09/25/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura says he's ready to get back out there and play the field, following his acquittal Saturday night on sexual assault charges, reports the Associated Press. One day after being acquitted of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, Chmura broke down in tears as he apologized for his conduct and expressed his desire to resume his NFL career. "I'm ready to get back to work. I plan on suiting up for someone next year," said Chmura, 31. I hope I'm still a good player," Chmura added. "This has opened my eyes up to a lot of things. I disappointed a lot of people. And for that I am truly sorry ... I'm a role model and I let a lot of people down." Chmura, who was cut by the Packers after he was charged, said he would celebrate his acquittal by going to Disney World before attempting to resume his pro football career.