Steven M. Sipple: Shields, the 'dancing bear,' still making big impact from The Lincoln Journal Star
He considered himself a dancing bear, or more specifically, a break-dancing bear.
You'll find that Will Shields defies convention in several regards. For one, he's "a little man trapped in a big man's body," he says. He was a vicious competitor on the football field, but has a soft heart.
Whatever the case, you couldn't knock the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Shields off his feet, says Charlie McBride, the former Nebraska defensive coordinator who watched his defenders square off against Shields in practice after practice during the early 1990s.
"You couldn't grab him or throw him anywhere," McBride says.
18. Kansas City Chiefs - Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: The chief need in Kansas City would appear to be at wide receiver but Andy Reid has shown a general aversion to selecting rookies at this position in the past. Thompson's instincts and athleticism could make him an exciting fit on a defense begging for playmakers in the back half capable of taking full advantage of the Chiefs' pass rush.
Record amount raised at auction from The Sedalia Democrat
Kevin Lockett, former wide receiver and punt returner for the Kansas City Chiefs, was the evening's keynote speaker and presented the message of hope in his remarks.
"By your support you are showing the young people in the Sedalia Boys & Girls Club by your attendance is not a one-time interaction," Lockett said. "By your support at this fundraiser you are paying it forward and giving them opportunity."
AFC West offseason: Will Broncos' stars return? from USA Today
Though the Kansas City Chiefs failed to make the playoffs in Year 2 of the Andy Reid era, Kansas City did have some impressive wins - most notably against the two Super Bowl teams, New England and Seattle - to build upon. Kansas City locked up quarterback Alex Smith last summer, allowing the focus to be elsewhere on the roster in 2015. Still, it's hard to predict just how good the Chiefs will be given the amount of questions they face with some important veteran players.
Nico Johnson: After playing six games as a rookie for Kansas City in 2013, Johnson started the 2014 season on the Chiefs' practice squad. Six weeks into the season, injuries had Cincinnati looking for depth at middle linebacker, and the Bengals signed Johnson. He played in the remaining 11 games, with two starts, for Cincinnati. Johnson was credited with 15 tackles, playing 93 defensive and 191 special-teams snaps.
Dee Ford: After Kansas City spent the 23rd selection in the 2014 NFL Draft on Ford and his pass-rushing ability, the Chiefs didn't give him many opportunities to show it. A defensive end at Auburn, Ford converted to outside linebacker in Kansas City's 3-4 defense and played behind Pro Bowlers Justin Houston, who came within one-half of a sack of the NFL single-season record, and Tamba Hali. Ford played in all 16 games and had 1.5 sacks on his 122 defensive snaps.