Casey Won’t Say It, But It’s All Done Sunday

From the Truman Sports Complex

After practice on Thursday C Casey Wiegmann would not say it publicly, but he left little doubt about his intentions: Sunday’s game in Denver will be his last, ending a 15-season career that started as an undrafted rookie out of Iowa and spending time with the Colts, Jets, Bears, Chiefs, Broncos and Chiefs again.

His start Sunday against the Broncos will be his 212nd game and start No. 185.

“I’m not going to make a big deal out of that,” Wiegmann said of his retirement. “We have a football game to go play, trying to beat the Broncos. I’ll come in on Monday and say bye to everybody this year… I’ve got a plan.”

That plan is for life after football – working in a business he owns with a good friend leasing farm land each year up in his native Iowa. There are trees to cut down and fences to mend.

“I called my best friend last night, we’ve started a business and I’ll be up there (Iowa) next weekend, doing stuff, there’s work to be done,” Wiegmann said.

Throughout his career, Wiegmann has tried to stay in the background. After 15 years he hasn’t changed. “Just looking on the news how (Miami Dolphins OLB) Jason Taylor announced his retirement; you don’t have to do that,” Wiegmann said. “That’s just drawing more attention to yourself. That’s not me at all.”

At 38 and with those 15 seasons under his belt, Wiegmann acknowledged that the 2011 season has been the toughest for him physically, leading to his decision that this will be his last.

“The whole year has been fighting through aches, pain and injuries,” Wiegmann said. “It’s the most I’ve been in the training room for a long, long time.”

All of this was said in a matter of fact manner, an indication that the decision has been made and come Monday, Casey Wiegmann wants no parade, no press conference, no ceremony; he just wants to walk away and disappear in an Iowa cornfield.

“Exactly,” Wiegmann said.

8 Responses to “Casey Won’t Say It, But It’s All Done Sunday”

  • December 29, 2011  - Rowan says:

    A class act in a world that seems to have a shortage of class acts.

  • December 29, 2011  - Michael says:

    Bob, who takes his place in the line up? Is there someone on the roster or will they go with a rookie? Your thoughts please.

  • December 29, 2011  - rufus says:

    Ya, he was a good one.

  • December 29, 2011  - James B says:

    Thanks Casey!

  • December 29, 2011  - Michael says:

    I always admired his pitbull-like tenacity & technical savvy, another in a long line of venerable chiefs centers. Hats off to casey. Rodney Hudson likely will be the next. He couldn’t have watched & learned from anyone better.

  • December 29, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Center is an awfull position to play. To have done it as an initally undrafted free agent for 15 years in the NFL, at his size, I’m telling you he has heart. Hated him going to Denver, love him coming home. Last game Denver. Thank you Casey. Good luck and when you come back to Arrowhead for those half-times, I will cheer.

  • December 30, 2011  - Tim says:

    A great guy who’s had a GREAT career – a true professional. I wish him luck & good fortune. Its time…

  • December 30, 2011  - James says:

    Need more players like Casey Wiegmann. A tip of the hat to you sir. Enjoy your new business.

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