Trent Dilfer: Andy Reid 'Really Like Alex' from The San Francisco Chronicle
Twenty years after Joe Montana was traded to the Chiefs, could Alex Smith be the next longtime 49ers quarterback to finish his career in Kansas City?
Today, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said new Kansas City coach Andy Reid, then with the Eagles, expressed interest in acquiring Smith when he was a free agent after the 2011 season. According to Dilfer, Reid "really likes Alex."
"There was a courtship last year, to a certain degree," Dilfer said.
Toub Brings Pro Bowl Mentality To Chiefs from FS Kansas City
The popular perception about new Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub is that, while in Chicago, he was only as good as the mega-talented Devin Hester.
But while Hester developed into the NFL's all-time leader in kick (punt and kickoff) return touchdowns with 17 under Toub's guidance, it wasn't only Hester that excelled on the Chicago Bears' special teams.
During his nine years in Chicago, Toub also coached five other kick returns for touchdowns. And under Toub, returners Johnny Knox and Danieal Manning combined to average 27 yards a return on kickoffs along with two touchdowns.
Canton Endorsements from Sports On Earth
Priest Holmes rushed for 4,590 yards and 56 touchdowns between 2001 and 2003. Larry Johnson added 3,539 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2005 and 2006. Trent Green went through a four-year period in which he was sacked just 1.7 times per game, even though he led the league in pass attempts once came close two other times. The Chiefs finished in the top five in the NFL in net yardage every year from 2002 through 2006, despite the fact that their receiving corps was incredibly ordinary.
Holmes and Green were very good players. Johnson was OK when his head was on straight. The on-field strength of the 2000's Chiefs offense clearly centered around tight end Tony Gonzalez and the offensive line. Gonzalez is a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, and left tackle Willie Roaf was inducted last year. Will Shields deserves to be the third player from that Chiefs team inducted, for two reasons: 1) He was the best guard in the NFL, playing for the best offensive line in the NFL, at his peak; 2) His sustained period of excellence lasted for a decade.
The Super Bowl And Roman Numerals, A Match Made In Kansas City from Yahoo! Sports
It is the most American of occasions, the showpiece of the most American of all sports, so why does the Super Bowl use Roman numerals to denote its grand event every year?
No other major American sport uses the Roman counting system, one formerly familiar to school kids around the country but now essentially obsolete to the iPad generation. Yet the Super Bowl persists with the tradition, has no desire or plan to change it, and the ancient characters will continue to appear just as they have since 1971.
That was the year when what was supposed to be Super Bowl 5 became Super Bowl V, at the insistence of pioneering sports entrepreneur Lamar Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the most significant figures in the growth in the game's popularity.
Bears Free Agency Preview: Wide Recievers from ESPN Chicago
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs: Money is going to be a theme when it comes to the upper echelon free-agent wide receivers, and Bowe falls squarely in that category. Bears general manager Phil Emery spent three years in Kansas City with Bowe, where he watched the wideout top 1,000 receiving yards two times and catch 15 touchdowns in 2010. After getting slapped with the franchise tag last year, Bowe is looking for a lucrative long-term contract.
Chattahoochie Valley Sports Hall Of Fame: Told He May Never Walk, Lewis Colbert Went On To Be Punter In The NFL from The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
After being cleared by doctors, he played his senior season at Glenwood School as a punter, averaging 42.1 yards per punt. He walked on at Auburn the next year, eventually earning the regular punting job as a redshirt freshman in 1982.
Over the next four years, he became arguably the most successful punter in the school's history, earning an All-America nod in 1985.
He was selected in the NFL draft the following year and played three seasons as a professional with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
Shonn Green And The AFC West from ESPN
Kansas City: The Chiefs could use a complement to star Jamaal Charles and that could be Peyton Hillis, who is a free agent after an underwhelming season with the Chiefs. Greene might be too pricey to be just a complementary part to Charles.
Happy Birthday To Chris Burford, Kansas City Chief Great from Rant Sports
Burford retired with many Chiefs' franchise records. He retired with the most receiving touchdowns in a single season, most career receiving touchdowns and most career catches. All of those records and milestones have since been broken, mostly by Tony Gonzalez. The most impressive is by far his 12 touchdowns in 1962. That mark stood nearly 50 years until Dwayne Bowe passed it in 2010 with 15 touchdowns.
A very big wide receiver at 225 ponds that helped revolutionize of the vertical passing game turns 75, his power and will to not be tackled and brought to the ground made up for his in-athleticism. His legacy will always be remembered by fans and enshrined in the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. Happy birthday, Chris Burford.
NFLPA Teams With Harvard For Health Study, Rips NFL from USA Today
But the players want more significant action. Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston, 29, said he was terrified by something as seemingly mundane as misplacing car keys because it might be an early sign of potential brain disease.
"It's the little stuff - I can't remember people's name at the end of a season," Winston said. "There's talk that they're headed toward being able to identify (degenerative brain disease) in the living. Maybe this research will get us closer toward identification, cure, possible treatments."
Players are putting the onus on the league to step up. "We put $100 million in. They (the NFL) should put $100 million in," Winston said.
KC Star Photo Gallery: Kansas City Chiefs In Super Bowl IV In 1970