KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pro Bowl guard Will Shields is retiring after 14 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 35-year-old announced his decision on his website on Sunday. He said the physical requirements of football had become more difficult with each passing day.
"The decision to hang up my cleats has not been an easy one to make for me, but one I knew I would eventually have to make," Shields wrote. "Today, I am letting everyone know that I am putting away my pads."
Shields, who has played in a franchise-record 224 games, made his 12th Pro Bowl appearance last season to tie the record held by Minnesota guard Randall McDaniel.
Shields' agent, Joseph Linta, did not immediately return a message left by the Associated Press.
Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said no one in the administration was aware of Shields' decision.
"We haven't spoken with Will regarding his future plans," Moore said. "I'm sure in due time we will speak if that's the path he takes."
Moore said Shields had indicated that he planned to make a decision about his retirement this spring.
"Without question, Shields has been more than a good player," Moore said. "He's been a major figure in the community. There's no doubt that whatever decision he makes, he will continue to hold that position."
On his site, Shields thanked fellow players, coaches and his wife and children.
"I am looking forward to a future filled with sports in mind," he wrote. "Whether it is in the stands, on the sideline, in the press box or in an office -- football will remain in my blood. My best wishes to all and I hope to see you soon. Thank you again, for all your support."
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