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Derrick Johnson shares farewell message: ‘Chiefs Kingdom you will be truly missed’

Derrick Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Chiefs and retired Wednesday.
Derrick Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Chiefs and retired Wednesday. file photo

Last week, the Chiefs announced that linebacker Derrick Johnson would be allowed to become a free agent.

Johnson, 35, has played all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Chiefs, but he knew the move was coming. He told The Star’s Terez A. Paylor that he had been informed earlier of the team’s decision by general manager Brett Veach.

A four-time Pro Bowler with the Chiefs, Johnson shared a post on Instagram to thank the Chiefs, their fans and to say he planned to continue to play.

Johnson wrote: “I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt family for supporting me since 2005. The Love you showed a young kid from Texas, really allowed me to have a home away from home. Chiefs Kingdom you will be truly missed. Trust me I wish I could play for the chiefs forever but that’s not the reality. However God has been blessing me for a long time in KC and my trust will remain in the man upstairs. #13greatyears #easilymotivated#notdoneyet”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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