Joe Delaney Remembered For Speed, Unselfishness And Humility from The Shreveport Times
"That was typical of Joe - always thinking of how he could help others."
Delaney was doing just that - thinking about how he could help others - when he drowned in an attempt to rescue three young boys 31 years ago, on June 29, 1983. That story has been well-chronicled - about how three young boys were struggling in the deep end of a man-made water hole at Chennault Park in Monroe, and Delaney - then age 24 and the father of three girls - was the only one of many people around who went in to try to save them. One boy made it out; the others did not.
Here are some older stories I post every year to make sure all Chiefs fans know his story.
Sometimes The Good Die Young from Sports Illustrated [Nov 7, 1983]
There was a huge hole there, carved out of the earth some time ago. The hole had filled with water, and three boys waded in. They didn't know it, but a short way out the bottom dropped off precipitously, and suddenly the boys were in over their heads and thrashing and screaming. There were all sorts of people around, but only Joe dashed to the pond. There was a little boy there. "Can you swim?" he asked Joe.
"I can't swim good," Joe said, "but I've got to save those kids. If I don't come up, get somebody." And he rushed into the water.
No Ordinary Joe from Sports Illustrated [July 7, 2003]
He was buried on the Fourth of July, 20 years ago. A telegram from President Reagan was read at the memorial service. The Presidential Citizens Medal was awarded posthumously. Three thousand people came to his funeral. A park in Haughton was named after him. No Chiefs player has worn number 37 since. The 37 Forever Foundation, a nonprofit group in Kansas City, honors him to this day by providing free swimming lessons to inner-city kids.
KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Kingdom: Joe Delaney [Sept 28, 2013]
Player To Promote American Football from The Peninsula Qatar
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah will head to Qatar in July to take part in Aspire Zone's Ramadan activities.
A player from the National Football League (NFL), Abdullah will participate in a range of activities focusing on promoting American football and demonstrating how he balances a professional sports career with his Islamic faith.
The 17th annual Rookie Symposium for the 256 players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft in May was intended to teach the new pros NFL history, health and safety, workplace conduct and professional behavior through workshops and lectures, some featuring former and current players.
State players attending the symposium included Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of the Green Bay Packers, Cyrus Kouandjio of the Buffalo Bills, AJ McCarron of the Cincinnati Bengals, C.J. Mosley of the Baltimore Ravens, Kevin Norwood of the Seattle Seahawks, Jeoffrey Pagan of the Houston Texans, Ed Stinson of the Arizona Cardinals and Vinnie Sunseri of the New Orleans Saints; Auburn's Dee Ford of the Kansas City Chiefs...
Kansas City - When you're talking about operating without Browner, the Chiefs might present the biggest challenge, as they have a decent variety of skill position players available in the passing game. Kansas City has Dwayne Bowe (57 catches in 2013) and Donnie Avery (40 catches in 2013) as its two top receivers. In addition, running back Jamaal Charles (a team-leading 70 catches in 2013) is a threat out of the backfield. At this point, it figures to be Revis on Bowe, while the Ryan/Dennard combo will operate against Avery. The challenge here could be finding a way to slow down Charles out of the backfield, which could be a stern test for one of the New England linebackers.
Ultimately, it would appear the Patriots caught something of a break when it comes to the timing of Browner's ban. They are not facing any of the league's elite level offenses or truly deep passing games - the best and most well-rounded offense over the first month of the season they face might be the Chiefs, who were at or near the top of several offensive categories last year.