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Good morning! Today's Kansas City chiefs news is all over the place. There are interviews with current players, re-prints of articles from the first Super Bowl, and sadly, too much on the effects of concussions and CTE. Here is your news.

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Meet the Chiefs of Super Bowl I from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs made history on Jan. 15, 1967 by playing in what would later become known as the first Super Bowl. They lost 35-10 to the Green Bay Packers but will forever be associated with football's rise as America's game. With the 50th Super Bowl to be played on Sunday, The Star commemorates the men who played and coached for the Chiefs in that game ... and reports on what became of each.

Top 10 Plays of the Year from The Mothership

Last week, the staff called upon Chiefs Kingdom to vote on some of the season's best plays. Where did Marcus Peters' Week 2 pick-six of Peyton Manning land? What about the first touchdown catch of Demtrius Harris' career? Where is Alex Smith's throw to Jason Avant against the Patriots in the playoffs?

Here are the results:

Kansas City philanthropy awards are announced from The Kansas City Star

▪ Business philanthropist: the Kansas City Chiefs, primarily for making grants to schools and nonprofits.

Chiefs' offense in capable hands with Andy Reid and co-coordinators, analysts say from The Kansas City Star

Childress' understanding of Reid's West Coast offense is one reason analysts Steve Mariucci (NFL Network), Trent Dilfer (ESPN) and Bill Polian (ESPN) think the Chiefs are well-positioned to survive the loss of offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who left to coach Philadelphia in January.

"They're not gonna deviate a whole lot," Mariucci said. "Alex Smith's offense and Andy Reid's version of the offense is very solid."

Dilfer added the message will be the same in the Chiefs' offensive room, and so will the teaching.

"And Andy still has his hands on it," Dilfer said. "If Andy was a defensive coach, I'd be worried. But because Andy is who he is, he will oversee it. I don't think the Chiefs are going backward."

Knile Davis' kickoff return helped Chiefs end years of playoff misery from ESPN

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub's guidelines for the Kansas City Chiefs' kickoff returners are simple. Toub tells them to in essence return everything they can get their hands on, as opposed to taking a touchback on kickoffs that go into the end zone.

Those rules didn't produce a return for a touchdown in the regular season for the Chiefs, for the first time since Toub arrived in Kansas City in 2013. But they did on the opening kickoff of the first-round playoff game against the Houston Texans.

The grim list of football players with CTE continues to grow from The Kansas City Star

In a study released in October, 87 of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science tested positive for the disease. Researchers have so far found CTE in men who played every position except kicker.

"While we know on average that certain positions experience more repetitive head impacts and are more likely at greater risk for CTE, no position is immune," said Ann McKee, a neurology professor at Boston University who studied Stabler's brain.

The death in 2013 of football player Michael Keck, a former star at Harrisonville High, threw a new spin on the increasingly loud CTE discussion - he was only 25 when he died and never played pro football. (Read Sam Mellinger's story here.)

Here are just a few of the NFL players affected by CTE:

NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions from The Kansas City Star

"I wanted to see the talking points in real time, and you can tell it affected me emotionally," said Nowinski, executive director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and an outspoken critic of the NFL on the topic of head injuries. "It's just incredibly frustrating to see this stuff."

What he found particularly bothersome was an exchange between reporters and Dr. Mitch Berger, a member of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee.

Berger would not draw a direct line from football to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease linked to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. Just this week, it was announced that CTE was found in the brain of former Raider quarterback Ken Stabler, one of dozens of deceased players whose brains have shown signs of it.

As CTE cases mount, Len Dawson is aware of how fortunate he has been from The Kansas City Star

The Times story [note: linked in yesterday's Arrowheadlines] says that Wood has no memory of his interception. Dawson, 80, is quoted in the story and he is acutely aware of the problems that some former NFL players are facing.

"I've got teammates who have some problems like Willie Wood," he said. "I think maybe from concussions and things like that. It's, well, it's a rough game."

He added: "They all have problems, particularly the offensive and defensive linemen. I've been lucky. The game has been good to me."

Why concussion revelations have me scared for my future from The Bangor Daily News

I'm 32 years old, already dealing with the increasing aches and pains of a not-so-youthful body, but hoping to still have about another 50 years or so of decent health in front of me.

But when I look to Duerson and Seau- not to mention guys like Justin Strzelczyk and Jovan Belcher, two University of Maine alums who took their own lives after playing in the NFL at different times- I wonder what sort of struggles I might go through as time passes.

I'm fortunate to have not suffered the level of trauma that the above mentioned players dealt with, obviously high school football is a lot different from the level of ferocity that can be seen in the NFL, but it seems as if the more we figure out about CTE and the long-term effects of head trauma, the more likely it seems that even regular people like me could be in danger as we age.

The Daily News' Stan Hochman at Super Bowl I - Introduction from

Only months earlier, the two leagues announced they would merge, though it would take until 1970 to integrate their schedules and operations. At the time of the merger announcement, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt had kiddingly suggested calling the game the Super Bowl, but was sure a better name could be found. None was. A link to the Chiefs' media guide page on it is here.

Hochman's stories from the days before the game and the morning after give today's readers a vivid picture of how some things have changed enormously in the NFL and others remain very much the same.

Day 1: The Daily News' Stan Hochman at Super Bowl I from

DiMidio can't mourn those idealistic days too much. Cut by the Giants in 1965, he was picked up by Kansas City. After a year on the taxi squad, he made the club this year and has a shot at a $15,000 jackpot on Sunday. The Giants, meanwhile, won one game in that gruesome music appreciation course they conducted all autumn.

"The advice I got as far as money wasn't too good," DiMidio recalled. "After all, how many guys out of West Chester had gone to the pros? The Giants drafted me fourth and Kansas City drafted me too. I could have played one off against the other but I didn't. I went with New York because I thought the off-season opportunities were greater. And I wanted to stay in the area.

"I always wanted to play offense but the Giants wanted me on defense. We passed a lot for a small college team and I felt better on offense. The thing was, I was used to playing against smaller guys. In the pros I found out I couldn't run over anybody.

Day 2: The Daily News' Stan Hochman at Super Bowl I from

On Sunday, though, the Packers will be involved in the richest game of them all. They play Kansas City at the Coliseum, which may go down in the history of the sport as the Half-Empty Bowl. The winners get $15,000 a man, the losers get $7,500. It is the kind of ante that suits the Golden Boy's talents and Lombardi might just throw away that grumpy mask and start Hornung.

"I've been asked it so many times," Lombardi said yesterday at lunch. "All I can say is that I won't know until Sunday morning who will start. Pitts has played very well. But I am a great hunch player."

Day 3: The Daily News' Stan Hochman at Super Bowl I from

Both squads spent the week groping for superlatives to describe the opposition. It would appear that both teams have speed and size, agility, poise, determination, and so on.But the coaches seem to take different approaches to the game.

"If we win or lose," Vince Lombardi says, "it won't be the beginning or the end of the world. The Green Bay Packers will continue to play for a good number of years."

"We're going in with the strong purpose to achieve success not only for Kansas City," Hank Stram said, "but for every coach, every player, every official that had the confidence to be associated with the AFL."

It may not be "just another ball game" for the Packers, not is it a religious war for the Chiefs. What it can be is a very rewarding afternoon since the winners get $15,000 apiece and the losers get $$7,500 each.

The Game: The Daily News' Stan Hochman at Super Bowl I from

Willie Wood is another one of those guys who everybody said was too little to play pro football. So he sat down and wrote a bunch of letters to a bunch of teams and told them how he thought he was big enough and tough enough. The Green Bay Packers answered their letter.

So the guy they got for a five-cent stamp turned out to be one of the heroes in the richest pro football game ever played. And now nobody says Willie Wood isn't big enough or fast enough or tough enough to play pro football.

Green Bay walloped Kansas City, 35-10, in the Super Bowl yesterday afternoon and it doesn't sound as though one interception could have turned that game inside out.

Former Chief, Packer recall hype -- or lack of it -- for Super Bowl I from FOX Sports

In fact, for Arbanas and the '65 AFL champs, "media day" was even more informal, to the point where it was virtually impromptu.

"They got a hold of several of us guys -- Ed Budde, Jim Tyrer, Dave Hill -- and we met in my room," said Arbanas, who spent his entire nine-year career with the Chiefs (including the franchise's final season as the Dallas Texans). "It was two or three reporters, the whole offensive line and myself. They interviewed us for a little bit, but that was about it. You didn't have all the things going on back then. Even in Super Bowl IV, there was a little bit more but not that much."

At that time, the game carried plenty of weight on its own without the help of the press and the dozens of appearances and events that lead up to kickoff today.

A family full of cheer from The Ouray County Plaindealer

When it comes to experiencing a Super Bowl, the closest most of us get is a seat in front of the television with a bowl of chips. For the mother of a Ouray woman, the thrill of cheerleading for the Kansas City Chiefs in the first ever Super Bowl game in 1967 gave her an up-close experience most can only dream about.

Cindy Rose, whose daughter Kendra Manley is a stylist at Salon Envy, got to experience the sights and sounds from the sideline, as the Kansas City Chiefs took on the the Green Bay Packers in 1967.

And though Rose didn't get to experience a Chiefs' victory, she still cherishes the memories of her experience in the big game. As it turned out, she passed her passion along to Manley, who became a Chiefs cheerleader as well.

Why the NFL Can't Control the Only Broadcast of Super Bowl I from

Now, days before Super Bowl 50, the tape is at the center of a copyright controversy over who should control the tape: Haupt or the NFL? The league previously offered $30,000 for the tape after Haupt asked for $1 million, and now the NFL is threatening to sue him if he sells it elsewhere. And in a final intriguing twist, no one may own the rights because the broadcast may now be part of the public domain.

To understand why the NFL, which has a fierce reputation for protecting its intellectual property, does not control the tape, it's important to understand a few legal issues glossed over in the Times report.

Interview | Kansas City Chiefs Safety Eric Berry Is A Madden Bowl XXII Finalist! from Crave

Crave: What's a favorite Madden memory you can share from playing the game growing up?

Eric Berry: Oh, man, the biggest memory I have is being able to get my first memory card to save my first music and all the players that I'd created on the game, all the uniforms that I created. I think that was the biggest moment that I had with Madden -- and just being able to go back and retrieve everything that I had done - and be able to build off of that.

What's it like now that you don't have to create your own player because you're in the video game?

Oh, man, that's awesome, especially now that if you have a good Wi-Fi you can update the rosters. So you can see your player progress a lot during the season and into the playoffs. I'm big on franchises, and big on connected franchises, so just to see your player progress and go through the whole career and everything and how it plays out, that's probably the best part of it.

Don't Worry, Kansas City Will Represent At Super Bowl 50 ... Kind Of from KCUR

After years of work, the stadium is ready for its biggest test yet — and the Kansas City team from HNTB will be there to see their baby in action.

"It is an incredible moment. We're actually going to be there. That's phenomenal in itself," said Capstack.  "This project took eight years from conception to completion. We always liken these projects, especially as architects, as though it's really from from birth to sending a child off to college."

And Kansas Citians we can rest assured that even though our team didn't make it all the way, we have at least one winner at Super Bowl 50.

Clark Hunt says enthusiasm for the NFL continues to grow in Europe from KCTV5

"I was impressed, not only while at the stadium, but during my time in the city in bumping into people, how much passion there was for the National Football League. They weren't all necessarily Chiefs fans, but they had adopted a team that was their favorite team. So I think there's a growing fan base there. I think there's an appreciation for it," the Chiefs chairman said.

Clark Hunt said he sees it being seriously evaluated and a decision being made on it within a decade.

Travis Kelce Responds To Von Miller Calling Him ‘Fake Gronk Head Ass' from NESN

"So I'm still a little confused by the actual sentence that he put together there, but I feel like I got the gist of it," Kelce told's Michaela Vernava on Thursday on Super Bowl Radio Row. "If I'm a ‘Fake Gronk,' that means I have to be a real something. So I guess I'm a ‘Real Kelce' at the end of the day."

Bulls' Jimmy Butler pulling for his 'brother' Demaryius Thomas in Super Bowl from ESPN

Now Butler, the Broncos fan, can have the last laugh among his NFL fan teammates in the Bulls' locker room. Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy and Aaron Brooks can't.

"You can talk all the crap you want to -- my team's in the Super Bowl," Butler said. "Kirk's Kansas City Chiefs, they're not there. Mike's Green Bay Packers, they're not there. Aaron's Seattle [Seahawks], they're not there. My team's there so you can talk all you want. My team's there and we're going to get this W."

The helmet, the idiotic, the miss: Ranking all 49 Super Bowls from The New York Post

38. IV -€” Chiefs 23, Vikings 7: MVP Len Dawson matriculated the ball down the field for Hank Stram, and the dominant Kansas City defense, anchored by massive Buck Buchanon, intercepted Joe Kapp twice and knocked him out in the fourth quarter.



Following the defeat at the hands of the Packers, Chiefs coach Hank Stram famously declared, "We'll be back, exactly one time."

NFL Stars, Celebs Flash Back To #WhenIWas18 To Support Foster Youth from The Huffington Post

"Coming out of foster and just being thrown into the world, it's a rude awakening," Tamba Hali, linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, told Forbes.

That's where First Place for Youth steps in. The organizations help teens leaving foster care find safe places to live, succeed in school, and get their first jobs.

They were one of five organizations to receive a $500,000 "Game Changer" grant from 50 Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, and will be featured in a video on CBS to be aired before the big game.

The Most Superstitious Football Fans are in Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, and New York - Certainly Not in Cleveland from PRWeb

Researchscape International surveyed 1,076 U.S. adults to determine which NFL fan bases were the most superstitious. The Buffalo Bills had the most superstitious fans (34%), followed by the Miami Dolphins (33%), the Pittsburgh Steelers (32%), and the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers (both 31%).

The least superstitious fans were those of the Cleveland Browns (22%), the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots (both 24%).

Franchise traditions of winning or losing don't seem to affect the level of superstition around their teams.