Though he only spent one season with the Kansas City Chiefs, Geoff Schwartz was a fan favorite. He officially retired from the NFL this week.
There are many Kansas City Chiefs fans who still feel it was a mistake for the team to let guard Geoff Schwartz leave in Free Agency after the 2013 season. Schwartz made and instant impact on the offensive line in his one season with the Chiefs. His production that year has yet to have been reproduced by anyone the team has lined up at either guard spot. Schwartz announced his official retirement on Twitter this week.
Retirement was not an unexpected move for Geoff Schwartz. The nine year veteran lineman has dealt with injuries for much of his career. Since he last suited up for an NFL roster, Schwartz has emerged as a top Twitter analyst, especially in regards to the offensive line. His “Block ‘Em Up” podcast with fellow Twitter personality Duke Manyweather is one I wholly recommend.
Geoff Schwartz has also turned to the literary world. Schwartz recently teamed with his brother, Chiefs tackle Mitchell Schwartz, to write a book about their upbringing as Jewish athletes. Speaking of Mitchell Schwartz, the star right tackle for KC actually consulted his brother about coming to Kansas City. Geoff earned some brownie points with Chiefs Kingdom by fully endorsing the organization.
However, Geoff Schwartz will be best remembered by Chiefs fans as the guy who stepped in and instantly made our offensive line better. With Schwartz helping to pave the way, Jamaal Charles had one of his best seasons in the NFL. It is not a coincidence that the guard position has been a sore spot since Schwartz left.
Every career eventually ends. We hope that our favorite NFL players can go out on top, but more often than not it doesn’t work out that way. We should all be glad that Geoff Schwartz has retired from his career with no regrets. Of course, we can all still wish that the Kansas City Chiefs had gotten him to a Super Bowl before that happened.