Chiefs' QB Moon To Retire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Warren Moon plans to make this season his last in the NFL, saying he's accomplished everything he hoped for in his 22-year career except winning a championship.

"This decision is pretty final," Moon said in a videotape posted Wednesday on his Web site.

Moon, 43, signed a two-year free agent contract with the Chiefs in April 1999, joining the team as a backup to injury prone Elvis Grbac. He appeared in only one game last season, completing one of three passes for 20 yards.

He came to Kansas City from Seattle, where he passed for 1,632 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the Seahawks during the 1998-99 season.

Moon started his professional career in the Canadian Football League before joining the Houston Oilers. He played at Minnesota before going to the Seahawks.

"This will be my 23rd year of professional football," Moon said on the videotape. "I never thought I'd get this much out of the game as I have. I've enjoyed it and I think I have one more in me and I want to try and go out and win a championship.

"That's about the only thing I have left to do in my career. If I can get that done, everything will be complete. Otherwise, I'm very proud of where I am in my career."

He said there were "a lot of things I want to do with the rest of my life that you can't devote the time to because of the commitment football takes."

Moon has completed 3,973 of 6,789 passes for 49,117 yards and 290 touchdowns with 232 interceptions.

He ranks third in NFL history in pass attempts, pass completions and passing yardage. He is tied for fourth with Johnny Unitas in touchdown passes.

Moon has passed for 3,000 yards in a season nine times, and for 300 yards in a game 49 times.

His 527 yards against the Chiefs on Dec. 16, 1990, were the second-most in NFL history, behind the 554 yards of Norm Van Brocklin in 1951.

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