Author’s note: We’ve heard a lot from Tamba during the past week or two, but with him being such an integral part of the Kansas City Chiefs’ franchise, we think it’s important to continue to pass along any updates he cares to provide.
Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali joined Jay Binkley and Henry Lake on 610 Sports Radio’s The Day Shift on Tuesday morning as Hali continues to make the media rounds to promote his Tamba Juice album, which is available on Spotify and Apple iTunes.
Last week, Hali gave mixed signals when it came to his future in football, but on The Day Shift, he sounded much more certain about being done as far as a player:
“I’m at peace,” Hali said. “Right now—football—I think whatever I’ve done here as a player in Kansas City, it goes a long way with the fans. I don’t see myself playing for another team. I’ve always wanted to end up retiring as a Chief. The way my body feels, I didn’t enjoy the game as much last year. I was always involved (before). I wasn’t as much involved (last year). I became a part-time player and maybe just a third-down player.”
Hali played just 99 snaps in five regular-season games in 2017.
“I don’t believe that’s who I was or am as a football player. I believe I made tackles. I made sacks. I caused problems. I just didn’t want to become a one-way player based on, ‘Oh I can still make money,’ and I come out and play 13 plays and hope maybe I get one sack. I like to work the guy and put him in decisions where I beat him instead of me just coming in and trying to work my best move, and if it works, great. If it doesn’t, I got to sit out and watch the other guys play. I mean, yes, I’m selfish in that sense but I didn’t enjoy it as much. I think coach (Andy) Reid and what he did for me last year was very beneficial because even as I’m talking to you today, my knee is still swollen, and I’m only walking. And I do jiu-jitsu. I run sometimes, but my knee still swells up. I’m going to go get it checked. I’m at peace with myself if I don’t return back to football.”
Binkley followed up with Hali on whether or not he would return to the Chiefs as an outside linebackers coach. Binkley specifically cited and told Hali about the AP poll in which 86 percent of readers said they’d like to see Hali come back as a coach.
“Coaching I think comes natural. I love to work with people. I love to work with the kids, the young guys coming in—they don’t understand the game they’re coming into. You go from college, playing 12 games, and you come here. You’re supposed to get ready to play about 25 games, and you’re supposed to bring it every time. Most guys don’t understand you’re going to play like three seasons in one year straight out of college ... I think it’s in my blood somehow to become a coach at one point. When does that happen? It could be this year, next year. I’m enjoying myself around my family, exploring with the music a bit, but I know in myself at one point, I will want to come, either go back to college and help the guys there, high school or even come back to the Chiefs if that’s accepted.”
As Hali weighs coaching options in the future, it is also important to remember that he was one of the better defensive linemen in the history of Penn State University (2002-2005).
The 15-minute interview that covers the latest in Hali’s music career, plus a clarification of his comments on Patrick Mahomes, is available on the 610 Sports Radio website here.