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The Good Citizen

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From the FanPosts  -Joel

You got game?  That's not enough.  At least not for the Kansas City Chiefs.

For a player to be on the Kansas City Chiefs there would appear to be certain expectations.  While many organizations have their own ideas of what makes a quality teammate, there is a trend that is starting to materialize for the Todd Haley and Scott Pioli prospect:  A good citizen.

A good citizen is a blessing to any team.  He believes that he has certain responsibilities towards his teammates both on and off the field , just as the teammates have certain responsibilities toward him.  The good citizen is aware of his duties just as much as he is aware of his privileges.

One of the noticeable veins that run through the 2010 Chiefs draft picks is that most of them are former leaders on their college football teams.  Leaders inspire men by their respected sacrifices, their bravery, and their sincere actions.  Leaders are good citizens.

Dear Good Citizen...Welcome to Kansas City. 

It has become increasingly difficult for NFL teams to find good citizens and leaders among the throngs of youth who exit the college ranks seeking fame and money in the NFL.  In the frenzy to reach such fame many lose site of the fact that football is a team sport.

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The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations...Aristotle (II.1389a31)

The Chiefs have missed the boat for the last 5 years in their approach to find the sort of player that will turn this franchise around.  The organization knew it needed to improve it's talent.    They recognized that they needed the type of players that could pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.  But they didn't seem to be able to find the right combination of talent. What the Chiefs needed all along were players not only with talent but good citizens as well.  Men of courage who are dependable, sensible, loyal, and can follow the laws that are set forth by our society.   pic source

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.  Aristotle (I.1253a31)

Are you known to be a team cancer?  Don't let the door hit you on the way out.  Had trouble with the law?  No thank you.  Known as a hot and cold player?  Thank you, but we can find better.  Do you like to corner women in a bar bathroom?  Move on.

It is not the same thing to say that a good citizen is a good man.  The Kansas City Chiefs are not looking for 53 players that act like Gandhi.  The Chiefs are not looking for players to give all their money away and help little old ladies across the street every hour of the day.  If you are only a little like Brian Waters then that wouldn't hurt.   Because through it all you won't find a better citizen than Brian Waters of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The good citizen need not of necessity possess the virtue which makes a good man. Aristotle (III.1276b34)

Great endeavors need not have good men at the foundation but are achieved through the commitment and perseverance of good citizens.  Good citizens build and sustain franchises and poor citizens tear them down.  Marty, one of my favorite coaches, lost site of this in his last year in KC.  The team at the time, infiltrated by poor citizens and poor actions, crumbled to the ground that year.

Pioli, to this point, would appear to know the characteristics his foundation must possess to accomplish the goal.

If you are one of the many players that have been selected to join our Kansas City Chiefs, then we welcome you.  We at Chiefs nation look forward to your exploits on the field and your contribution to our community.

Scott Pioli selected players that have begun their football careers as good citizens.  In this, we at Chiefs nation commend you.  But in the words of Aristotle as he quoted a Greek proverb...

Well begun is half done. (V.1303b30) proverb

Here's hoping what has been started gets finished.

 

 


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