Former Chiefs Tight End Says Goodbye to Football

Former Chiefs TE Matt Bushman revealed his NFL days are likely over
Former Chiefs TE Matt Bushman revealed his NFL days are likely over / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chiefs tight end Matt Bushman, who spent the last two years with Kansas City and earned two Super Bowl rings, recently indicated he's saying goodbye to football.

Appearing on The Y's Guys podcast, a show dedicated to BYU athletics, Bushman revealed that he's moving forward under the assumption that his days in the NFL are over. While he said he'd be open to joining a team, he's taking steps to move towards the next phase of his life.

The former BYU star is currently a free agent, having began his career as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders before joining the Chiefs.

Former Chiefs TE Matt Bushman Moving on From Football

During the podcast that can be accessed with this link, Bushman reflects on his playing career and slowly realizing he had a chance to play in the NFL. He had 1,719 receiving yards in three seasons at BYU, establishing himself as one of the better tight ends in program history.

He's grateful for his experience with the Chiefs despite limited playing time. He did appear in one game this year, earning seven snaps. Bushman was clear that "this isn’t a retirement announcement, but I’m taking those steps to move on."

If the right opportunity comes along, Bushman said he'd "take it." However, he felt it was time to take the next step and move away from football" after Kansas City elected not to re-sign him.

With Travis Kelce, Noah Gray, Irv Smith Jr. and incoming rookie Jared Wiley on the depth chart, it's hard to imagine Bushman finding a way back to the Chiefs. Perhaps another team will give him a call down the line, but he'll forever be a two-time champion regardless.

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