When LB Mark Simoneau was placed on Injured Reserve, we speculated that he very well may have played his last game in the NFL. Today the veteran announced that he would indeed be retiring.
“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.”
No ever imagines retiring at 33, but Simoneau is on point talking about other parts of his life being much more important than the game of football. He should be commended for working his way back and getting on the field after nearly three years away from the game.