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Dr. Art Rettig’s Statement on Stepping Down as Head Team Physician for the Colts

As I am stepping down as Head Team Physician for the Indianapolis Colts, I would like to thank Jim Irsay and the Irsay family for their support and the opportunity to pursue a “dream job” for the past 33 years.  It truly has been an honor and a privilege to work for a great franchise. Jim and his family have been most generous and I very much appreciate it.  Their loyalty and integrity is reflected in the fact that many employees who came with them, from Baltimore, in 1984, still work for the Colts.

The medical care of an NFL franchise is a team effort and we have been blessed to have excellent physicians and athletic trainers over the last many years. It has been great to work with Dr. Don Shelbourne, Dr. Gary Misamore, Dr. Tom Klootwyk, Dr. Hank Feuer, Dr. Terry Horner, Dr. Doug Robertson (head medical physician), Dr. Pat Kersey, Dr. Thurmond Alvey, and Marcus McCrea.  The Colts medical care will be in excellent hands as Dr. Klootwyk is taking over as Head Team Physician and Dr. Misamore will assume a larger role.

Athletic trainers do the bulk of the work caring for players and we’ve been fortunate to have had the top training staff in the NFL (in my opinion).  Many thanks to former Head Athletic Trainer Hunter Smith, current Head Trainer Dave Hammer, Dave Walston, Erin Barill – now Director of Sports Medicine, Bryant Baugh, Kyle Davis, Kellen Norris, and numerous interns over the years.  I can’t say enough about how well our athletic trainers work with the players on a daily basis, both using their skill in treating injuries but also in creating an environment whereby the players want to be there.

It also has been great working with multiple head coaches and assistants from Frank Kush through Ted Marchibroda, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell to Chuck Pagano and General Managers Jim Irsay, Bill Tobin, Bill Polian, Ryan Grigson, and now Chris Ballard. It has also been a pleasure working with Pete Ward, Dan Emerson, and the rest of the front office staff.

Finally, I am looking forward to my new role as consultant to the Colts and to continue to pursue my private orthopedic practice at Methodist Sports Medicine Center.

Lastly, thanks to my family for allowing me to spend time covering the Colts for the last 33 years.

I will always be a fan – Go Colts!

     – Art Rettig