WATCH: Gary Kubiak gives an emotional goodbye to the Denver Broncos


An emotional Gary Kubiak met with the media at Broncos headquarters for the last time as the team’s head coach on Monday. After 22 seasons with the team as a player, coordinator and head coach, Kubiak officially announced his retirement following a 9-7 season that saw the Broncos miss the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

The longtime Bronco cited his inability to do all the things he needs to do in the routine of the job as his reason for stepping down. Health concerns played a big role in his recent slowdown.

Kubiak experienced his second health scare in three years this season when he has hospitalized after a Week 4 loss with a “complex migraine” diagnosis. In 2013 he was hospitalized after suffering a mini-stroke at halftime of a Houston Texans game.

Kubiak shared the podium on Monday with friend and teammate John Elway, now the Broncos executive VP of football operations. The two entered the NFL together in 1983 and have maintained a longtime friendship. When Kubiak made his decision to step down, Elway said Kubiak approached him as friend first and foremost.

Kubiak thanked dozens of individuals in his farewell address, but he made a special point to thank Broncos owner Pat Bowlen for all that he did for him over his two decades with the organization.

And of course, Kubiak thanked Elway.

But the overriding theme of Kubiak’s goodbye was his commitment to his family. Kubiak got a little emotional as he talked about the privilege of working with his sons over the years.