After a decade of suiting up for the Buffalo Bills, defensive end Chris Kelsay will hang up the pads.
Kelsay announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a 10-year stint with the Bills, which was the only team Kelsay played for.
“I want to thank Mr. Wilson for the opportunity he gave me 10 years ago to be a Buffalo Bill,” Kelsay told Buffalobills.com. “One of my goals was to finish my career with the team that drafted me and that came to fruition. I feel very blessed to say that."
While Kelsay never played a single playoff game, he still had no interest in playing elsewhere. Kelsay says that the fans and teammates are a big reason why.
“The Buffalo Bills’ fans are the best in the NFL. Having played in every NFL stadium over my 10 years, there are no other fans like the ones we play in front of at the Ralph. It’s inspiring, it’s emotional and it’s exciting every moment you step on the field,” Kelsay said.“Your teammates are a big reason why you do this. Being around long enough you establish a lot of lifelong relationships, not just in the locker room but around the building. That’s something I’ll carry with me and cherish for the rest of my life.”
Kelsay appeared in 147 games for Buffalo and ranks ninth all-time on the team with 32.5 sacks, eighth in team history with eight forced fumbles and is tied for first with two safeties.
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