We Will Miss Your Style, Antoine Bethea

The fashionable Colts safety signs with the 49ers ahead of the NFL season’s official start.

The Indianapolis Colts lost a good one today, as safety Antoine Bethea signed a $23 million deal over four seasons to play for the San Francisco 49ers.

And by a good one, we do not mean just a high-end player, although Bethea’s eight seasons with the Colts, the last six each with 100-plus tackles on his roster sheet, speaks to that. Bethea was also a style czar among Colts players, as evidenced by his studded sneakers featured in our December 2013 issue. We wondered, was that just three months ago? Aye, pro football can be a cruel business. Then again, he did just ink a deal with the Niners for $23 million, lest we forget.

No one understands that better than Bethea, who left the Colts despite teammates Adam Vinatieri (kicker) and Vontae Davis (cornerback) re-signing with the team today. It was as if Bethea sang “Don’t cry for me, Indianapolis” about the matter on Twitter:

One observer was blunt about it, as is the wont of venerable Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz:

More from ESPN here about Bethea’s departure.