Cameron Sheffield's dream of playing professional football was set to come true heading into the 2010 NFL season after being drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Troy. Instead, a neck injury sustained that preseason kept him out for the year and made him a likely marginal prospect for the team.
Instead, Sheffield came back last season to make the roster and play in all 16 games. He started one game for the Chiefs and had 9 tackles on the season. Mitch Holthus recently caught up with Sheffield in a profile piece at the Mother Ship.
When reflecting back on the night that he was injured and carried off of the field in the Chiefs preseason game against the Eagles, where Sheffield suffered a helmet collision with Mike Bell, Sheffield remembered the night as "scary".
"Yeah I remember the night as well," said Sheffield. "It was scary, but you know it's been a long process of getting back mentally and physically but I just keep working hard trying to get better and do what I can for the team."
Sheffield knows that he's on the outside looking in as a starter with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali on the outside, but it's also clear the team needs depth at linebacker and believes in his talent. Given the amount of subset packages the Chiefs defense will run, there's plenty of reps for Sheffield if he's up to the task.
"It's to keep working hard," said Sheffield. "You just never know how things will go, so you just keep working hard and put your best foot forward and let the chips fall where they may."