FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Long-time safety of New England Patriots Patrick Chung, Who had been intending to play this season after withdrawing from the 2020 NFL campaign, reversed course and announced his retirement Thursday.
“Time to start a new life,” said Chung, 33, on Instagram.
This could have been Chung’s twelfth season in the NFL and eleventh season with the Patriots. He participated in 153 matches in the regular season (122 matches) in addition to 23 playoff matches (20 matches).
Having originally joined the team as a draft option for the second round in 2009 from the University of Oregon, Chung was part of three Super Bowl teams in New England. He had spent one season with the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2013, but he came back the following season and said the only coach he was planning to play with was Bill Belišik.
In an Instagram post, Chung said he was announcing his retirement through tears, and thanked Belishek for “teaching me life on and off the field.”
Chung, whose strength, versatility and work ethic Bilesic has often noted, is the only player in NFL history to appear in qualifiers in each of his first 11 seasons. Chosen as a member of the Patriots’ 2010s All-Decade Team.
Chung withdrew from the 2020 season due to family considerations, telling CBS in an interview, “It was a tough decision. You want to play football. I’m at the last end of my career, but when it comes down to it, I feel like money isn’t that important. I have a pregnant girlfriend.” Baby is coming soon, my son has mild asthma, and my dad is 75. I just felt like this was the best decision for my family to keep everyone safe. It’s not over, it’s been put off a little bit. ”
Along these lines, Chung was recently employed at Gillette Stadium, which indicates his plans to play again in 2021. But things have clearly changed in recent weeks.
The Patriots are in deep safety, with beginners returning Devin McCurty And the Adrian PhillipsBest Draft Pick of 2020 Kyle Dugger back. They also concluded a four-year, $ 24 million deal with a free defense back Galen Mills, Who moved from full back to safety last season with the Eagles.