Former Bears offensive lineman Matt Slauson announced his retirement Wednesday on Instagram following 10 NFL seasons.
Slauson, who will turn 33 Feb. 18, started all 37 games he appeared in during three seasons with the Bears from 2013-15, 33 at left guard and four at center. He opened all 16 contests in 2013, was limited to five starts in 2014 due to ankle and chest injuries and then returned to start all 16 games again in 2015.
Slauson appeared in 116 games with 113 starts during his NFL career. He spent his first four seasons with the Jets (2009-12) before joining the Bears. After leaving Chicago, he played for the Chargers (2016-17) and Colts (2018).
“It’s been 10 amazing years,” Slauson wrote on Instagram. “Four organizations and countless friendships. What an amazing dream this has all been. Thanks to all my teammates who have gone into battle with me, the group of coaches that have made me better on and off the field, the fans that were there no matter what, and especially my wife and kids who supported me through it all. It has been a very difficult decision, but we are excited for what the next chapter holds.”
In 2014, Slauson was the Bears’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, which is presented to one player on all 32 NFL teams who best exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage and serves as an inspiration in the locker room. The award recipients, who are voted for by their teammates, symbolize professionalism, great strength and dedication, and they are considered community role models.
In 2015, Slauson was voted the winner of “The Good Guy Award” by the Chicago chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America. He earned the award based on the professionalism, courtesy and respect he demonstrated while working with the media.