The Kansas City Chiefs recently signed 8-year veteran safety Steve Gregory. Just 10 days later, seemingly out of the blue on Saturday, Gregory announced his retirement from the NFL.
This statement came via his agent:
It is with tremendous respect, appreciation, and admiration for the game of football that I've decided to announce my retirement effective immediately. After entering the game as an undrafted free agent, I was fortunate enough to play twice as long as the average player. This past offseason, my wife Rosanne and I were blessed to welcome a daughter, Aviana, and spending time with her has changed my life's perspective. It is my hope to continue in football as a coach and I look forward to what the future holds. I'm tremendously happy with my decision and being able to walk away from this great game both healthy and on my own terms. I would be remiss in announcing my retirement without thanking my great family, coaches, teammates, scouts, trainers, agent and all of the fans that have supported me along the way.
The Chiefs have a number of playing vying for that third safety spot. This may not affect their rotation too much considering the Chiefs just signed Gregory less than two weeks ago. He played in the Chiefs Thursday night preseason game.
After 357 tackles, 7 INTs, 3 sacks and a touchdown... 31 year old safety calls it a career: http://t.co/1G0b6c0Ymy pic.twitter.com/WgnuW0HfaM— NFL (@nfl) August 9, 2014