Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 1/29

Good morning Chiefs fans. Here's todays Kansas City Chiefs news. Some interesting stories on former players today. Enjoy.

It was a legendary career that almost wasn't for former Kansas City Chiefs and Lawton High star Will Shields.

Shields, who played 14 seasons at guard for the Chiefs, might not have had a career on the offensive line had he attended Arkansas.

"I got really close to going to Arkansas," Shields said. "They wanted me as a defensive lineman. I thought about it. I would have had to lose some weight, and I just felt more comfortable on offense."

Shields Might have Landed on Defense from The Oklahoman

Kyle Turley remembers the plane rides home when he first came into the NFL, those hours spent folding his 6-foot-5 frame into an airline seat after a Sunday afternoon full of violent collisions with other 300-pound men.

An offensive lineman for eight years with the Saints, Rams and Chiefs who retired after the 2007 season, Turley said it was commonplace to find comfort in the form of two Miller Lites. But the real relief, Turley said, would come when members of the Saints' medical staff routinely handed out the prescription painkiller Vicodin on the flights home.

Painkiller Misuse Numbs NFL Pain from ESPN

We already discussed RT Barry Richardson and the general consensus seemed to be that he was an ascending backup. While Richardson wasn't terrible in 2010 (remember Damien McSack or Sackintosh as he was sometimes called?)he wasn't great either.

If Richardson does turn out to be backup material that would mean the Chiefs need a starting RT, right?

Not so fast. Before we can answer that we need to decide if the Chiefs need a LT.

Chiefs Roster Evaluation: Branden Albert from Arrowhead Addict

However, the latest acknowledgment for the team comes thanks in part to its hallowed home, New Arrowhead. The MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council (MAMBDC) graced the organization with a special honor at its recent 25th Annual Awards Luncheon. There, the MAMBDC recognized Arrowhead Stadium's recent renovation as part of a project that displayed "unprecedented success" in supplier diversity.

Chiefs and Trumn Sports Complex Renovation Project Recognized for "Unprecedented Success" from The Mothership

"Man, this means a lot," Foster said. "It just goes to show that if you put your mind to something, you can do it. You can accomplish anything you want to."

That seems to be the theme at this Pro Bowl, with 35 first-timers selected to Sunday's NFL all-star game. Nowhere is that more evident than on the AFC, which has 23 of those players, specifically the squad's cast of unlikely playmakers.

Foster, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd, Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis; did anybody believe these guys would make the Pro Bowl before the season began?

First Time AFC Pro Bowlers Relish Trip to Hawaii from NFL.com

Former Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines once told Von Miller that he played like Derrick Thomas. Instead of just accepting the compliment, Miller wanted to learn more about exactly what that meant. 
   
So the Aggies' sack artist found some old film of the former Crimson Tide great, whom Kines had coached as Alabama's defensive coordinator in the 1980s, and familiarized himself with Thomas' game.
   
"I watched his film and studied his film," Miller said of Thomas, who went on to a Hall of Fame NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs before dying of injuries sustained in a car accident in 2000. "I watched all his interviews, and the point of view he had on the game is similar to the way I feel.

It's Von Miller's Time to Shine at Senior Bowl from AL.com

Like always, Tom Condon flew to Hawaii this week to spend some quality time with a few of his clients. Condon, arguably the most powerful agent in the NFL, has 13 clients playing in Sunday's Pro Bowl...

...During the labor skirmishes in 1982 and 1987, Condon was on the front lines. A former Kansas City Chiefs guard, he was president of the NFLPA in 1982 and in 1987 worked on the union's behalf as outside legal counsel.

Bell Tolls: Experience with NFL CBA Fight Helps Agent Condon from USA Today

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