Tarik Glenn Retires

Tarik Glenn (Getty)

Colts offensive left tackle Tarik Glenn officially announced his retirement Tuesday evening.

According to a report at Colts.com, ten-year NFL veteran Tarik Glenn, the Colts' starting left tackle since 1998, has decided to retire. At his press conference in Indianapolis, Glenn was clearly at peace with his decision.

"I take pride in playing the game with passion and enjoying what I do," he said. "When I felt as if that passion was gone and I began to not really want to do it anymore, I really had to weigh the options and make sure the feelings were real. I prayed on it and talked to a lot of friends and family."

By June, with training camp less than two months away, Glenn realized that his passion for the game just wasn't at the same level as in previous years . After discussions with his family, friends, team officials and his closest teammates -- center Jeff Saturday and quarterback Peyton Manning -- Glenn reached the decision to walk away at a time in his life that just seemed right to him in many ways.

The only regret he had appeared to be how close the timing was to training camp, acknowledging that it "wasn't the greatest."

Colts team owner Jim Irsay reportedly met with Glenn for three hours on Monday night.

"I didn't want to talk him out of it. That wasn't my goal," he said. "I just wanted to ask him a lot of different questions and make sure he was doing this for the right reasons and that he was certain about it.

"After we finished talking, I could tell he was."

Glenn retires with a career 154 starts, missing just six games over the decade he spent with the Colts. He played in the last three Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl ring earlier this year when Indianapolis defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

For extensive coverage of Tarik Glenn's retirement announcement, visit Colts.com, the official website of the Indianapolis Colts.

Scout.com subscribers who missed this analysis of what the move means to the Colts from a personnel and financial perspective, as well as a review of the team's options moving forward, can click here to read that feature.

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