KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24: Safety Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Long, tedious days stretched into weeks and months as Berry rehabbed and recovered from knee surgery. He needed an outlet to help him through the depression and disappointment, not to mention the pain, of missing the 2011 season following an injury on the second play of the season opener.
So Berry picked up a pen and paper. He wrote three screenplays. He composed music. And he filled his notebook with nearly 200 poems.
Berry Showed His Creative Side During Lost Season from KC Star
e. Every year there's a last-to-first story. The Chiefs are mine, though it's a flimsy last to first, seeing as how they were a game out of first in the AFC West last year.
MMQB from Sports Illustrated
Tom Flores was about to speak at a black-tie gala in Washington, having just been introduced as the recipient of the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence, when someone in the audience shouted, "UOP, UOP!"...
...Flores not only is loyal to his alma mater but also to the Oakland Raiders, the franchise he led as its first quarterback in 1960 and later to two Super Bowl titles as head coach, when the franchise was located in Oakland (1981) and Los Angeles (1984). Flores also earned a ring as an assistant coach under John Madden with Oakland in 1977, and as the Kansas City Chiefs' backup quarterback to Len Dawson in 1970.
Tiger For Life from The Stockton Record
How will being healthy change the Chiefs? Running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry powered the Chiefs to a division title two seasons ago, then torn ACLs befell them in consecutive weeks to open the 2011 season. Charles, with his rushing and receiving abilities, is the lifeblood of the offense, and Berry's dynamic playmaking against both run and pass was impossible to replace. The concern is how Matt Cassel, who was lost for the season after a November hand injury, will perform. He'll be in a new system under coordinator Brian Daboll.
AFC West Breakdown: Broncos Raise The Bar With Peyton Manning from SportingNews
The NFL season kicks off this week and former Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields wants to give a certain segment of fans an inside look at the game.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Shields will play host to 68's Inside Sports' Women's Football 101 Clinic at 9111 Flint in Overland Park.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Dont'a Hightower, LB, New England. It might be tougher to measure Hightower's impact on the Patriots' defense than it will be to see that of Kansas City rookie defensive tackle Dontari Poe on the Chiefs' or of Green Bay rookie linebacker Nick Perry on the Packers'. But by the end of the season, Hightower could be worthy of consideration as one of the AFC's top five linebackers.
NFL Headed For A Mega-Awards Season from The Erie Times-News