Senior Bowl Offers Opportunities To Shine from The Mothership
What's been great to see this week, in addition to the on-field play, is how the players are mixing business with pleasure. They know they are under a microscope, but are also enjoying the new friendships being developed with the guys they've faced during the season.
Could This Be The Final Pro Bowl? Effort Will Be Key from KC Star
The Pro Bowl might be coming to an end, but it's not because of a sense of bewilderment about the 2-14 Chiefs landing six players on the AFC roster.
Effort has emerged as the top theme for this year's Pro Bowl. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made clear the game will be canceled if the AFC and NFC all-stars put on a second-rate football exhibition this year.
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said players are going to step it up this time, but that it's unrealistic to expect full effort from the NFL's top athletes when they're limited in the plays they're able to run.
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Charles said he's enjoyed watching the leadership of other Pro Bowl players as he's been taking on a bigger leadership role with the Chiefs.
''I'm just trying to keep grinding and working hard,'' he said. ''Trying to be where I'm at right now - trying to get back here next year.''
Andy Reid Has Rollercoaster Ride Of A Year from The Glendale News-Press
Change was abundant for the three locals in the NFL this past season with even more on the horizon. Most notable was Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College football player, joining a new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, for the first time in nearly a decade-and-a-half after a second year of struggles with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Al Harris Is Back As Coach from Total Packers
He was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and then the St. Louis Rams, where he played the 2011 season. Now, Harris has been added to former coach Andy Reid‘s staff as secondary coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The road to here for Harris has been long and somewhat winding, especially in recent years.
Dustin's Pro Bowl Nod First In Colquitt Kicking Dynasty from GoVolsXtra
For several years, Chiefs fans have jokingly referred to Colquitt - a third-round draft choice in 2005 - as the team's MVP, but his emergence as one of the top punters in the NFL is no joke.
"It's special to be able to do this in Kansas City," Colquitt said last week. "Obviously, this is my first stop and I've had a great time in Kansas City, so I was really happy for the organization as a whole. With them investing in me, it felt good to deliver and finally say, 'Hey, I made it to the Pro Bowl.' "
It's Your Business from The Topeka Capital-Journal
The Topeka Lodging Association will hold its annual banquet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Holiday Inn West Holidome. Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Deron Cherry will be the keynote speaker, and awards will be presented to exceptional hotel staff in a variety of categories.
Brotherly Bragging, Love Never Dies Out from The Hutchinson News
Jim Harbaugh, by the way, is a younger brother, too.
He grew up playing with the big kids, too. In his case, it made him better. So did growing up in a house where dad was a football coach. He punched his ticket to the University of Michigan and was drafted by the Chicago Bears, where he tormented Mike Ditka for years.
He was also the quarterback for the darkest day in Kansas City Chiefs history - a 10-7 AFC playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts in January 1996 that is best remembered for [name redacted]'s kicking woes.
Uniform Evolution Has NFL Dressed For Success from The Advocate
But when Super Bowl IV came to New Orleans for the last true AFL/NFL championship game before the rival leagues merged, uniforms weren't quite what they were in the early days of the NFL.
That's especially true of the helmets, which were made of hard plastic and had protective facemasks as opposed to the crude leather headgear that became mandatory in the 1930s.
Still, uniforms had a long, long way to go.
When the 2013 NFL season begins, there will be four minority head coaches - Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, Leslie Frazier in Minnesota, Ron Rivera in Carolina and Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh. That's the fewest since the Rooney Rule was implemented.
Is it fair, however, to infer that the NFL has suddenly shifted back to being a "good old boys" network after a decade of progress?
I'd say that isn't fair.
Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic, but I think most NFL franchises have moved beyond the thinking that minority coaches cannot be successful leaders in a league in which more than 70 percent of the players are African-American.
Her beauty and back story is what is gaining her attention, but it'll be her skills that keep her in the spotlight. The hard work she's putting in is visible. Wray does not have another fight scheduled yet, though she did recently join Twitter - her account is @CheerleaderMMA.
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