Mecole Hardman bids farewell, says it was ‘privilege to play in front of Chiefs Kingdom’

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Rich Sugg/rsugg@kcstar.com

The 2022 season wasn’t what wide receiver Mecole Hardman had hoped for personally, but he’ll still get a second Super Bowl ring.

Hardman dealt with a groin injury that limited him to 25 receptions for 297 yards and four touchdowns in eight games. He worked hard to return to the AFC Championship Game and made two catches for 7 yards. One reception picked up a first down.

That turned out to be his final game in a Chiefs uniform. Hardman missed the Super Bowl and this week agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets.

On Thursday, he wrote a farewell message to Kansas City.

“Chiefs Kingdom:

“I would like to thank Mr. Hunt, Coach Reid, and the rest of the Chiefs organization for giving me a chance! These past 4 years and winning two Super Bowls has been great. It was a privilege to play in front of Chiefs Kingdom. Thank y’all for everything!

“Finally, thanks to my teammates I had a privilege to play along side during those years. Pat, Trav, Chris and so many others (too many to name) showed me how to be a pro and what it takes to become a champion and I appreciate everybody.

“Now for the next chapter. I’m excited to come play for the Jets and I can’t wait to show the coaches and fans what I’m capable of doing.

“Let’s get to work!!!”