Andrew East, snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs, just went for gold – and he nailed it! The NFL player successfully proposed to his girlfriend, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, at a Cubs game in Chicago on Friday.
But some 600 miles away, Justin Houston signed a six-year, $101 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs that includes $52.5 million in guarantees and $16.8 million in average salary. The 26-year-old landed the biggest deal for a linebacker in NFL history and the second-largest among defensive players. And it set the benchmark for Miller, barring injury or a dip in production.
Presenters no longer speak during the ceremony, but do appear on stage to help enshrinees unveil their bronze bust. Deceased enshrinees also get a video introduction. Theirs is five minutes in length — two minutes longer than videos for living enshrinees. Prior to the policy change in 2010, the Hall allowed speakers to introduce men enshrined posthumously — most recently when former Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson presented Derrick Thomas in 2009.
Gronk was rated four points ahead of the Seattle Seahawks’ Jimmy Graham, who came in second among tight ends with a 95. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers) and Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) rounded out the top five.
"That was the first pro football game I ever went to. (Coach) Bum Phillips took me to Kansas City that day," Kubiak said. "I still remember as a kid going into the stadium, chasing the balls. That was my first day. I was part of pro football."
A big press cornerback at 6 feet 2, 200 pounds with 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash, Walker had visited the Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. Walker also had private workouts with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans.