The Indianapolis Colts are in business for a new left tackle.
After 10 years of shutdown work with the Blue and White, Anthony Castonzo is hanging up the cleats. The final player from the Bill Polian era is now gone, and it’s time to look ahead to the future.
But a decade of dominance from a left tackle is certainly something to write home about. Castonzo was terrific in a Colts uniform. The 2011 first round pick was kind enough to jump on The Dan Dakich Show on Tuesday. AC told DD that he always wanted to end his career on top.
“When I started looking at my process and what I was going to work on during the off-season and then not really seeing room for growth, that was what led me to the decision,” Castonzo said. “I live for practice. I live for the process. And I didn’t want to just be in here spinning my wheels.”
DD mentioned on the show today that he believes Castonzo is a Colts Ring of Honor guy. Many would agree with him too.
Unlike Jared Veldheer, who Chris Ballard picked up out of retirement last week to fill-in at left tackle, Castonzo is not thinking about any potential future comeback.
“If I’m making this decision then I’m not going to torture myself with the what-if’s,” Castonzo added. “This is the choice I have made and feel good about. I wanted to be able to finish my career more on an upslope rather than a downslope.”
Castonzo has represented the Indianapolis community with class, while also being a force on the field.
His intended job was to battle in front of Peyton Manning. Even though that did not go according to plan, being the blind side defender for guys like Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers isn’t too bad of a consolation prize.
From all of us who love Colts football, thank you AC.
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