The Kansas City Chiefs have a strong reputation as far as doing the right thing for their players as they leave football careers for the next stage of their life.
Reports are the Chiefs will enable a second iconic former Texas Longhorn player to return to the franchise to retire as a Chief after playing for other franchises after Kansas City beginnings.
The most recent one apparently will be linebacker Derrick Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowler and NFL Defensive MVP in 2013.
Johnson played for the Chiefs for 13 seasons after he was drafted by them in 2005 before playing last season with the Oakland Raiders. He left as the leading tackler in the history of the Kansas City franchise.
Kansas City television station KMBC reports that Johnson wants to retire as Chief, informing the Raiders he wanted to be released at his request to rejoin the Chiefs for one day.
Former Chiefs running back and former Longhorn running back Jamaal Charles took the same route to retirement, leaving Jacksonville to rejoin the Chiefs for one day to retire on Wednesday. Charles left the franchise as the team’s leading career rusher.
Both had the types of careers with the Kansas City franchise where they can reasonably expect to have their jersey numbers retired.
And it won’t hurt them to finish their careers by retiring with the franchise.