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Michigan football legend Chad Henne announces retirement

Chad Henne’s playing career has officially come to an end.



Sept 29, 2007; Evanston, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Chad Henne (7) adjusts the play at the line during the fourth quarter at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL. Michigan beat Northwestern 28-16. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

After Sunday’s Super Bowl, former Michigan football quarterback Chad Henne announced that his playing career has come to an end. The official announcement came just after Henne claimed his second Super Bowl ring as the Chiefs’ backup quarterback during Kansas City’s 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57.

It’s been a long and fruitful playing career for Henne, who saw NFL action for 13 seasons after playing as Michigan’s starting quarterback for four years. While Henne did not see much action as a starter, you don’t make it nearly a decade and a half in the National Football League without being one of the best at your craft.

Henne becomes a Michigan football legend

The main highlights of Henne’s career came during his four seasons as the Wolverines’ starting quarterback from 2004-2007. During his four-year Michigan football career, Henne became known as one of the most talented passers in Michigan and Big Ten history. In 2004, Henne became the Wolverines’ second-ever true freshman starting quarterback, leading Michigan football to a 9-3 season (7-1 Big Ten) and a conference title.

In total, Henne left Michigan with a 36-14 overall record, a Big Ten Championship (2004), and two major program records: all-time passing yards (9,715) and all-time passing touchdowns (87). Henne was legendary head coach Lloyd Carr’s final quarterback as he, too, finished his Michigan football career after the 2007 season.

Chad Henne caps NFL career with Super Bowl ring

Throughout his many years in the NFL, Henne threw for over 13,000 yards and 60 touchdowns. He ends his career as a two-time Super Bowl Champion – both of which came during his time with the Kansas City Cheifs.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.