Remembering Derrick Thomas (1967-2000) from The Mothership
13 years ago today, Edith Morgan lost a son and the Kansas City Chiefs lost a legend, Derrick Thomas. However, more powerful than the sting of death, is Derrick's legacy, which continues to grow.
Here is a look at the impact of Derrick Thomas, both on and off the field, as depicted by his remarkable stats and the opinions from some of his former NFL teammates, competitors and friends.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Foto Friday, Remembering Derrick Thomas
Steve Breaston will turn 30 this summer, and that's the age at which the skills of many wide receivers decline. He is coming off his worst NFL season, one in which he spent plenty of time anchored on the bench.
But Breaston said Friday he is so energized by the change at head coach from Romeo Crennel to Andy Reid that he can see a bright future for himself with the Chiefs.
"I do," Breaston said Friday at Central High School, where through his Steve Breaston Foundation he presented a new iPad to each of the 10 winners of an essay-writing contest.
"I've never gotten down on myself. It's a new opportunity so things can change for me. It's all up to me and what I do on the field. I feel good about (Reid) being here. My big thing is to just show him my work. I feel like there's a clean slate right now. I'm looking forward to (off-season practice)."
Don't Give Up On Childress Possibly Joining Chiefs from KC Star
There's still a chance that Brad Childress, former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, could be joining the Chiefs as an offensive assistant. Reid already has a seemingly bloated staff, but adding the voice of Childress, who also has experience as an offensive coordinator, can only help. Doug Pederson, the Chiefs' offensive coordinator, is in his first year in that job.
Fans Can Vote For KC Wolf To Win Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Award from The Mothership
Chiefs fans are encouraged to vote for KC Wolf to win the Most Awesome Mascot Award by visiting www.hallofgame.com. KC Wolf is vying for the title of Most Awesome Mascot Award against Louie (St. Louis Blues), Lou Seal (San Francisco Giants), and Rocky (Denver Nuggets). Fans can continue voting for KC Wolf until 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Feb. 9.
Steve Shalit , complex general manager of Westin Crown Center & Sheraton KC Hotel at Crown Center, and Tony Richardson, a former player with the Kansas City Chiefs, appeared on the FOX 4 Morning Show Friday to talk about this year's Fox 4 Love Fund Chocolate Breakfast.
2013 NFL Playoff Seedings: Why Wait? from NFL.com
5. Kansas City Chiefs - The preseason QB battle here will be interesting, but KC fans shouldn't wring their hands if Matt Cassel winds up with the gig. Remember, he won the division just two years ago. Otherwise, this collection of dynamic guys is gonna take off with Reid, who'll be coaching with a chip on his shoulder.
Thrift Store Junkies Preach Virtue Of Patient Shopping from The Sioux City Journal
Perusing a packed rack of slightly used sweatshirts, Jacki Peters began noticing a trend.
"This is the third or fourth 'World's Greatest Grandpa' shirt I've seen," the Morningside College junior said. "And this is probably the fourth or fifth Kansas City Chiefs sweatshirt as well."
"I guess a lot of grandparents are doing some early spring cleaning," Peters' friend and fellow Morningside student Renee Van Beaumont interjected.
Joe Flacco Contract Negotiations: Which Franchise Tag Will Ravens Use? from The Huffington Post
It would be the ultimate revenge for the Browns to take away Baltimore's most important player since the Ravens left Cleveland after the 1995 season. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in decent shape to chase Flacco because they should be around $20 million under the cap. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs can get in position to make a run at him with a couple of roster moves. Other teams with quarterback needs, such as the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, are too cap-strapped to entertain trying to sign Flacco.
Reid Hems And Haws About Matt Cassel's Future In KC from Pro Football Talk
"I'm going to just let that play out,'' Reid told Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star when asked whether Cassel would play for the team this year. "We're too early in the process to know that. We'll continue to evaluate it. We're evaluating him just like we do a free agent. That's what you do, and the thing about that is it takes time. I think he realizes that. That's how it works when there's a change.''
Translated: Not if I can find something better, which wouldn't appear to be difficult.
It was interesting to read Kiper Jr.'s thoughts on the Chiefs avoiding a quarterback with the No.1 pick. It is the same tack I have taken: I don't think the Chiefs should take a quarterback at No. 1 if no player is worthy of the pick.
Here is what Kiper Jr. had to say on the subject: "I disagree that the No. 1 pick could be a QB. At this point, it's just hard for me to see Geno Smith, Matt Barkley or a guy like Mike Glennon being considered enough of a guarantee at that spot. I think where you see Kansas City think about QB is either at No. (34) overall, or if they trade up into the 20's and get a better value. And you're right, Todd, free agency or a trade could still solve that problem."
Caleb Campbell: Stepping Out Of The Limelight And Into A Life Of Service from Examiner.com
Campbell would rejoin the Lions again in 2010, only to be released just prior to the season opener. His NFL career would include time on the practice rosters of the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. His career was limited to just three NFL games with the Lions, during which he was credited with three tackles.
Born and raised in Texas, Campbell currently calls Buffalo, N.Y., his home, at least temporarily. And that's where I caught up with him one recent morning.