After 11 seasons, the 2009 NFL Man of the Year award and five Pro Bowls, Waxahachie’s Brian Waters was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday as the organization tries to build around its youth.

“Brian has played a key role in our progress and I am personally grateful for his contributions to this team,” Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli said. “He and I had a good discussion and mutually agreed that this is a sound football decision for both Brian and the Chiefs. Brian has been an integral part of this organization and will always be part of the Kansas City Chiefs. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Waters originally signed with Kansas City in 2000 after entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with Dallas in 1999. He started 149 of the 163 games he played in for the Chiefs and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, most recently in 2010.

“I’d like to thank the entire Chiefs organization, especially for giving me an opportunity as a young player when other teams wouldn’t,” Waters said. “I’m grateful for the coaches, teammates and support staff who helped me become the player and man I am today. I’d also like to thank the fans of Kansas City who cheered us on. The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City.”

A tight end and defensive lineman in college at North Texas, Waters entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1999 with Dallas. The Cowboys released him before the season and he caught on the next year with the Chiefs, who converted him to offensive line.

Waters eventually became one of the NFL’s premier players at his position and was a mainstay for the great Chiefs offensive lines of the early 2000s that produced several 1,000-yard rushers.

On the open market for the first time after establishing himself as one of the best left guards in the league, Waters is looking to catch on with a Super Bowl contender.

“My family and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Brian both as a player and a person and we wish him the best in the future. From his performance on the field over the years to being named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2009, Brian has been an outstanding member of the Chiefs organization and, when he is ready to retire, we’ll welcome him back to do so as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said.

Waters’ release came three days after he helped the NFL Player’s Association agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. He was a member of the executive committee and involved in all the negotiations.

Premier left guards are hard to come bye so look for Waters to catch on with a Super Bowl contender soon as the first scrimmages are set for Aug. 11.

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