KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito is retiring after nine NFL seasons.
DeVito, 31, announced his retirement Monday on Twitter, saying it was his wife, Jessie, who was most influential in his decision. The couple is expecting a second child.
DeVito says: ''I have people here that will expect me to be here and be a father and be a husband and a leader of my family.''
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Known for his leadership in the locker room and his versatility - he played three positions on the line in 2012 - DeVito spent his first six seasons with the New York Jets, twice going to the playoffs. He then joined the Chiefs for the last three seasons, but appeared in only one game in 2014 after tearing his Achilles tendon.
DeVito had a career-high three sacks last season as the Chiefs rallied from 1-5 to make the playoffs.
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