Derrick Alexander viewed his four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as the best of his career. Today he got his wish to end his career with the Chiefs. He agreed to a contract, then promptly retired.
“The Chiefs and Kansas City have been very good to me,” said Alexander. “The Chiefs were the team that I was with the longest and we love the area, so it just made sense to retire here. Kansas City is a nice place with nice people and good schools. I have a lot of great memories of playing at Arrowhead and will never forget how exciting it was just driving into the parking lot on Sundays and seeing all the fans in red, ready to cheer us on.”
Alexander played in Kansas City from 1998-2001. In 2000, he set a team record with 1,391 receiving yards that year, catching 78 passes (that number is fourth-best in franchise history). In four seasons, Alexander moved up to seventh all-time with 3,685 yards receiving, 10th in receptions with 213 and his 12 100-yard receiving performances are is fourth best in club history.
His career had been on stand-still since injuring a knee in 2002 as a member of the Vikings.
“We’re pleased and proud that Derrick requested that he retire from the NFL as a member of the Chiefs,” said Chiefs General Manager Carl Peterson. “Derrick was a very productive receiver for this franchise. We are just as pleased that he and his family have made Kansas City their home.”
Alexander started his career by playing four seasons with the Browns/Ravens before signing with the Chiefs in 1998. His injury came eight games into the 2002 season.
Alexander lives in the Kansas City area.