To the Class of 2015:
I am not speaking to you as a football player, a Super Bowl champion, or a Hall of Famer. Nor am I speaking to you as a businessman, a father or a grandfather. I am speaking to you as a fellow member of our graduating class.
I know I'm different than most of you. I'm 74 years old! Between 1959, when I enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and this spring, when I completed my diploma, I've lived a pretty extraordinary life. I've won the Rose Bowl, earned a Super Bowl ring and have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame as well as several College Halls of Fame. I've had my number 78 retired with the Kansas City Chiefs and the University of Minnesota, worked for General Motors, opened five restaurants, shook hands with John F. Kennedy, appeared on The Tonight Show—with Johnny Carson, I hope you know who he is!—and I've had the good fortune to travel around the world.
Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson "Returns," Hosts Third Annual Celebrity Waiter Night from The Mothership
For the third year in a row, Chiefs linebacker
Derrick Johnsonhosted Celebrity Waiter Night to benefit his Defend the Dream Foundation on Monday at the Grand Street Café in Lenexa, Kan.
Together with 16 of his fellow teammates in attendance, Johnson strapped on an apron and acted as a table host for more than 200 guests.
As the "Voice of the Chiefs" and host of the event Mitch Holthus wisely pointed out, this was one of Johnson's first appearances with the team since injuring his Achilles last season and missing nearly the entire year.
"It was kind of a public return of Derrick after his injury," Holthus said. "All of us had a lump in our throat and our heart skipped a beat [when he walked out] ... Of the 16 players that were there, they all felt the same emotion of how good it is to see Derrick basically back."
NFL Releases Marcus Peters Rookie Trading Card on Facebook from The Mothership
The NFL released 23 rookie cards on Facebook Tuesday night, and Chiefs first-round pick
Marcus Peterswas among those in the album..
...Access the full rookie card album via Facebook here.
It's Punt, Pass and Kick Season for the Kansas City Area from The Mothership
"One of my favorite things when I joined the team last year was seeing how much the team tries to be involved with the community," Santos said. "I've always wanted to do events like these and I always ask to be a part of them because I like to engage and just encourage kids to play the sport that I love and can call it my profession.
"It means a lot to be out here, just to see how much I can affect these kids' lives, it means a lot."
NFL Owners Approve To Move Extra Point Attempts Back for 2015 Season from The Mothership
One other interesting note is that a team can change their decision if a penalty is called. If the offense jumps offsides during a two-point converstion attempt, they can then opt to kick the extra point instead.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: American Indian Center of the Great Plains Punt Pass and Kick
KCChiefs.com Photo Video: Derrick Johnson's Celebrity Waiter Night
From K.C. Chiefs GM Office, John Dorsey Keeps UConn In His Sights from The Hartford Courant
Challenges always have driven John Dorsey.
The UConn alum who was part of the Green Bay staff that built the Packers into a consistent NFL powerhouse, helping bring in the likes of Aaron Rogers, A.J. Hawk, Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings, is now general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.
"The human spirit to me, the human person, I think at certain times in their life they need challenges to keep them motivated, engaged, and to grow as people," Dorsey said in a phone interview with The Courant this week. "Make no mistake, this is a very challenging job, but you know what? It's really not a job. I love every day of it. It's a blessing."
Former Bearkat running back signs with Kansas City Chiefs from The Huntsville Item
Hill led the Bearkats' 2014 Southland Conference championship team in rushing (1,150 yards), scoring (126 points), kickoff returns (23.4 yard average per return) and all-purpose yards (1,722) last season. The Bearkats rolled up an 11-5 record, advancing to the NCAA Division I FCS playoff semifinals for the third time in four years.
A member of all four of Sam Houston's FCS playoff squads since 2011, Hill completed his career ranked as Sam Houston State's fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,546 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns.
Ex-Buff Daniel Munyer takes step toward NFL dream from The Broomfield Enterprise
Even before his senior season was over last fall at Colorado, Daniel Munyer knew he was facing an uphill battle toward being drafted or signed by an NFL team and ultimately making his dream come true of playing professional football.
Munyer never allowed that to deter him and Tuesday he took a big initial step in the right direction when he signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs after participating in their rookie minicamp over the weekend and Monday. He is listed at center with the Chiefs.
"It's a dream come true," Munyer said. "This is just the first step, obviously, but having this chance to further your career is just awesome, just a blessing."
Since 2006, a run of a decade, the Tigers' football program won 84 games and posted a .700 winning percentage, 16th best in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision over that stretch. Context: Texas has won 81 games since '06; Nebraska, 80.
"It's kind of nice always flying under the radar," says Mitch Morse, the former Mizzou lineman who now plies his trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. "But tell you what, and this is positive: Those days are starting to come to an end, when we fly under people's radars. And they expect something from us."
Some Braves fans still miss Chief Noc-A-Homa from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Plans to bring back the Chief Noc-A-Homa image on the Braves' batting-practice hats in 2013 met with widespread criticism. The Braves eventually backed away from those plans, sticking with the "script-A" image that has been the team's primary cap logo since the late '80s.
Using Native Americans as sports mascots has stirred controversy for decades. Professional sports holdouts besides Atlanta are the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Redskins. Critics say it exploits a stereotype and furthers divisiveness in a nation that has too many clashes among races and ethnicities.
Editorial: Three county natives shine in the spotlight from The Shelby Star
And last, but certainly not least, Cleveland County football legend Bobby Bell made national headlines when he received his degree from the University of Minnesota last Thursday. The feat was especially remarkable and poignant because it happened nearly six decades years after he left the school to play professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs...
"...His story says never lose sight of one's lifelong goals," Minnesota president Eric Kaler said in his commencement speech. "His trajectory says take the opportunities that come.
"His lesson says, yes, we all need teachers and mentors, but no one can persist for you or be gritty for you."
The Star applauds Bell, Smith and Thrift for making their mark — and in big ways. From near and far, you all shine bright lights on your Cleveland County homes.
New PAT Rule Adds More Pressure to Kickers from Pro Football Hall of Fame
Gold Jacket and legendary Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Jan Stenerud thinks the new rule will add a lot more pressure on kickers.
"It goes with the territory," said Stenerud. "To miss an extra point from 33 yards to cost the game is rough and it's going to happen."
H.E.R.O in the Hallways aims to help victims of bullying from The Cedar County Republican
H.E.R.O. stands for honor, empower and respect others. Students can drop names of students who are victims of bullying in boxes, which are being placed in the classroom or send an email to a designated address. The recommendations would be anonymous.
Then the program ambassadors, which would students who are known as leaders at El Dorado Springs, will be a friend to those being bullied. It could mean inviting a student to lunch or inviting them to a ball game.
The whole idea came from an assembly last year Nick Lowery, previously of the Kansas City Chiefs came to speak about anti-bullying through his youth foundation.