An important part of the Chiefs 2019 Championship team is officially calling it a career.
Offensive match Mitchell Schwartz announced his retirement by issuing a statement on social media on Thursday.
Schwartz, 33, played 134 games in a row to start his career between the Browns and the Chiefs. But in the sixth week of the 2020 season, he suffered a back injury and could not play again. Kansas City released him in March last year and Schwartz has not signed with another team.
“It’s been almost two years since my back was injured,” Schwartz wrote in a statement. “I had surgery last February and have been rehabilitating ever since. Since then I feel just as good right now, but it’s clear that my body will never stay the same. The pain in the nerves under my feet is no longer a daily occurrence, but it will probably never go away. ”
Schwartz added that he “feels very satisfied walking.”
“Winning the Super Bowl was the pinnacle of my career. My 7,984 consecutive Snaps Streaks and four All-Pro nominations are far more proud individual performances than I expected. ”
Cleveland drafted Schwartz with a total of 37 picks in the 2012 draft, and he quickly became a starter, playing every offensive snap in his four seasons with the team. He was first-team All-Pro for Chief in 2018 and second-team All-Pro in 2016, 2017 and 2019.