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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 2/6

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 A sample of Hank Stram's hand-written notes he made before the start of the 1969 season. The Chiefs ended that season in January 1970 with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV (via Kansascity.com)

Good Morning Arrowhead Pride! Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy.

Saturday morning, 44 men and women will enter a meeting room at the Broward County Convention Center and decide on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2010.

I have a seat at the table and have had since January of 1997. I’m asked generally two questions about the Hall of Fame process: how does the voting work and does this committee have any idea what it’s doing?

Here’s a quick explanation of how it works.

Another Hall of Fame Saturday … Cup O’Super Bowl from Bob Gretz

Waters, one of three finalists for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, said he and his wife, Yolanda, are looking into adopting a child who has been left homeless or orphaned by the earthquake in Haiti.

"The recent disaster in Haiti has been heavy on our hearts in our home," Waters said. "We have been bouncing our brains together and want to do something we feel can be special."

Waters is a finalist for the second time in three years for the award, considered the league’s most prestigious honor because it recognizes excellence both on the field and for community service.

Waters a finalist for Payton award from KC Star

Tony Gonzalez hoped by leaving the Chiefs and joining the Atlanta Falcons he would be playing on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIV.

Instead, he’s here in south Florida on the same ticket that has taken him to Super Bowls in the past: as a celebrity doing promotional appearances. He visited the Gatorade Performance Lab (above, with Gatorade Sports Science Institute scientist Melissa Tippet) where he took part in physical testing. It was right up his alley of doing everything he can to help his body play another year of pro football.

Everyone can see him go through the testing with former Denver-Baltimore TE Shannon Sharpe on the CBS Super Bowl Pre-Game Show on Sunday.

Bob At The Super Bowl … With Tony Gonzalez from Bob Gretz

Warpaint is a registered American Paint Horse and Derouchey is an active APHA member who has a long history of owning and showing Paints. In appreciation of the stellar performances by the duo, the American Paint Horse Foundation awarded its "Legendary Achievement Award" to Warpaint and Derouchey before the start of the Chiefs last home game of the season at Arrowhead Stadium.

Derouchey and Warpaint received the award at Arrowhead’s "Fan Zone," while their faithful followers cheered and applauded the well-deserved honor. The Foundation also presented a silver APHA commemorative belt buckle to Derouchey.

Kansas City Chiefs Revive Paint Horse Tradition from The HorseChannel.com

"If the Jets had lost, and we had lost, who knows, there might not even be a Super Bowl today because no one would have cared," said Bell, who was recently honored at the announcement of the 40th annual nominees for the 101 Banquet, which honors the top offensive and defensive players in the NFL, along with the top coaches and honorees from the hometown Chiefs. "But we showed we were as good as the NFL teams. We were so good, the NFL wanted us to become a part of their league. That was a good feeling, and I know it made (AFL founder and late Kansas City Chiefs founder) Lamar Hunt feel good."

Bell credits AFL for Super Bowl success from Examiner.com

In the beginning, these Super Bowls contained venom.

Real venom.

The old, established National Football League initially ignored, then looked down its nose at, the American Football League. But by 1966, the A.F.L. had succeeded where other rival leagues had failed.

The A.F.L. owners, relying on brightly colored uniforms, long passes and players eager to prove themselves, forced a showdown between the rival leagues. The first two clashes were each referred to — on the game tickets, anyway — as the World Championship Game. Every game since has been a Super Bowl.

Before that first World Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967, the icy relationship between the leagues was pro football’s Berlin Wall.

These early games were played with purpose, collective depth — and bitterness.

When the Final Game Really Meant Something from The New York Times

 

It’s been 43 years since San Antonio native Willie Mitchell played in the first Super Bowl.

But even after all this time, he still gets a nervous feeling in his stomach when he sits down to watch pro football’s championship game.
 
"You never forget the emotion and the pride you felt," Mitchell, 69, said Thursday. "That never goes away."
 
Mitchell, a 1959 Wheatley High School graduate, was a starting cornerback with the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs when they played the NFL champion Green Bay Packers on Jan. 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The Houston Texans have hired Cedric Smith as their new strength and conditioning coach.

Smith spent the last three years as the strength and conditioning of with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texans Hire New Strength and Conditioning Coach from MyFoxHouston.com

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Media and Fans

SI_PeterKing Headed into HoF selection meeting this morning. One of my favorite days of year. As prepared for this vote as any I've been a part of.

Seems like the search on Twitter is down for a bit, so that's all you get. =)