Orchard Park, NY – Buffalo Bills DE Chris Kelsay has informed the team of his plans to retire. Kelsay met with Buddy Nix late this afternoon and informed the Bills General Manager of his decision.
Nix said, “Chris has been the consummate professional throughout his career and we will miss him. He always gave 100 percent, regardless of the situation and regardless of the score. He did everything with class and was an excellent team leader. Everyone in our organization from the players to the coaches to the front office personnel have the utmost respect for Chris. I know he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do next and I speak for everyone at One Bills Drive when I say that we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
“I want to thank Mr. Wilson for the opportunity he gave me 10 years ago to be a Buffalo Bill,” said Kelsay. “One of my goals was to finish my career with the team that drafted me and that came to fruition. I feel very blessed to say that.”
“The Buffalo Bills’ fans are the best in the NFL. Having played in every NFL stadium over my 10 years, there are no other fans like the ones we play in front of at the Ralph. It’s inspiring, it’s emotional and it’s exciting every moment you step on the field,” Kelsay continued.
“Your teammates are a big reason why you do this. Being around long enough you establish a lot of lifelong relationships, not just in the locker room but around the building. That’s something I’ll carry with me and cherish for the rest of my life.”
Kelsay was selected by Buffalo in the second-round (48th overall) of the 2003 NFL draft out of Nebraska. He appeared in 147 games and made 120 starts in his 10-year career (2003-12) with Buffalo and totaled 32.5 sacks – which stand as the ninth-most in franchise history.
The defensive end finished his career with 522 tackles (305 solo), 90 quarterback hits, 21 passes defensed, two safeties, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Kelsay is one of three Buffalo defensive linemen (Ron McDole – 6 and Aaron Schobel – 3) to record three interceptions with the Bills.
Kelsay produced a career season in 2006, recording 88 tackles (44 solo) and 5.5 sacks. He was voted a defensive captain by his teammates in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Chris and his wife, Natalie, have two daughters, Harper and Avery, and one son, Rhett.