Good morning! Another day that's light on Kansas City Chiefs news, but we do have some stories on former Chiefs that are playing today for a trip to the Super Bowl. Enjoy.
Tony Gonzalez's Final Routes With The Atlanta Falcons May Jut Lead Him To The Pot Of Gold from The NY Daily News
It is such a shame that great athletes and their accomplishments are measured by championships. You say that when you look at the body of work that Tony Gonzalez has amassed over 16 NFL seasons. The greatest tight end in the history of the sport, with a league record 14,268 yards receiving, and second only to Jerry Rice in touchdown catches with 103, is not measured by those numbers. Until last week, the numbers that had always defined Gonzalez's brilliant career were 0 and 5 - as in his 0-5 playoff record.
Two Future Hall OF Famers, Two Different Journeys from The Anderson Independent Mail
Although it took until last week for him to know the joy of a postseason win, Gonzalez' four seasons in Atlanta have been marked by more victories than defeats.
As for baggage, good luck finding any.
About the most "controversial" thing he's ever done off the field is administer the Heimlich maneuver on a choking diner at a restaurant back in 2008.
It saved the man's life, by the way.
Lewis rehabilitated his image by doing good - especially the charitable work he has been involved with through his own Ray Lewis 52 Foundation.
Red Land Graduate Mike Cox One Win Away From Super Bowl from The York Daily Record
Cox played three seasons in Kansas City with Jovan Belcher, blocked him every day in practice. Cox's wife, Dana, even traveled to Kansas City to visit his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and the couple's new baby this fall.
Two weeks later, Belcher shot and killed Perkins before driving to the Chiefs' training facility and killing himself.
"It's still kind of unbelievable to me," Cox said.
"I think football has been a good release, you can just focus on football and being in a routine and the real world disappears. You focus on football and doing your job."
And, this weekend, that job will be blocking well enough to try and push Atlanta to its second Super Bowl.
Patriots Wary Of Ravens' Pollard? from Baltimore Beat Down
No team has felt the wrath of BP like the New England Patriots. At least twice in the last five years, Pollard has knocked both QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski out of not only the game, but the season as well. In 2008, while a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Pollard hit Brady's knee and tore his ACL, knocking him out for the entire season and thereby giving backup Matt Cassel the opportunity to get the big payday that he ended up with.
The Rooney Rule Fails As NFL Goes 0-15 In Filling Positions With Minorities from The NY Daily News
Out: Romeo Crennel
In: Andy Reid (Eagles head cocah)
Are The Chiefs Better?: Reid needed a new audience after all those years in Philly and the Philly players needed a new voice. Reid made it to five NFC title games, winning just once, and then lost in the Super Bowl. Reid reminds me of former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer, who also coached in Cleveland, Washington and San Diego - great regular season coach, bad in the playoffs. Well, unlike Marty, at least Reid did make it to a Super Bowl. Crennel is a very nice man and an excellent defensive coach, but Reid has a proven system and program.
Father Wants To Live To See Daughter's Wedding from The Middletown Journal
When told late last year he had inoperable Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Ron Long's mind immediately flashed forward to June 8, 2013.
He has three daughters, and has had the "privilege" to walk two of them - Jennifer, 48, and Holly, 36, - down the aisle on their wedding day. His middle daughter, Kasey Long, 37, whom is named in honor of her father's favorite NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs, is getting married this spring in Dallas.
Ron and Brenda Long have a calendar that hangs in their Middletown home. There is a circle around June 8.