Buffalo Bills Defensive End Chris Kelsay on Wednesday, February 27th, informed the Bills of his plans to retire. Kelsay met with team General Manager Buddy Nix on the afternoon and informed the Bills General Manager of his decision. Chris Kelsay was selected by Buffalo in the second-round (48th overall) of the 2003 NFL draft out of Nebraska.
“I just felt physically, and mentally, too, that I was ready to go in a different direction,” Kelsay told reporters.”There is a sense of relief there. So I know that I made the right decision. As I kind of went back and forth on it, I believe if you think about retirement that much, you’re already retired,” Kelsay said. “So I’m happy with the decision and look forward to the next chapter of my life.”
Kelsay was a three-time defensive captain, who finished with 32 1/2 career sacks to rank ninth on the team list. A starter since 2004, he also proved durable in playing in 147 games, including 120 starts. Last season marked the first time Kelsay played in fewer than 12 games. He is one of only three Bills defensive linemen to have at least three interceptions. Kelsay enjoyed his best season in 2006, when he finished with 5 1/2 sacks and was credited with 88 tackles.
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