Chiefs Trainer Rick Burkholder Explains His Role, Journey to Kansas City from The Mothership
After 23 years as an athletic trainer, the Kansas City Chiefs' Rick Burkholder has earned the respect of those across the NFL.
That could be due to the fact that he's the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), or because three of his former assistants and an intern are now head athletic trainers with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.
But before he started his own NFL head athletic trainer tree, Burkholder learned about the profession at an early age, even though he didn't initially start down that path.
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The 6-3, 245-pound Martin has appeared in 19 games with one start in the past two seasons, totaling 14 tackles (10 solo) and a ½ sack during that span.
Martin primarily contributes on special teams, and his 321 special teams snaps in 2014 ranked second on the team behind linebacker Frank Zombo's 367.
The Kansas City Chiefs might get an eventual Hall of Famer with their first pick in this year's draft, 18th overall. They might get a player who goes bust. They'll probably get someone who is far closer to the middle of that range.
Here, we'll start a series that takes a look at the kind of player the Chiefs can expect with each of their 10 picks in this year's draft by looking at the players chosen with those picks over the last five years. We'll start with that 18th choice.
We'll continue our series looking at what the Kansas City Chiefs can expect from each of their 10 draft picks with their second-round choice, 49th overall. Here are the five players selected with the 49th pick in each of the last five drafts.
Evans thought he proved himself as a former walk-on player, but there were no invitations to a college football all-star game, the Senior Bowl or the NFL Scouting Combine.
"It made me work harder," he said. "First-team 2014 All-Big 12, and still no invite. It's the way life works."
Evans focused on K-State's Pro Day workout on March 11, which drew personnel from the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Washington.
He opened eyes by clocking an unofficial 4.44 40-yard dash, according to NFLDraftScout.com, and that showing projects as tied for the third-best time among cornerbacks at the Combine.
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There are a few reasons Chiefs rookies played so little. Outside linebacker Dee Ford, the first-round draft pick, played a position inhabited by two returning Pro Bowlers, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.
The Chiefs didn't have a second-round pick, having traded it to the San Francisco 49ers as part of the trade for quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs had just six draft picks and two of them, fifth-round quarterback Aaron Murray and sixth-round offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, were developmental players and didn't play at all.
Colquitt has the second-highest cap number among NFL punters behind only Mike Scifres of the San Diego Chargers. Despite that, the Chiefs are over the NFL average in spending in this area because they're carrying three long-snappers.
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After running the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at the Veteran Combine, as well as posting a 37-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-7 broad jump in training leading up to the event, Copeland visited with five teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. He also drew interest from the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams, among others.
"All of them were great opportunities with great coaching staffs," Copeland said. "I literally couldn't have gone wrong. [But] I'm happy I made the decision I made to go to Detroit."
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Lawrence Tynes was a fantastic kicker in the NFL. He had made it as a primary kicker on the Kansas City Chiefs and then was a part of the New York Giants.
Then, during the 2013 off-season, he signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was never able to kick for the team. He contracted MRSA, a deadly staph infection from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facilities.
He is now suing his former team in the Bucs for a proposed $20 million based off the future earnings he could have earned for the remainder of his career.