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Longtime Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle is retiring, the team announced Monday.
Doyle, 31, played all 131 games in his nine-year career with his hometown team. His down-to-earth attitude made him one of the most respected players in the locker room and even prompted a teammate to wear a t-shirt with four playing cards featuring Doyle’s face and the phrase “Jack of all”. trades”.
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“Jack not only represented himself and his family with class, but represented our entire organization and the community with the utmost professionalism,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “Put simply, Jack was one of the most beloved players in our dressing room.”
He was also productive on the pitch.
In nine seasons with the Colts, he caught 295 passes for 2,729 yards and 24 touchdowns, achieving two Pro Bowls. Among Colts tight ends, Doyle ranks third all-time in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and fourth in touchdown catches.
After graduating from Indianapolis Cathedral High School, the former NBA Indiana Pacers ball boy accepted the only FBS scholarship offer he had — from Western Kentucky.
Doyle played in the 2013 Senior Bowl but was not drafted. He signed with the Tennessee Titans, who released him at the end of the summer. Indianapolis claimed Doyle for waiver, and he never left.
“After being hired by the Colts in 2017, one of the first roster moves we made was re-signing Jack Doyle,” general manager Chris Ballard said. “The type of player and leader he was was very evident and the impact he had as a teammate. He’s a player we wanted our rookies to emulate.”
Doyle was also a role model for his teammates off the pitch.
Indy’s 2018 Ed Block Courage Award winner helped raise money for the Dayspring Center, a family emergency shelter, and hosted birthday parties for homeless children who lived at the shelter.
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He and his wife, Cassie, also established a tuition scholarship to provide half-scholarships for two incoming freshmen to attend his alma mater prep. Other charitable ventures included visiting patients at Riley Children’s Hospital and Read Across America events.
“We had ultimate confidence in Jack to perform and execute at the highest level in any situation, both offensively and on special teams,” coach Frank Reich said. “He was one of our most reliable players. Jack’s value to this organization will be hard to replace.”