Colts’ T.Y. Hilton not ruling out retirement following 2021

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is returning to the only team he’s ever played for at least one more season. But what’s beyond that isn’t clear even to him.

Hilton isn’t ruling out retirement after the 2021 season. He’s also not ruling out looking for another contract. With a 17-game regular season coming up, Hilton is simply set to prepare and then reevaluate afterward.

“We’ll see how it goes. Can’t put nothing on it, but we’ll see,” Hilton said of potentially retiring after 2021.

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At 31 years old, Hilton knows he’s likely reaching to final years of his career. He’s still a solid weapon for the Colts but after seeing his former quarterback and still close friend Andrew Luck thrive in retirement, it’s certainly something that has crossed his mind.

“It was good. He’s just enjoying his vacation, but he’s just very happy for me being able to sign back with Indy,” Hilton said. “He told me that if I need anything, he’s there for me – a phone call away. We talked, so he’s just very happy for me. I probably have to stop calling him for a little bit. He might make me want to retire. We’ll see (laughing).”

Hilton still feels good physically as he enters his 10th season in the NFL and will be working as the 1a-1b with second-year wideout Michael Pittman Jr., depending on how the latter’s development goes.

But Hilton said that his retirement won’t stem from how he feels physically. It will wind up coming down to his children.


“I’m great. My retirement won’t depend on me,” Hilton said. “It will depend on if I’m ready to start watching my kids play. That’s on me.”

We’ll see what 2021 has in store for Hilton but he will certainly be on retirement watch following the campaign.


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