Khari Willis said he is retiring from the NFL

Khari Willis said he is retiring from the NFL to pursue a career in ministry.

In a post to Instagram on Wednesday, the 26-year-old said he is leaving the league after "much prayer and deliberation."

I have elected to officially retire from the NFL 

 as I endeavor to devote the remainder of my life to the further   Jesus Christ

Willis, who played three seasons in the NFL

"I thank all of my family, friends and those who have supported me on this journey

I look forward to your continued support through the next phase of my life."