Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/21

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Alex Smith And "DJ" Earn 2014 Pro Bowl Honors from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs 2013 record-breaking season received more recognition on Monday.

Andy Reid's team has two more players heading to Hawaii; the NFL announced on Monday that Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson will replace injured San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman and Chiefs QB Alex Smith will replace New England Patriots QB Tom Brady in Sunday's 2014 Pro Bowl.

Coach Reid Receives Prestigious Award from The Mothership

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was honored with the Diversity Advocacy in Sports Award, an award that recognizes those in sports who honor Martin Luther King's principles.

"Every year we look for someone who looks at someone's abilities, not their race and if you look at Coach Reid's history, he does what's good for the team, without looking at race or religion," Lyons commented. "He has been a leader in sports and we wanted to recognize all that he has done for the community."

Coach Reid was thrilled to be a part of the event and was honored that the NAACP chose to recognize him.

Community Outreach Year In Review from The Mothership

One of the Chiefs main missions is to engage the fans and unite with the Kansas City community, which they accomplish week after week. The Chiefs Community Relations department has created a myriad of programs in order to inspire youth, connect with the community and honor those in the region.

"The events that we have in place are really exciting because it's not only the players, or the Hunt family, but it's the Cheerleaders, the Red Coaters and front office staff; everybody coming together collectively as the Chiefs Community Caring Team to help uplift our neighbors and our community throughout the year," Chuck Castellano, Chiefs Community Relations Manager, noted.

The Chiefs Community Caring Team is led by Clark and Tavia Hunt along with the entire Hunt family and includes members from the Chiefs organization who participate in community outreach efforts throughout the year.

Senior Bowl Notebook: A Competitive Day One from The Mothership

Monday began with a quick trip to pick up our 65 TPT media credentials, before it was off to take in the first day of practice by the North team. From the opening whistle that began practice to the final drill of the day, the players' intensity never let up, clearly indicating this trip to Mobile was not a vacation that included a bag full of goodies.

Following the practice at Ladd-Peeble's Stadium, we caught up with our good friend Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for the NFL Network and he assessed the day-one standouts.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Our Pro Bowl Players Best Photos

KCChiefs.com Video: Senior Bowl Check In

Chiefs Interview Several Players, Plus Other Senior Bowl Observations from KC Star

That list includes (but is certainly not limited to): Oregon receiver Josh Huff, Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Utah cornerback Keith McGill, Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, Florida State safety Terrence Brooks, Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James and North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner. Meanwhile, BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy and San Jose State quarterback David Fales said they had interviews with the Chiefs scheduled for the near future.

Vanderbilt Receiver's Work Ethic On Display At Senior Bowl from KC Star

The Chiefs, who pick 23rd in the first round, happen to be in the market for another receiver, and NFL Network analyst and former scout Bucky Brooks said coach Andy Reid's offense works best with receivers who can run with the ball after the catch. Lee, Watkins and Cooks definitely fit that description better than a possession receiver like Matthews.

LB Derrick Johnson, QB Alex Smith Added To Pro Bowl Roster from Chiefs Spin

A few hours after the Chiefs announced the addition of Johnson, quarterback Alex Smith was selected to replace New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Johnson and Smith brings the total number of players from Kansas City in the Pro Bowl to 10.

Monday's move marks Johnson's third straight trip to the Pro Bowl, and a first for Smith.

For Chiefs, A Long Way To Go from ESPN

If it wasn't bad enough that the Kansas City Chiefs have another few months to contemplate their playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts before starting practice again, they now have another reality to ponder. For the first time since the 2002 season, they have the AFC's Super Bowl representative in their division.

Former Rutgers And Maryland Offensive Lineman R.J. Dill Has Fondness For New Penn State Coach James Franklin from NJ.com

"He's always been really good to me, I'm really excited for him and for my home state to have such a great head coach at Penn State. But I also realize that's also going to make things harder for coach Flood in recruiting and that other stuff. But I think they'll be successful and coach Flood is doing a great job up there. They'll be fine."

But Dill, who just signed a reserve-future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, does have a pecking order in mind. When Penn State visits Rutgers next September, during the school's first season in the Big Ten, Dill knows in which rooting section he'll be sitting.

Bucs GM Candidate Vital 'Staying With Falcons' from The Tampa Tribune

Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard bowed out of the process early last week, telling the team he did not want to move his family.

What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America from The Huffington Post

So now, America, let's talk about Richard Sherman in the NFL. Let's talk about the Stanford graduate from Compton who has never been arrested, never cursed in a post-game interview, never been accused of being a dirty player, started his own charitable non-profit, and won an appeal in the only thing close to a smudge on his record.

This past off-season, 31 NFL players were arrested for everything from gun charges and driving under the Influence to murder.

Last year, Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of his own child, before taking his own life.

The Latest NFL Lawsuit Centers On This Exhumed Brain from Wired

With or without evidence of CTE, the lawsuit still faces an uphill battle. Lawyers would have to convince a jury that negligence on the team's part led to Belcher's suicide. That is, they will have to make a compelling case that playing football harmed his brain (here's where a CTE diagnosis would help), and that this harm to his brain caused the behavior that led to his death (here there will be little but speculation), AND that the team knew (or should have known) about these injuries and was so negligent in dealing with them that their actions contributed to his death.

"It is fair to say that even if the law and facts are on one's side, you can still expect a long, expensive court battle that is not guaranteed to come out your way," Shen said. "It's difficult for an individual to bear those costs, which is one of the reasons class action lawsuits are used."

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