As announced by the team’s official Twitter account, former star linebacker Derrick Johnson retired from the NFL on Wednesday — as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
We have signed Derrick Johnson to a one-day contract. The franchise leader in tackles will retire as a Chief.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 8, 2019
Congratulations, @superdj56! #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/fD5hFDoJty
And if this video the Chiefs posted doesn’t bring a tear to your eye... well, I don’t know what to tell you.
I’m not crying, you’re crying!! That’s awesome!! Congratulations!@superdj56— Shanna Todd (@ShannaTodd04) May 8, 2019
Johnson, 36, was selected by the Chiefs 15th overall in the 2005 NFL draft. He played for 14 seasons — all but one as a member of the Chiefs. A four-time Pro Bowl player, he was an All-Pro in 2011 at the age of 29 — a year in which the Chiefs went only 7-9. He retires as the team’s all-time leader in tackles with 1,151.
In his career, he also recorded 14 interceptions, 22 forced fumbles, 27.5 sacks and 40 quarterback hits. His career was characterized not only by the soft-spoken leadership he provided in the Chiefs locker room, but also by his hard-hitting style.
Remember this? When Johnson single-handedly stopped an Oakland Raiders drive with four consecutive goal line stops?
Ironically, Johnson spent a season with the Raiders — against whom he could always be counted upon to play his best — after being released by the Chiefs in 2017. But on Wednesday, he came home to where he belonged, and where he will always be remembered as one of the team’s great defensive players.
#ChiefsKingdom for life! pic.twitter.com/ECv27TboUs— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 8, 2019
The final break.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 8, 2019
✊ @superdj56 pic.twitter.com/Aw3EL0e7XU
It’s official now, the New chapter begins. I can’t thank the chiefs organization enough for rolling the red carpet out for my retirement. God has really been good to me over the years to say the least. Thanks to the Coaches, Players and Chiefs Fans for an amazing dream come true. pic.twitter.com/PqzzBQHAnS— Derrick Johnson (@superdj56) May 8, 2019
Welcome home, DJ.