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INDIANAPOLISThe Hollywood-like story here in the city of Indianapolis has seen the curtain close on an incredible ride.

Jack Doyle, who grew up on the eastside of Indianapolis, loving his hometown Colts, ended up playing 9 years in the city of Indianapolis.

Defined by his work ethic, consistency and reliability, Doyle earned immense respect from teammates and coaches.

In 2013, Doyle went undrafted out of Western Kentucky. Doyle joined the Colts after spending that ’13 offseason with the Titans.

Doyle caught 295 balls for 2,729 yards and 24 touchdowns in his NFL career. He was a two-time Pro Bowler (2017 and 2019). In Colts tight end history, Doyle finished 3rd in catches, 5th in receiving yards and 4th in receiving touchdowns.

As an unheralded high school recruit out of Cathedral High School, it was one thing for Doyle to have the collegiate career he did at WKU.

Then as an undrafted NFL-er, it was even another step for him to last nearly a decade in the league, earning around $40 million and leaving as a beloved teammate.

Matt Hasselbeck, Andrew Luck and Robert Mathis all were huge fans of how Doyle handled himself as a pro.

In typical Doyle fashion, he elected not to have a final press conference announcing his retirement. Instead, he released a press release (see below) on Monday.

From a cap standpoint, the Colts will save more than $5 million with Doyle retiring. Doyle was under contract for the 2022 season.

The Colts should have north of $40 million in cap space with free agency starting next week. Tight end remains a definite need for this team to address. Mo Alie-Cox is a free agent, too.

 

Quotes from the Colts

Jim Irsay on Jack Doyle:

“It’s rare when a player has the opportunity to play for his hometown team, thus we are extremely thankful for the nine outstanding seasons Jack spent with the Colts, the team he grew up cheering for. Having said that, Jack not only represented himself and his family with class, but represented our entire organization and the community with the utmost professionalism. We applaud the impact Jack and his wife, Casie, made in our community during his playing career and we know that commitment will not waver moving forward. Simply put, Jack was one of the most well-liked players in our locker room. We’ll miss his presence in our building and watching him perform on Sundays, but we congratulate him on a fantastic career.”

Chris Ballard on Jack Doyle:

“After I was hired by the Colts in 2017, one of the first roster moves we made was re-signing Jack Doyle. It was very apparent what type of player and leader he was and the impact he made as a teammate. He is a player we wanted our rookies to emulate. Jack’s love for the game was strong. You could sense that in every area from practice, to the weight room, to game days.

Frank Reich on Jack Doyle:

“Jack is a consummate pro in every sense, and it was a privilege to serve as his coach. His contributions on the field are obvious, but he made just as much of an impact off the field. He was a leader, a team captain, and one of the hardest workers at practice and in the film room. We had ultimate trust in Jack to perform and execute at the highest level in any situation both offensively and on special teams. He was one of our most dependable players. Jack’s value to this organization will be hard to replace. I congratulate him on a spectacular career and I wish him the best along with his wife, Casie, and his sons, Ronan and Henry.”