When the Chiefs signed Priest Holmes as an unrestricted free agent in 2001, the team expected him to be its third-down, change-of-pace running back. Instead, Holmes became the most prolific running back in franchise history. That’s why Holmes, the club’s all-time leader in rushing and touchdowns, was introduced by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt as the 44th member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the 101 Awards dinner at the Westin Crown Center hotel.
His signature plays, though, were ones that featured Holmes in the open field. He had great vision and patience for letting the blocks develop in front of him, so Holmes was a natural on sweeps and screens. Even if that’s exclusively how he was used by the Chiefs, Holmes would still have been a useful player. But Holmes’ game was complete. Now the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame is complete with Holmes as a member.
"Having a coach like Andy Reid helping my career and invest in my career as a player and putting me in great position (helps)," said Charles, who received the honor at the 101 Banquet at the Westin Crown Center hotel. "I led the league in touchdowns, and … I never thought I could score as many touchdowns as I did last year."
Cooper wasn't a surprise winner, not after the way he played for most of the season. Cooper played so well after joining the Chiefs at the start of the regular season that he quickly became their third cornerback. Things fell apart later in the season to the point the Chiefs benched him for a time, so his season was uneven. But when he played well, Cooper was an asset to the Chiefs. His hustle on a special-teams play resulted in a touchdown in an early-season game against Tennessee. He intercepted three passes, including one that helped the Chiefs finish off the Raiders in Week 6.
"I feel very blessed to be in the city of Kansas City and having the opportunity to work in this community and for a great organization, a phenomenal organization," Reid said. "I'm humbled that you'd even think of me to be the AFC Coach of the Year." Rivera was an assistant under Reid in Philadelphia. "The one thing about Andy that stands out about him is his presence," Rivera said. "With him walking into a room, especially a new room like Kansas City last year, I promise you there was probably instant credibility because of the success he had had and people could see that."
One has to wonder how Hawley will fare if the Falcons reel in a big, tough right guard next to him such as Jon Asamoah (6-4, 305) from the Kansas City Chiefs, who was drafted by new Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli. A player like Asamoah, coupled with solid left guard Justin Blalock, would give Hawley plenty of help.
The Maxwell Football Club (MFC), the oldest football club in America, announced that San José State University's Dick Vermeil is the winner of the 25th Francis "Reds" Bagnell Award for Contributions to Football. The one-time Spartan quarterback concluded one of the most distinguished coaching careers in NFL history in 2006, officially retiring after 15 seasons as coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. Vermeil's lasting contributions to the game of the football date back far longer than his tenure in pro football, which began in 1969.
Should White be successful, it would add professional sports continuity to the Legislature. Former Kansas City Chiefs player Fred Arbanas, who has served more than 40 years on the Legislature, said this week that he probably won’t seek another term on the county’s governing board.
John Benton has been promoted to offensive line coach by the Miami Dolphins, replacing Jim Turner, who was fired in the aftermath of the team's bullying scandal. Jack Bicknell Jr. was hired as assistant offensive line coach, the team said Saturday. ... Bicknell was fired in January after one season as offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, and spent 2009-11 as an assistant with the New York Giants.