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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/8

Good morning! In today's Kansas City Chiefs news we hear more from QB Alex Smith, multiple writers blast The College Football Hall Of Fame for snubbing Derrick Thomas, and we learn where you can hear Andy Reid speak for just $10, or if you'd rather where you can pick up some stuff from his moving sale. Enjoy!

Jamie Squire

Alex Smith Conversation: Part II from The Mothership

The new Chiefs signal caller, like his teammates, is looking to make the most out of any offseason practices

"I think for us, it's just come in every day and expect to perform at a high level, work your butt off, preparing yourself and try to have a good day, work as hard as you can every single day and just try to put good days together," Smith said. "I think that's what it's all about, don't get complacent. Don't think, ‘I got 10 OTAs and another minicamp,' you have the next day and a chance to get some work in and work as hard as you can that day and make as much of a stride as you can that day and come back the next day and do it again. Just get as good as you can, push yourself as hard as you can, as fast as you can."

Percy Snow, Not Derrick Thomas, Elected To College Football Hall Of Fame from KC Star

How's this for a twist?

The late Derrick Thomas, a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chiefs, was not elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Linebacker Percy Snow, who suffered a freak off-field injury after his rookie season with the Chiefs, was among the 12 players and coaches voted into the college shrine.

Who'd have thought?

Chris Ballard Hired As Director Of Player Personnel from The Mothership

The former Chicago Bears personnel staff member spent 12 seasons with Chicago, including one season as the Director of Pro Scouting (2012). He spent the previous 11 seasons as the Bears Southwest Area Scout (2001-11). During that time, Ballard helped Chicago draft Pro Bowlers Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, Charles Tillman, Tommie Harris and Nathan Vasher.

Prior to his time with Chicago, Ballard spent seven seasons as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville (1994-2000).

Chiefs' Coach Set To Speak from The St. Joseph News-Press Now

"Breakfast with the Chiefs" will feature Head Coach Andy Reid, General Manager John Dorsey and President Mark Donovan. The cost of the breakfast is $10. Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 14. Call (816) 271-5647 or visit

Andy Reid To Sell Memorabilia For Charity from The Philadelphia Business Journal

Andy Reid is emptying the contents of his home and will sell off Philadelphia Eagles memorabilia and other items for charity.

Items at the "Andy and Tammy Reid Moving Sale" will include Eagles gear-and-ware - including hats, dinnerware, glasses, gift items, tickets signed by players and miscellaneous memorabilia. Many items are autographed.

Tim Tebow's History As A Proven Winner Should Not Be Ignored from

Last season, Quinn "finally" got his (second) chance to start for a team on a weekly basis. The result? Two touchdown passes, eight interceptions and a 1-7 record in eight games. Yet, he still landed a job backing up Russell Wilson with the Seahawks -- the same team whose general manager, John Schneider, responded to the suggestion that he might sign Tebow with a disdainful "Uh, no." How does it make sense to hire someone who has known only failure while ignoring a proven winner? Even the most ardent anti-Tebow football fan has to admit that Tebow played better than Quinn did in 2011.

Tide's Thomas Belongs In Hall Of Fame from ESPN

In my lifetime, I haven't seen a better pass-rusher, and he has the numbers to prove it.

Thomas is easily the SEC's greatest player (who's eligible) not enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Surely, they'll get it right next year and select him. Then again, I said the exact same thing this time a year ago.

Mario Benavides Will Tryout For Cincinnati Bengals from Kentucky Sports

Former Louisville football center Mario Benavides signed with the Kansas City Chiefs a day after not being drafted in this years NFL Draft. Tuesday the Cincinnati Bengals announced Benavides will be one of nine players trying out for them later this week in their minicamp.

What Was Wrong With The College Football Hall Of Fame's Class Of 2013 from Yahoo! Sports

I don't want to hear about criteria or voting guidelines. There is no excuse why Thomas is not in the College Football Hall of Fame. He had 27 sacks in 1988. Read that last sentence again. He won the Butkus Award that year. He finished with 52 career sacks, lost just five college games, and was every bit the terror to quarterbacks in the SEC that he was with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. Thomas' inclusion in the College Football Hall of Fame is just way too overdue.

Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings from FOX Sports

22. Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Fisher wasn't the sexiest of draft picks, but he will be a long-term fixture at left tackle and will allow Brandon Albert to play his more natural position of left tackle . . . if he isn't traded in the meantime. This team has a talented roster and Andy Reid should help that correlate to wins on Sunday.

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