and to those I now call brothers. Thank you to all of the strength coaches, coaches and medical staff who gave me the plan to build myself (and sometimes rebuild myself) to be the best player I can be. Thank you to all the support staff who helped make my daily work experience joyful. And thank you to my family who represent each of these things and more.
I was lucky to have been drafted by the Colts ten years ago. I have been even more fortunate to have spent my entire career here in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts are a special organization with special ownership that fills the organization with special people at all levels. I sincerely believe that it is the best organization of all sports. I have been fortunate to have been able to call myself Colt for ten years and will consider myself a Colt for the rest of my life.
I gave a lot to football, but it gave me a lot more. I close the book on the football chapter of my life, filled with memories and moments that I wouldn’t trade for anything. So thank you to football. ”
Statement from Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay:
“The Colts have been blessed with many talented offensive linemen throughout our rich history and Anthony Castonzo is among the best to represent the Horseshoe. For 10 seasons, Anthony consistently managed the top assistants at one of the toughest positions to play. He quickly became the leader of our offensive line and set a standard for preparation, strength, conditioning and play. Anthony deserves enormous credit for helping our offensive line become one of the best units in the NFL. He will be sadly missed, but we are very grateful for AC’s contribution to our organization and we congratulate him on this fantastic career. ”
Statement from Colts general manager Chris Ballard:
“Anthony has been a mainstay of this team for the past 10 seasons. He played one of the toughest positions in the game at an extremely high level for a long time. Anthony was a veteran leader in our locker room and will be sorely missed. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the Horseshoe. We love AC and know he will thrive in the next stage of his life. ”
Statement from Colts Head Coach Frank Reich:
“I was an assistant coach with the Colts when Anthony was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. From day one, I knew he would be a special player. Anthony has a brilliant mind and he was a technician both in the field and in the study of cinema. He’s a great leader who has put as much energy into improving his teammates as he has into improving his own game. I am grateful for the opportunity to watch him grow as a professional from the start of his career to the end. I wish him the best in his post-football career. ”
In 2020, Castonzo started 12 games and was part of an offensive line that was tied for second least sacks allowed (21.0). The Colts have recorded four games this season without allowing a sack, which was tied for fourth in the NFL. The offense also placed in the league’s top 10 in points per game (28.2, ninth), runs over 10 yards (64, sixth) and first tries per game (22 , 8, tied for 10th). Castonzo helped pave the way for running back Jonathan Taylor, who became just the fifth rookie in franchise history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. Taylor was third in the NFL in rushing yards (1,169) and scrimmage yards (1,468) this season.
In 2019, Castonzo started all 16 games for the sixth time in his career. He was part of the only NFL offensive line to start the same five offensive linemen in all 16 regular season games. The group was tied for ninth-least sacks allowed (32.0) in the league. Castonzo helped the Colts put up a top 10 offense for the first time since 2001 as the team boasted the league’s seventh rushing offense (133.1 yards per game). Indianapolis’ average of 4.52 yards per carry was the fifth-highest total of a season in franchise history. Additionally, Colts running back Marlon Mack (1,091 rushing yards) became the first Indianapolis player to record a 1,000-yard running season since 2016.
Castonzo started 11 regular season games and two playoff games at left tackle in 2018. He was part of an offensive line that led the NFL with six games without any sacks allowed. The Colts have also allowed the fewest sacks (18.0) in the league. Between Weeks 5 and 12, quarterback Andrew Luck attempted 239 passes without being sacked, which was the third longest streak in NFL history. The unit recorded five straight games without any sacks allowed, which tied for the third most games in league history since 1982. Castonzo started both games in the Indianapolis playoffs and has helped the Colts rush for a franchise-record 200-yard playoff record in the AFC Wild Card Round.
In 2017, Castonzo started all 16 games. In 2016, he opened up running lanes for running back Frank Gore to record the team’s first 1,000-yard running season since 2007. Castonzo took part in 1,090 offensive shots in 2014, which drove all players of the NFL. He assisted an Indianapolis offense that set a franchise record in one season for net yards (6,506) and passing yards (4,894) in 2014.