May 13, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Jean Fanor (42) runs drills during the rookie mini camp at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning! We kick off July with softball, fast food, and women's football. Must be the offseason. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news.
In Haiti, Jean Fanor was robbed on his way to school every day. The muggers would take everything he had-even what little lunch money his parents could spare. If he ran, they could catch him. Fanor quickly learned to fight back if he wanted to eat that day.
That fight-or-flight mentality he learned in Haiti translated well to the football field when Fanor moved to Miami (Fla.) when he was ten years old. Like Haitian-born NFL stars Jason Pierre-Paul, Pierre Garcon and others, Fanor had limited football experience before he moved to the U.S., but quickly became a star on the field-first at North Miami High School, and then as a member of the Bethune-Cookman (Fla.) Wildcats.
Hatian Upbringing Key In Fanor's NFL Journey from The Mothership
"K-State has a great tradition of putting guys in the league, whether it's by getting drafted or by free agency," Hartman said. "You also have that knack for sticking around, and coach Snyder really puts a sense of the hard work and work ethic and effort into us.
"I think that's the biggest thing that stays with us when we get to this level and hopefully sets us apart from the others."
The fact that he went undrafted allowed Hartman to seek out a favorable location without being tied to one team. The Chiefs, who were ravished by injuries to the secondary last year, fit the bill.
Hartman Pursues Dream; Former K-State Standout Looks To Catch On With The Kansas City Chiefs from The Salina Journal
The day concludes with the All-Star Legends and Celebrity softball game being played after the Futures Game.
The "fun-filled" game will feature MLB legends taking the field with top celebrities. Former Royals Brett and Bo Jackson as well as Hall of Famers such as Ernie Banks and Ozzie Smith will play on the legends team, while the celebrity team includes Kansas City natives actor Eric Stonestreet and American Idol winner David Cook, as well as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self.
A fireworks show will end the evening at the conclusion of the softball game.
Fans Await Funfest As MLB Comes To KC from The Topeka Capital-Journal
In New Orleans, there has been Ditka's, Shula's, and most recently, Manning's. Those sit-down restaurants are mini-memorials to the players. Buying a franchise is a different business strategy, but also a fairly common one among those who make fortunes playing ball.
Magic Johnson bought into Fatburger. Retired Canadian Football League player Noah Cantor is a co-owner in the Vancouver-based Vera's Burger Shack chain. Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Neil Smith, a New Orleans native, opened a Copeland's franchise in Kansas City.
Maiden got his start playing for the U.S. Naval Academy and the Kansas City Chiefs before making his coaching debut in the Canadian Football League. He worked as a coach for the New Orleans Knights, Mississippi Firedogs, Houma Bayou Bucks and the Houma Conquerors before agreeing to head up the Lady Dollz team last year.
Maiden Guiding Lady Dollz Football Team from The Daily Comet
In the last 13 years, eight of the Mr. Irrelevant players have actually made rosters or practice squads. In 2009. Ryan Succop, placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, not only won the job but finished his rookie season tying an NFL record for highest field-goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86%.
Steinberg: It's That Irrelevant Time Of Year Again from The Daily Pilot
2. Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo was a hot-and-cold act in Cleveland. Players have always liked him, but the Browns were a sizzling mess by the end of Crennel's tenure. He did a nice job in the interim role last season, and he's in a better position to succeed in Kansas City with young talent on both sides of the ball.
Philbin, Fisher, Or Pagano: Who Ranks Higher? from NFL.com