The Kansas City Chiefs seem to be a long way away from becoming serious contenders in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped veteran linebacker Tamba Hali from dreaming of playoff success. During his career, the team has reached the playoffs twice, only to lose, and he is starting to wonder whether or not the championship window could be closing.
“We’re getting older, and it’s starting to hit you more,” Hali said, via the Kansas City Star. “Eight years ago, it was fun coming out here and proving you could play the game, but at this stage in your career, you want to prove something, you want to win a Super Bowl, you want to accomplish something.”
While the Chiefs regroup this season, Hali will be very comfortable making $12.25 million, but that money doesn’t take his eyes off of the ultimate goal.
“Playing football and making money is not the goal. It’s to win a championship for the Chiefs. There’s a chip on our shoulder for the older guys to get something done … because a couple of years from now we’re probably not going to be here coming to camp.”
The Chiefs seem to be headed in the right direction with new head coach Andy Reid and the new regime in Kansas City, so there is some hope for Hali that his veteran leadership could help turn around the Chiefs’ fortunes.
After all, if something doesn’t happen for the team in the next few years, Hali may never taste the playoff success that he is hoping for.
Even worse for Hali, who turns 30 during the season, is that the psychic who spoke to our sister site Arrowhead Addict predicted the Chiefs wouldn’t get to a Super Bowl until 2021. That’s not the time frame he is hoping for.