Former Alabama wide future retired after 5 seasons in the NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs released Greg Dieter on May 5, and this time, the wide receiver will not return to the team.

Alabama graduate announced his retirement via social media on Wednesday.

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“I have decided to retire from football!” Dieter wrote on his Instagram account. “I’ve had some time to sit back and reflect on my career. What a crazy ride for me over the past five years. It’s been a rollercoaster for my family and I over the course of my time in the NFL!”

“My dream has always been to play in the NFL. I’ve had to earn my job every day for the past five years, and I wouldn’t have earned it any other way!”

“My time with the Chiefs has been amazing. The coaches and players have become family to me. So many amazing people have made an impact on me.

@meg.dieter, Thank you for all your support! I know it has never been easy for us but your support over the past 8 years has helped me more than you know!

“patrickmahomeskillatravcheetah @b_bell10, thank you guys for being such brothers to me! I will never forget how much fun we had every day!”

“My first ever NFL game was against Jordy Nelson, who was my idol watching the game.

“Crazy to sit and think about my time. I was never the star. I always knew what my role was and did it to the best of my ability, which is why I can sit back and be happy where I finished! I have to compete against the Hall of Famers. My teammates are the best in the The Game.There are so many guys I can name who have taught me things about this sport and life.The only thing I’ve been proud of is being positive no matter the situation and being a good teammate!

“Twenty-four years of football. I can’t wait to see what’s next!”

Dieter has been with The Chiefs since he formed the Kansas City coaching staff in 2017 as an unnamed rookie. Seven times previously, the Chiefs waived or released Dieter, re-signing him with Kansas City after each.

Most of Dieter’s career in the NFL was spent as a member of the coaching staff, including the entire 2021 season. In the three years between the 2021 season and his junior campaign, when he also didn’t make it onto the field, Dieter played in 10 regular season games and three playoffs with the Chiefs. He had two passes for 32 yards in the regular season and earned an 11-yard reception in Kansas City’s 31-13 playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts on January 12, 2019.

The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 at Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020, and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 in Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021. Dieter was a member of the Kansas City coaching squad for both championship games.

After collecting 94 passes for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns for Bowling Green in 2015, Dieter came to Alabama as a freshman transfer and earned 15 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.

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Mark Enabinet is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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