After three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end Mike DeVito has retired.
Mike DeVito was one of the unsung rocks of the Chiefs during the first three years of the Andy Reid era, and now he is saying goodbye to the game he loves. At 31 years old, DeVito announced through the Bangor Daily News that he is retiring. He wrote a beautiful message that all should read, but here is the encapsulation of it.
"I want to thank the New York Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs and all the amazing people I have met throughout my career. To all my family, friends, and fans, thank you for making an average player feel like a hall of famer. And to the game of football, thank you for the past 18 years, all the memories, and the lessons that will continue to serve me for the rest of my life."
DeVito is being modest. While he will never go into the Hall of Fame, he was much more than an average player. He was a quality run-stuffer who could get some pressure on the pocket and was always known as a leader on and off the field. He has talked about finishing up his college degree and perhaps going into a spiritual vocation, so maybe that is his next step.
All told, DeVito played nine years with the New York Jets and Chiefs, racking up 250 tackles and 5.5 sacks, including three last season. He never made an All-Pro Team or the Pro Bowl, but DeVito was a heck of a player.
We only wish him the absolute best here at Arrowhead Addict. He was a very good Chief and somebody who deserves to enjoy his retirement.