One of the most versatile safeties in Patriots history dropped some big news today. After a remarkable eleven-year career in the NFL, Patrick Chung has announced his retirement from the NFL. Chung opted out of last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a die-hard Patriots fan, it will be tough to not have Chung on the team. He is one of the best leaders in the locker room and played his position extremely well. The one image that is burned in my mind is when he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy with a broken arm.
That is the type of player Patrick Chung was. Even after breaking his arm, he still wanted to come back and play in the Super Bowl. He stayed in uniform with his arm in a sling on the sidelines. His commitment to the team was undeniably incredible. Patrick Chung was greatly missed on the field last year and now the Patriots will have to do it again. He spent the majority of his career in New England except for one season in Philadelphia.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung announces retirement after 11-year career. pic.twitter.com/xHgwFZI3Hr
— NFL (@NFL) March 18, 2021
Patrick Chung was selected in the second round (34th overall) by New England in 2009. His incredible leadership on and off the field qualified him for the 2010s All-Decade team for the Patriots franchise. Over his eleven-year NFL career, Patrick Chung managed to help the Patriots win three Super Bowls (XLIX, LI, and LIII).
Chung racked up 56 pass deflections and eleven interceptions in his career. Even when he gets hurt on the field, he can still provide his veteran leadership to young players everywhere. He is such an inspiration for the game of football. I believe I speak for everyone when I wish the best of luck for Chung and his entire family. This is a new chapter for him and I know he will make the best of it.