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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/8

First and foremost, congratulations to BJ and Megan Kissel on the birth of their son last night! The Kingdom grows. Now on to your Kansas City Chiefs news.

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Jamaal Charles Encourages Young Fan to Overcome Bullying from The Mothership

Peers have bullied Martinous, making him feel like he doesn't act "man enough" because he hasn't had a father in his life.

Similarly, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles' father was absent from his life and throughout school he struggled with a learning disability that made him feel ashamed. Charles was raised predominantly by his grandparents, while his mother was continually busy working.

Charles grew up in a high crime neighborhood where many of his friends and relatives went down the wrong path and attempted to have him follow in their footsteps. However, Charles turned to football and running and focused on his dream of playing in the NFL.

For Martinous, he turned to spoken word poetry as a way to express his emotions and use as an escape.

Through the Characters Unite program, in which NFL stars connect with young people on a deeper level, Martinous was able to meet Charles.

NFL's Franchise Tag Window Approaching from The Mothership

The NFL offseason has officially been upon us for a little over a week. With that said, there are a few important dates approaching that could affect the Kansas City Chiefs.

Monday, February 16, is the first day NFL teams can designate franchise or transition players.

The window for teams to use those designations runs from February 16 through March 2 (3:00 p.m. CST).

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Jamaal Charles Participates In Characters Unite

3 people shot at Monroeville Mall from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette sent out at least two messages on the social messaging website Twitter, saying that he was at the mall during the shooting.

"Didn't see who was shooting, saw two people drop, though! I was looking but 10 more shots went off and was getting closer to me. Then I ran."

Pryor did not return phone messages seeking comment.

3 people shot at mall; unclear if shooter captured or sought from The Hutchinson News

Pennsylvania native and Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor tweeted that he was at the mall, a short drive east of Pittsburgh.

"Damn was just in monroeville mall and just saw 2 ppl get shot," he tweeted. "They are letting guns go in there."

Shoppers described chaos as shots rang out.

"All of the sudden we heard people screaming," Athena Coffey of Churchill told KDKA-TV, "and the next thing you see is a bunch of people, teenagers, scared to death, just exodus en masse in a way you could not believe. I grabbed my children, husband, we started screaming ‘go, go, go!' "

Mailbag: Any chance Chiefs give up on Eric Fisher? from ESPN

The Chiefs still seem to believe in Eric Fisher, who in his two seasons with the Chiefs hasn't played like the first pick in the draft, which he was in 2013. He has shown some flashes. He's certainly athletic enough to handle the job. He needs to get a lot stronger, and this is a big offseason for him in that regard. He didn't get to spend much time in the weight room during the offseason last year because he had two surgeries, one to repair a balky shoulder and the other for a sports hernia.

LOPRESTI: NFL teams are retiring to off-season woes worse than ours from The Indianapolis Business Journal

KANSAS CITY: Let's see if we can find the last time the Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. There it is, back in the first Nixon administration.