Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak announced his retirement from coaching Monday, citing his health as the main factor in the decision.
"As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach. I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me," Kubiak said in a statement Monday morning. "I gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it's the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos."
Kubiak, 55, was diagnosed with a complex migraine condition earlier this season, which required hospitalization (he missed one game). He also suffered a mini-stroke back in 2013 as the head coach of the Houston Texans.
Kubiak has spent 22 seasons with the Broncos as a player, coach or assistant. Although he announced his retirement from coaching, Kubiak did not rule out accepting another position within the football world.
"I've been blessed to spend more than two decades with the Broncos working for Mr. Bowlen and a great organization from top to bottom," Kubiak said. "I'm forever grateful to this team, in particular John Elway and Joe Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to serve as its head coach. There are countless others to thank, including players, coaches, personnel staff, trainers, support staff and fans.
"Although we fell short of our goals this year, I'm proud of our teams these past two seasons. Helping to bring Mr. Bowlen, his family and this organization its third Super Bowl is something that will always be very special to me."
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Kubiak told the team of his plans to retire.
"I'm not sure what my future holds, but I know that I'll always consider myself a Bronco," Kubiak said. "This team is in good hands with a lot of outstanding people, and I expect great things ahead for the Denver Broncos."