Chiefs LB Mark Simoneau Retires

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mark Simeoneau announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my official retirement from the NFL," Simoneau said in a statement. "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.

"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."

A third-round pick (67th overall) out of Kansas State by the Atlanta Falcons in 2000, Simoneau (6-0, 245) has 511 tackles, including 7 quarterback sacks, in a 123-game NFL career with the Falcons (2000-02), Philadelphia Eagles (2003-05), and New Orleans Saints, where Simoneau spent the previous four seasons.

Simoneau missed all of last season with a torn triceps muscle, and was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday after he was injured during Sunday's 49-29 loss to the Denver Broncos.

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