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Good morning. Let me begin by offering condolences to Arron Murray on the loss of his grandfather. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

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Timeline: The Amazing Road of Eric Berry from The Mothership

Day 18

December 8, 2014

It is announced that Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Dr. Christopher Flowers of Emory Hospital releases the following statement: "This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches. The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."

Berry releases the following statement: "My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes. I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I'm praying for you and keep fighting!"

Chiefs Partnered With Harvesters for "Souper" Bowl of Caring from The Mothership

More than simply a volunteer event, the "Souper" Bowl of Caring was a friendly contest held at the local Harvesters in Kansas City that features 90 participants from the Chiefs organization, including team executives, Chiefs Ambassadors, K.C. Wolf, Red Coaters, Chiefs cheerleaders and Chiefs staff members.

For the seventh year in a row, Chiefs employees were broken up into three separate teams and asked to help Harvesters by assisting in their BackSnack program.

Why the Broncos are at the Super Bowl while the Chiefs are at home from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs aren't that far away from being here, in other words, playing in the NFL's showcase event — but this is not that kind of column. This is not the case for the Chiefs winning the AFC West or playing in next year's Super Bowl as much as it is an examination of why neither of those happened this season.

In the end, the takeaway might be more about frustration than opportunity.

Because as many traits as the Chiefs and Broncos share, it's the differences that stick out.

NFL rumors roundup from ESPN

It seems the Kansas City Chiefs are working to lock up one of their biggest free agents before he hits the market. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports the team is "ramping up talks" for an extension with safety Eric Berry, who was named first-team All-Pro in his first season back since battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, with the league's Comeback Player of the Year award likely to follow. At just 27, Berry is a very valuable asset, especially with his ability to drop down in the box or split wide to cover tight ends and running backs. Considering the strong support the team showed Berry following his diagnosis last season, a long-term deal seems to make sense for both sides.

Chiefs' Alex Smith has a Super Bowl ceiling, CBS analysts say from The Kansas City Star

"I'll tell you what - if I would have had Alex Smith, I would have won two Super Bowls, possibly three," Scott said at this week's Super Bowl festivities. "I mean, I went to the AFC Championship (Game) with Mark Sanchez (twice). I'm just being honest."

Scott, a longtime Baltimore Raven and New York Jet, obviously harbors some left-over disappointment from the Jets' 2010 and 2011 AFC Championship Game losses.

Chiefs sign WR Kashif Moore to reserve/future contract from Chiefs Digest

The 5-9, 180-pound Moore originally entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Connecticut with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Moore, who was most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers, bounced around the league after being released by the Bengals before the start of the 2012 season.

The native of Burlington, N.J., spent time with the Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers. He has no regular-season appearances or catches on his career.

Chiefs sign receiver Kashif Moore to reserve-futures deal from The Kansas City Star

Reserve-futures contracts begin when the new league year opens in March and don't count against teams' current roster limits.

Only players who are not on an NFL team's active roster at the conclusion of the regular season are eligible for these contracts.

Johnny Manziel to the Chiefs? This doesn't look like a good fit from ESPN

Other than Reid's reputation for being able to develop quarterbacks, there's not much about Manziel that would make sense for the Chiefs. Reid and general manager John Dorsey like a No. 2 quarterback they feel they can rely on, which is one reason they felt compelled to give a significant contract for a backup to Chase Daniel when they arrived in Kansas City in 2013.

There's no reason to feel Manziel will offer that kind of dependability off the field or on. The Browns will soon dump him because they felt football isn't important enough to him. The Chiefs undoubtedly agree.

Ohio State's Vonn Bell makes sense now for Chiefs in draft, but might not later from ESPN

First, the Chiefs won't be desperate for safeties by the time the draft rolls around. They'll either have re-signed Berry, Abdullah and Branch or replaced them through free agency. The Chiefs have been active and successful in finding safeties at lower cost through free agency in recent years with Adbullah and Branch being a couple of the examples.

Second, the Chiefs haven't drafted for immediate need in the first round since John Dorsey arrived as general manager in 2013.

Report: Chiefs ramping up extension talks with Eric Berry from ProFootballTalk

The Chiefs have several impending free agents on their defense this offseason and it looks like safety Eric Berry is one of the ones they want to work on re-signing early in the process.

Willie Wood Made the Most Memorable Play of Super Bowl I. He Has No Recollection. from The New York Times

The Green Bay Packers' agile, lissome safety, Willie Wood, snatched the wobbly pass thrown by the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback, Len Dawson, and zigzagged to the doorstep of the Chiefs' end zone, setting up an easy Packers touchdown. Green Bay never looked back in a 25-point rout of Kansas City in the first Super Bowl.

Wood's interception is one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history.

Fifty football seasons later, Dawson, who played 19 years of pro football, recalls it well.

"Maybe the No. 1 play I wish I could have back," he said.

Wood remembers nothing of the play.

He does not even recollect playing in the first Super Bowl, on Jan. 15, 1967, or ever being on an N.F.L. roster.

Packers players from Super Bowl I fight to hang onto winning memories from USA Today

The sound of the tiny capsules cracking open and the smell of ammonia blasting up his nostrils is a vivid memory for Dave Robinson, a linebacker on the Green Bay Packers that won Super Bowl I. But as Super Bowl 50 approaches, Robinson struggled to remember what they called the capsules, which he said were prevalent on NFL sidelines years ago and were used to get players back into games after they had staggered, wobbled or stumbled off the field.

"Smelling salts," Robinson, 74, suddenly blurted out during a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports. "The smelling salts cleared your head up and you could go out and play."

B. Colquitt wants a SB ring to add to the family collection from The Associated Press via The Merced Sun-Star

Broncos punter Britton Colquitt always knew that he would get a Super Bowl ring someday. The only question is whether it'll be bequeathed to him or bestowed upon him.

Britton, brother Dustin of the Chiefs and their father -€” two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers Craig Colquitt - are the NFL's first family of fourth downs.

Craig once sat the boys down and told them they'd each inherit one of his Super Bowl rings.

Crickets. Of course, they were watching cartoons.

Disappointed in their lack of enthusiasm, Craig retreated upstairs to make lunch. Soon, his youngest boy was tugging at his shirt.

"So, Dad," Britton wondered, "when are you going to die?"

He really wanted that ring.

NFL linebacker works to motivate Danville teens from The Danville Commercial-News

Previously, as a college athlete with his eyes set on the NFL, March-Lillard had spoken to kids in Danville about working hard to achieve your dreams -€” no matter how big or far-fetched they may seem, keeping education and faith first, and the importance of knowing where you came from.

But this time was different.

This time, March-Lillard spoke to a gymnasium filled with wide-eyed teenagers about how to achieve your dreams -€” now that he is living his longtime dream as a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs after being drafted last May.

The 2015 All-AFC West Team (Defense) from FOX Sports

The AFC West sent two defensive-minded teams to the postseason in 2016.

So it's no surprise that the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs each have four defenders on our AFC West All-Defensive Team. And, save for a few historic performances, they could've sent more.

Here's the all-star cast -- with plenty to cheer about if you reside in Kansas City or root for the AFC's representative in Super Bowl 50:

The NFL's Kingmaker from CBS Sports

In that time he has cultivated the careers for some of the winningest coaches of salary cap era, Andy Reid and Jon Gruden among them. He has serviced over 120 clients, negotiated over $1.6 billion in contracts and come to be recognized as one of the more influential powerbrokers in the league. He has also thrived representing college coaches, most notably securing a record contract for Charlie Weis with Notre Dame.

In the past few weeks alone, LaMonte placed clients in two of the more coveted jobs in the league, with Ben McAdoo assuming control of the Giants and Doug Pederson going the Eagles. It is not uncommon for the coach, coordinators, general manager and team president of some clubs to be part of LaMonte's Professional Sports Representation family, and at one point a decade ago he represented a quarter of the active head coaches in the NFL.

NFL Luxury Suites: Touring the Most Tricked-Out Stadium Seats from Curbed

Best Space for Reflection: Clark Hunt's Suite at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)

When it comes to the ownership of the Kansas City Chiefs, currently run by Clark Hunt, one could say wealth runs in the family. Grandfather H.L. Hunt, a legendary oil tycoon who supposedly was the basis for Dallas character J.R. Ewing, established a fortune that helped his son, Lamar, purchase the Chiefs, and made his family one of the richest in the nation (in the first Forbes list of wealthiest American, published in 1982, five of the top 10 were Hunts). Keep this in mind when checking out the luxurious and very private owner's suite installed at the team's stadium in 2010, the equivalent of a small, well-appointed home that's been inserted into a pro stadium.

Third Eye Blind to perform at Taste of the NFL from KTVU

Other special guests and supporters for the evening include actress and philanthropist Alyssa Milano, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, singer-songwriter Nick Lachey, Chef and TV Host Richard Blais, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Joey Faugno and Mauro Castano from TLC's television show "Cake Boss," FOX Sports Broadcaster Daryl Johnston, Super Bowl XLVII Champion Matt Birk, Super Bowl 1 Kansas City Chiefs player Bobby Bell, and Super Bowl 1 Green Bay Packers player Donny Anderson.

A competitor to the end, Ted Shiro dies at 87 from The Naples Daily News

Shiro's grandsons, Josh Murray and Aaron Murray, seem to have gotten some of his athletic skills as well. Josh Murray played minor league baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers and Aaron Murray is a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Utah signees welcomed to program by legacy Utes from KSL

Schools usually go all out in an effort to recruit players to the program, but the University of Utah decided to have some former Utah players to welcome the signees with personal messages. That's a great tool to have several former and current NFL players welcoming new players into its football fraternity.

The following are the messages sent to signees: