Chiefs DL Mike DeVito Announces Retirement from The Mothership
One of the most gracious and kind-hearted members of the Kansas City Chiefs over the past three seasons, veteran defensive lineman Mike DeVito, announced on Monday morning via Twitter and an article he wrote for the "The Drive," that he was hanging up his cleats after nine years in the NFL.
DeVito addressed his retirement in a wonderfully written piece about his football journey that began when he was only 5 years old. DeVito mentions those who have helped him along the way, including Chiefs linebacker
Derrick Johnson. DeVito opens up in a way in which anyone who has spent time around him understands is completely genuine, heartfelt and honest.
A major part of Kansas City Chiefs veteran linebacker Tamba Hali's story is how he escaped from Liberia in 1992 amid a deadly civil war in the country.
Over the weekend, Hali began taking to social media to document his first trip to his native country for the first time in 24 years.
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As we sit here less than three weeks before the draft, Dorsey said they haven't ruled out adding a veteran on the outside either.
"We're still trying to see if there are any veteran corners out there that may spark our interest, so we're steadily working at this," he added, "but we also are now having a keen eye in regards to the pro days that are happening."
With Gaines beginning last season as the nickel corner and Nelson spending much of his time also working on the inside, the connection of looking for bigger, longer CBs who can play on the outside makes sense.
There are players who fit that criteria available in this draft.
Here are five intriguing cornerbacks available in the 2016 NFL Draft, and a little excerpt from CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's draft guide (which you can get right here) about each of them:
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Mike DeVito announces his retirement from the NFL from The Kansas City Star
DeVito wants to believe he could have helped the Chiefs again as a rotational player, but at the end of the day, the combination of his age and the two concussions he suffered last year were enough to convince him to hang them up. DeVito made it clear he feels great, but his wife did not want him to put himself at risk for another concussion, just as a precaution.
"I know what we signed up for â it's a physical game, that's part of it," DeVito said. "At the same time, I can come back from a knee injury and an Achilles' injury but concussions start changing who you are, and with the effects you can have immediately and down the line, you have to think about it. I was blessed to go however long without any, then I had two in same year. If it's just me, my decision is probably different."
Former Chiefs DE Mike DeVito announces retirement from Chiefs Digest
He appeared in 14 games with 13 starts in 2013, and then suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the 2014 season opener.
DeVito returned in 2015 to appear in 13 games with five starts, while missing two games with a concussion and one game with a shoulder injury. He totaled 19 tackles (13 solo) and a career-high three sacks in 2015.
On his career, DeVito has 110 appearances (57 starts), producing 250 total tackles and 5 ½ sacks.
DeVito's retirement isn't as surprising as Abdullah's. DeVito is slightly older, his contract had expired and, unlike Abdullah, it's not clear the Chiefs wanted him back.
DeVito didn't cite this as a reason for his retirement but he had two concussions last season, according to the injury reports the Chiefs are required to file to the NFL.
DeVito was a free agent, and it certainly appears the Chiefs were planning for life without him. They re-signed another defensive lineman, Jaye Howard, early in free agency. That was a sign DeVito was probably going to need to sign with another team if he was going to continue his career.
The Chiefs have Howard, Dontari Poe and Allen Bailey as their three regulars. Among their other defensive linemen is Nick Williams, a young and still developing player the Chiefs have some high hopes for.
Chiefs' Tamba Hali shares videos, photos of first trip back to Liberia from The Kansas City Star
When he was 10 years old, Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali moved from his native country of Liberia because of civil war.
Hali is now 32, and he is back in Liberia. Hali, who has family in the capital of Monrovia, has been sharing his journey on social media.
Among the interesting looks are a couple of his family's home before they left for the United States.
Hali came to the United States at an early age and was unable to read or write English. He has since become one of the best pass rushers in NFL history.
The Chiefs haven't had stability on their offensive line in years. They've lost nine starters over the past three years to free agency and let go of yet another former starter recently when they released guard Ben Grubbs.
General manager John Dorsey sounded recently as if the Chiefs plan to settle on a starting line for 2016 sooner rather than later.
"It's got to be a fist," Dorsey said of the offensive line. "It has to be five working parts bound together as one, and that's what we're trying to achieve here."
A Farewell to Football by Mike DeVito from BDN Maine
The three years I spent in Kansas City were equally as amazing as the ones I spent in New York. I got to be around some of the greatest coaches and players I have ever met and play in front of the Chiefs Kingdom in the loudest stadium in the NFL. But there is one friendship that stands out. As I write I'm looking at the wall in my office of a picture of Derrick Johnson and I during a game in 2013, the year before we both tore our Achilles tendons. On the other side of that picture is a photo of us making a tackle together in our first game back, healthy in 2015. The brotherhood that was built through the two of us battling through adversity together, and the lessons I learned from one of the greatest leaders I have ever been around are priceless.
The last lesson I learned on this journey didn't come from football but instead from my wife Jessie and my son Rocco. The last lesson is vitally important but its application is very difficult. This last lesson is the reason why I have made the decision to move on from football. It is this; there are more important things in life than football.
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Before we get to Todd Blackledge's thoughts on this year's NFL draft, Johnny Manziel's demise and one of his new favorite restaurants in Stark County, we must first delve into one of the most important issues surrounding his football playing career, one that still resonates 33 years later, one that (literally) reared its ugly head during ESPN's 30-for-30 on the 1983 draft, but was never addressed.
What's up with his perm?
"It's just one of those crazy hairdos I had in college," said Blackledge, laughing. "It was just a fad. All of my black friends had jheri curls and I had that. It's kind of what was in fashion."
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6. Charone Peake, WR Clemson. He's big, fast and was very productive in an offense that ran the ball a lot at Clemson. He's also a hard worker who interviewed very well. There's two real problems: 1-he has godawful hands. They're very small for a wideout and he doesn't use them well for a wideout. Specifically, he brings them up late when he should have them up earlier. 2-He missed 27 games due to various injuries: including 2 knee surgeries. There's no doubt he's a project and one that has a decent about of risk.
Best fit: Kansas City Chiefs. Reid loves to get his hands on project wideouts like Peake, stash them for 2-3 seasons and let them learn.
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Known as "The gateway to the west," Kansas City conjures up images of barbecue, jazz, the American Royal, Chiefs football and of course, the Kansas City Royals, winners of the 2015 World Series. In the Lenexa, Kan., Farm Journal offices, co-workers taped oversized royal-blue "W"s to a wall every time the Royals knocked off an opponent last year - all the way to that final win. They're hoping for a repeat this year, and they'll be enjoying some great local fare along the way.
Moritz Bohringer is hoping for a place in Football League NFL from Südwest Presse [translated from the original German]
Imagine that before: A 22-year-old footballer who in an association occurs only in five years against the ball and plays in the national or Verbandsliga is closely monitored by Manchester United - and in addition to the Scouts of English are of Bavaria Munich, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. All big clubs are interested. This may sound absurd, but transferred to the Footballer Moritz Bohringer's true for the most part.
Currently trained Moritz Bohringer in West Palm Beach and is eagerly awaiting the NFL Draft. The team of the North American professional league amateur and youth players earn. Boehringer is an exotic car as German.