Latest Chiefs Ring of Honor Selection Was a Long Time Coming

Tamba Hali is the latest Chiefs player to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor
Tamba Hali is the latest Chiefs player to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Saturday that former defensive star Tamba Hali is the latest Ring of Honor inductee, giving the legendary pass rusher a long-overdue recognition.

Hali spent his entire 12-year career with the Chiefs, compiling 596 tackles, 89.5 sacks and 33 forced fumbles while establishing himself as one of the most dominant and beloved Chiefs of his era.

He's now begun coaching Kansas City's young defenders in the offseason, helping guys like George Karlaftis and Felix Anudike-Uzomah learn pass-rushing techniques to terrorize offenses in the regular season.

Tamba Hali Officially Inducted into Chiefs Ring of Honor

The official induction ceremony will be held during Chiefs Legends Weekend at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium this fall, as Hali is the 53rd individual and 49th player to receive the prestigious honor.

"From the day we drafted Tamba in 2006, he has inspired our fans with electrifying performances on the field and outstanding character off the field," said Chiefs owner Clark Hunt in a statement. "Throughout his illustrious career, Tamba was respected and admired by his teammates, as he moved from defensive end to outside linebacker in his fourth season and quickly became a Pro Bowler. His stats speak for themselves, establishing him as one of the great defensive players in Chiefs history."

Hali ranks second all-time in sacks in Chiefs franchise history, and he's made strong charitable contributions off the field as well.

It's an exciting time for Hali and Chiefs fans, and I'm looking forward to celebrating Hali's spectacular career at the ceremony this fall.

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