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LB Mark Simoneau Retires From Football

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Chiefs Mark Simoneau announces his retirement after latest injury

Yesterday, a local comeback story came to an end when Chiefs LB Mark Simoneau was placed on injured reserve. Today, Simoneau announced that his latest injury will force him to retire from football.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my official retirement from the NFL," Simoneau said in a statement through PSE Management. " I’ve had multiple surgeries over the past few years, and although I thought I was well enough to resume my career with my hometown team, you can never simulate game speed."

Simoneau continued, "It’s hard to end my career on this note, but the thought of not being able to pick my daughter up was enough to make me realize I have to move on to the next phase of my life.  I’d like to thank my family and all of the people who supported me throughout my career and also express my sincere appreciation to Scott Pioli, Todd Haley and Gary Gibbs for bringing me in.  I’ve been a part of two Super Bowl teams during my career and I know they are building something special here in Kansas City.  It was a thrill for a kid from Kansas to be able to put on a Chiefs uniform.”

Simoneau, who missed the past two seasons with New Orleans because of injuries to his back and triceps, was a product of Smith Center, Kansas and played collegiately at Kansas State. He made suburban Kansas City his off-season home three years ago and signed with his hometown team as a free agent on October 27th.

“It’s a dream come true,” Simoneau said shortly after his signing.

Simoneau was injured in the first half of Sunday’s game while covering a kickoff on special teams. After absorbing a hit, Simoneau was escorted into the Chiefs locker room and did not suit out for the second half. Simoneau’s active status in Denver ended a span of 1,050 days (or 2 years, 10 months and 15 days) without a game appearance.

He finishes his 10-year career with 525 tackles (326 solo), 7.0 sacks, one interception, 12 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 52 special teams tackles.

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