How The Chiefs Have Affected Movie History

If it weren't for the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the all-time classic movies would be a lot different.

This tidbit was in Arrowheadlines earlier this week but it's too good not to share again not that I'm settling back into KC. John Amos is an actor -- Mr. McDowell from Coming To America, Admiral Fitzwallace from the West Wing -- and, apparently, a Chiefs fan, too.

Back in the day, he was actually cut a couple of times by former Chiefs coach Hank Stram. Apparently, Amos wasn't very good, at least not good enough. Stram told him: "Young man, you are not a football player. You are a young man who happens to be playing football."

Amos then consoled himself with a pint of Jack Daniels and wrote a poem called, 'The Turk', which is of course named after the guy who tells you to grab your playbook and go see the coach.

Stram, said Amos, "gave me permission to read the poem to the team and they en masse gave me a standing ovation. When he saw the team's reaction to the poem he said, 'I think you have another calling.'"

So if it weren't for the Chiefs, one of my favorite movies -- Coming To America -- and one of my favorite TV shows -- West Wing -- would've been a lot different.

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