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Chiefs' Tyler Palko Looking Forward To Competition With Ricky Stanzi

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Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Palko was on the field last week at Bishop Miege High School at the team's player-only practice getting teased a bit because from a distance his shaggy hair made him look like Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.

He was on the field with Chiefs rookie QB Ricky Stanzi, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft. Stanzi has had some praise from the NFL media this offseason with some suggesting he's the heir apparent to QB Matt Cassel. We're quite a ways away from figuring that out but, first, Stanzi will have to fend off Palko.

Speaking at a charity golf tournament put on to raise money for down syndrome, Palko told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he's "looking forward" to the challenge of competing with Stanzi.

Palko may have the advantage this offseason throwing to a Pro Bowl receiver. Maybe you've heard of him -- Larry Fitzgerald. "We're training our [butts] off up there [in Minnesota]," Palko said of his time with his former college roommate. "I need to be with guys like this, so I can throw to pro-Bowlers and get my timing down."

At this point, it's easier to pinpoint the Chiefs who don't have a connection to Larry Fitz. Todd Haley used to coach him. Jonathan Baldwin went to Pitt before him and has also worked out with him. WR Dwayne Bowe went to his camp last summer.