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Mitchell Schwartz announced his retirement from football on Thursday.
Schwartz, who began his career with the Cleveland Browns before joining the Kansas City Chiefs, made his announcement on Twitter.
“It’s been almost two years since I injured my back. I had surgery last February and have been in rehab ever since. I feel as good now as I have since, but it’s clear my body will never be the same.” .” Schwartz wrote.
“Winning the Super Bowl was the pinnacle of my career. My streak of 7,894 straight plays and 4 All-Pro nominations are my proudest individual achievements, far exceeding my own expectations.
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“My final thanks go out to Kansas City and all the Chiefs fans. Being a Chief is so much more than just wearing a red jersey. It’s been a privilege to represent them on and off the field.”
Schwartz played college football at the University of California and started all 51 games for the team between 2008 and 2011. He was named second team All-Pac-10 as a junior and All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic as a senior. . The standout tackle was a second-round draft pick by the Browns in 2012 and signed with Kansas City as a free agent after the 2015 season.
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Schwartz was a four-time All-Pro selection and won the 2019 Super Bowl with the Chiefs.
He had a remarkable ironman streak of 7,894 consecutive plays. Schwartz never missed a game until he was injured during the 2020 season. He started 134 regular-season games in his career, along with seven playoff games. During that postseason run, Schwartz didn’t give up a sack and allowed only one pressure on quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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The 33-year-old said he and his wife, Brooke, will be staying in Kansas City for the long term because of the bond he has formed with the city.
“I will be a boss forever and there is no other place I would rather be,” he said.
Ryan Canfield of Fox News contributed to this report.