The latest: Patrick Chung announced his retirement after 11 years in the NFL, 10 with the Patriots. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, and was a member of their 2010s All-Decade Team.
After a less-than-successful initial stint with the team after being a second-round pick in 2009, the Patriots invented a hybrid safety/linebacker position that better suited Chung's skills, and limited his liability in space. He was a better free-agent signing of Bill Belichick than a draft pick.
“I want to say thank you to the Patriots organization, my family, my fans, coaches, just everyone. I’m in tears writing this but I’ve decided to hang up the cleats. Bill, Mr. Kraft (mean mug), thank you for giving me the opportunity to play for your team for 11 years. I love you.
“Bill, for teaching me life on and off the field, will not forget that. To me teammates, trainers, Eq team, video guys, meal room employees, janitors, etc. I love you guys and ladies. Thank you for being the rock to the organization. For cleaning up, feeding, taking care of me for 11 years. You will forever be my family.
“But it’s time to start a new life. Patriot until I die!!! Love you all.”