The Kansas City Chiefs made the release of longtime punter Dustin Colquitt official on Tuesday afternoon, with statements from team owner Clark Hunt, general manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid. Colquitt broke the news himself overnight on his Instagram account.
The Chiefs posted the statements on their official website:
HUNT: “My family and I are immensely grateful for the contributions Dustin and his family have made to the Chiefs over the last 15 years. Dustin has cemented his place as one of the greatest punters in the history of the NFL. In addition to his exceptional play on the field, Dustin has been an invaluable member of the Kansas City community, and his dedication and generosity improved the lives of countless families throughout Chiefs Kingdom. Dustin consistently represented himself, the Chiefs and the Kansas City community with integrity and class, and he will always be a member of the Chiefs family.”
VEACH: “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Dustin and the incredible career he was able to put together here in Kansas City. When you have a player that special, and someone who has meant so much to our team and community for so long, it makes these decisions really hard. I certainly enjoyed our time together here and wish him the best as he moves forward.”
REID: “Dustin is one of the greatest Chiefs of all-time and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to coach him these past seven years. The longevity of his career here in Kansas City shows you just how consistently he has performed at a high level. Beyond his impact on the field, he was a great teammate and leader. I will always be a huge Dustin Colquitt fan.”