After 12 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, former Penn State defensive standout Tamba Hali was released on Monday in a salary cap move to clear $7.7 million. The 34-year-old Hali leaves the Chiefs with the second-most sacks in franchise history trailing only the late Derrick Thomas. Hali was taken by Kansas City in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft and made five Pro Bowls in his career.
Hali took to Twitter on Monday to thank the Chiefs and their fans.
I thank the greatest fans in the world #ChiefsKingdom for 12 incredible years. I also want to thank the @Chiefs organization for believing in me from the beginning. All the support during my career in Kansas City has been overwhelming and #KC will always be special to me. pic.twitter.com/nbXD1clox5
— Tamba Hali (@TambaHali91) March 12, 2018
At Penn State, Hali was an All-American in 2005 and was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. That season, he accrued 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. For Nittany Lion fans, Hali’s sack and forced fumble on Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith to secure Penn State’s win over Ohio State in 2005 is a play that will never be forgotten.
No decision has been made by Hali on his future. Hali has hinted that he could be leaning towards retirement when asked about his future in January.