When asked previously about his plans for the future, Henne said the decision will have a lot to do with his young children.
WASHINGTON – Chad Henne will successfully end his nearly 15-year NFL career. The backup quarterback for the Kansas City Captains announced his retirement Sunday night, hours after his team won the Super Bowl.
“Call it a career. End it with @budlight and another ring,” Henne wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of him grinning in a confetti-covered field.
Henne, 37, joined the NFL in 2008 and was a starter at various points earlier in his career with the Dolphins and Jaguars. The University of Michigan alumnus supported Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes for five seasons and proved his worth in a number of key games, including this year’s knockouts.
Mahomes left the team’s AFC group stage match against the Jaguars with an ankle injury in the second half and Henne joined in, completing five of seven passes in the 98-yard touchdown.
Mahomes returned from halftime, but those seven points proved crucial. The captain overcame Jags with a score of 27-20.
Henne didn’t compete in either of his team’s Super Bowl wins, though this year looks better – Mahomes’ ankle was recreated late in the first half.
“You put your ego aside,” Henne said the week before the Super Bowl. “Every time you walk into a room, even though you want to be the starter, you have to understand your role. Only 32 midfielders started in the league and they played pretty well. If you can be next in line, that’s pretty good too.”
Well wishes to Henne on Sunday night from his team and fellow athletes across the league.
“Congratulations on an incredible career,” the Chiefs’ official Instagram account commented. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for us.”
Henne has two children with his wife, Brittany. When asked before the Super Bowl about his plans for the future, he said that any decision would have a lot to do with his family.
“We’ll see,” Henne told Fox 43 in his home state of Pennsylvania. “I mean, I’ll have to talk to my family after the season and see where we are… My kids are now 9 and 7 years old, our roots are going back to Pennsylvania once I’m done. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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