Carl Peterson addressed the public to reflect on his 20 years as president and GM of the Kansas City Chiefs.  While there is a lot of speculation into Peterson’s future, he says for now he just wants some time off.

Peterson pointed to the many successes over his career at KC.  He talked about season ticket sales rose to the 70,000+ numbers they are at now.  Peterson reflected on how the team went to the playoffs six of his first seven seasons.

There were also the down times.  For example, the fact that the Chiefs have lost 23 of the last 25 games and how three times they finished 13-3 and came away with no post-season wins or any trips to the Super Bowl.

Peterson eluded that the decision to step down was his and that he encouraged Clark Hunt to make the announcement before the season ended so Hunt could start working on a replacement. 

The rumor is that Peterson could be headed to Miami.  When Peterson was the GM of the old USFL’s Philadelphia Stars, he worked for soon to be Dolphin’s owner Stephen Ross who invited Peterson to the Miami playoff game.  Peterson would not comment.

Listen to Carl’s comments and excerpts from his 44 minutes speech.

Listen to Carl Peterson (1:00 mp3)