Driven By Defeat

He sat alone after the game. Still in his uniform and with his helmet on. It was a lonely sight. This warrior all alone on the seats. He never talked much about what his thoughts were. We can only imagine that this loss, this devasting loss after coming so far, hurt. It must have hurt real bad.

There had been other losses over the years. Sadly, there were way more losses than wins for him. Perhaps he contemplated how many more years he had to get to the big game. He was 30 years old and did not have much time left. How would next year be any better? What if he got hurt and couldn't play the whole season? All these thoughts must have bombarded his mind. He felt like crying. Then, he got up, walked away and began his offseason routine. He would prepare harder, train harder, practice harder and perform better. Again.

Because he was driven.

That 30 year old warrior was Walter Payton after the Bears were shut out 23 to 0 at Candlestick in the 1984 NFC championship game by San Francisco.

You know what happened in 1985.

I'm not suggesting that the 2014 Chiefs will have the same kind of year as the '85 Bears. What I am suggesting is that resiliency, drive, detemination and strong desire, even after a devasting defeat, can propel teams and individuals to higher levels of performance. There's an old adage that goes something like; " What doesn't kill us make us stronger."

I think there will be a lot of drive and determination in the new season. Seems to me that our team should be highly motivated to pay back 4 of 2013's losses. I also believe that both Andy and Alex cant wait to show the rest of the league a thing or two about running an offense. And, for those of you who are down on Sutton, try keep in mind that Reid won't shrug off this game. He's going to want answers and improvement, not excuses. We can also expect that Andy's boss just might want to know what the hell happened, why it happened and what Reid and Dorsey are going to do to fix it.

Beyond the formal appearance, I think Clark is a bit driven, too.


I moved to KC from Chicago in 1989. I was there for the Super Bowl year and it was amazing. However, I have become an unabashed Chiefs fan since and haven't followed the Bears since Ditka was let go.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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