Tamba Hali, linebacker
“I’m leaning more towards (being with) my family.”
If you were wondering whether or not Tamba Hali would try to press Chiefs leadership for another season after this one, you read the likely answer above from a story by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. When Paylor asked Hali about his future, Hali was clear that he was leaning more toward retirement even as the competitive fires still burned.
If this is, indeed, Hali’s last go-around with the Kansas City Chiefs, then we need to make sure to remember him as the dominant pass rusher that he was and not the sparingly used pass rusher who is unable to play on artificial turf due to knee problems.
The Hali we should remember is the consummate professional, the team leader who let his work do the talking for him. Since 2006, Hali has lived up to his first round draft status as a player with a relentless motor and work ethic that’s second to none. He’s forced 33 fumbles and sacked the opposing quarterback 89.5 times, sixth among active players and 45th on the all-time NFL list.
The five-time Pro Bowler is likely on the outside looking in when it comes to occupying a spot in Canton, but there’s no doubt that he’s a future member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.