West, who calls this small community home, is affectionately known around town as "Moosey," a nickname given to him by his maternal grandmother, or 'Nana,' as he calls her, because "he was big, like a moose." For "Moosey," this place is always going to be the same, and that's why it's special to him.
"I love coming home because I don't get treated any different," he explained.
West, who is coming off a breakout season with the Chiefs, can't stand for five minutes out in the open of his hometown without a car honking and someone yelling for him as they go driving by.
"He's still Moosey when he comes home," Lonnie O'Neal, a longtime family friend, said. "He's not Mr. NFL or anything here. He's still just Moosey."
Chiefs.com Video: Chiefs Kingdom Short: Charcandrick West
Chiefs vs. Seahawks: Game Preview from Chiefs.com
There may not be a more fitting first preseason opponent for the Kansas City Chiefs than the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2015, while the Chiefs were digging their 1-5 hole, the Seahawks were doing the same at 2-4. Then both teams rallied to make the playoffs—the Chiefs won 10 games in a row to finish 11-5 and the Seahawks finished 10-6.
On Wild Card weekend, both teams won on the road. Then their seasons ended disappointingly in the Divisional Round.
Now both teams look to right the wrongs of 2015 and start 2016 on the right foot.
Chiefs vs. Seahawks: Five Things to Watch from Chiefs.com
1. Quarterbacks splitting up playing time
It's unusual for a team to have five quarterbacks taking reps during training camp, so the challenge for head coach Andy Reid and company is to try and find snaps for
Alex Smith, Nick Foles, Tyler Bray, Aaron Murrayand Kevin Hoganon Saturday.
When asked after practice on Wednesday how those snaps will be divvied up, Reid said they'll do their best to get everyone in the game.
"We basically have three groups in full," Reid explained. "We'll go first quarter with the ‘ones', second quarter with the ‘twos' and we'll mix up the third, fourth and fifth quarterbacks in the second half."
This means Alex Smith will play the entire first quarter, and then it'll be Nick Foles coming in to begin the second quarter.
Chiefs vs. Seahawks: How to Watch and Listen from Chiefs.com
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Sideline: B.J. Kissel
Steven Nelson bringing energy, competitiveness to Chiefs at cornerback from The Kansas City Star
When the Chiefs lost Sean Smith to free agency in March, they not only lost a very good NFL cornerback — they also lost one of their most excitable and energetic players.
And while it is not yet clear who will replace Smith, the leader in the clubhouse might be Steven Nelson, a second-year pro who has put together a nice training camp and has shown glimpses of the same excitability that Smith played with for the Chiefs.
For example, Nelson finished a recent practice — on Aug. 6 — with three pass breakups. After each, he punctuated the moment with a different, brief celebration.
"That kid, he's an energy giver," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He's battling like crazy."
Members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team including Kansas City Ambassadors visited The Children's Place on Thursday prior to the Chiefs Charity Game, which raises money for the organization that focuses on the needs of children who have suffered trauma.
Former Chiefs and current Chiefs Ambassadors, Dave Lindstrom and Anthony Davis, played with the kids at The Children's Place, 2 E. 59th St. The visit promoted the 2016 Chiefs Charity Game, which will be played on Saturday, August 13. Funds for The Children's Place are raised through Charity Game sponsorships.
Impact of the annual Chiefs charity game continues to grow from The Kansas City Business Journal
The Kansas City Chiefs organization hopes its 32nd-annual charity game, which features the preseason matchup with the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, will continue to pile on the $11.5 million that has been raised for local charities since 1985.
The event is the longest-running and most successful charity game in the National Football League. It involves the Chiefs donating suites, tickets and special experiences such as meeting players or participating in on-field events during the game. The selected local charity takes those gifts and combines them with other donations from Chiefs season-ticket holders and the community. The charity then sells them as sponsorships.
A breakdown of the Kansas City Chiefs' 2016 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp.
Chiefs give Tyreek Hill a second chance from Yahoo! Sports
Before transferring to Wester Alabama, Tyreek Hill was known as a track star in both junior college and at the University of Oklahoma State where he holds indoor records in both the 60 and 200 meter dashes. Along with what he did on offense, Hill also returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2015.
Regardless of his speed and talent on the field, Hill has a lot of trust to build both with his coaches and the Kansas City fans outside of the game. Hill pled guilty to a domestic abuse charge during a 2014 incident with his girlfriend. While he was given three years of probation by the legal system and some might say he was let off the hook a little easy, the incident led to Hill being dismissed by the Oklahoma State football and track teams.
"Not the way EB's wired," Reid told USA TODAY Sports after a training camp practice this week. "It's weird, because we all want him here. It's just, they couldn't get (a contract) done.
"I think once he gets back in here, he'll be OK around the guys and just go play. He's pretty professional that way. He's not really a disturber. That's not how he rolls."
Historical Houston high school athletics programs have roots in PVIL from The Houston Chronicle
Brown starts spouting names as if he's a human encyclopedia.
"Eldridge Dickey played at Booker T. Washington," Brown said. "Mean Joe Greene. Temple, Texas. I think it was Dunbar,Kenny Houston. I worked with Kenny Houston at Sterling. Dick "Night Train" Lane from Austin Anderson. Charley Taylor,Washington Redskins, Grand Prairie. Gene Upshaw. He was over the (National Football League) players' association. And Emmitt Thomas came from Angleton. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs. Otis Taylor from Worthing."
From Ernie Banks on the diamond to Debbie Allen in the classroom, the PVIL has its hands on every corner of history.
Seahawks notes: Camp O-line shuffle continues from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
On Thursday's 11th practice of training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, that meant moving Gilliam over to the right side in place of Webb and elevating veteran free-agent signing Bradley Sowell to the starting left tackle spot. (Webb suffered an undisclosed leg injury in practice on Wednesday.)
Afterward, Cable told reporters the move wasn't necessarily an indictment of Gilliam or a reward for Sowell, but a chance to gauge how different players play on different sides of the line.
"It's really more just to see the different combinations," Cable said. "Maybe we missed something -- this guy's better at left than he is at right or vice versa. So this is the time to do that, obviously."
Preseason: Who to watch for Seahawks, Chiefs from Yahoo! Sports
Head coach Pete Carroll will be using these next few weeks to evaluate rookies and bubble players. Don't expect to see much of the A-list starters like Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and Michael Bennett.
Staying healthy is always important in the preseason, but it will be underscored in Kansas City. Last season the Chiefs finished fourth in the league with 46 sacks. They'll be without top pass rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali (both on the PUP list) but Andy Reid is always clever when it comes to blitzes. Keeping the quarterback on his feet will be crucial for Seattle both in the game and for the season. Speaking of which...
Get ready to see a lot of new faces at receiver Saturday. With Kasen Williams, Kevin Smith and Deshon Foxx all nursing hamstring injuries and presumed out for the Kansas City game, you're going to see some different names play the final two or three quarters at receiver for the Seahawks Saturday. The second grouping will likely include rookie Kenny Lawler and Douglas McNeil, who are each making runs at the final roster spot or two at receiver. But after that, a lot of playing time could go to some guys who just joined the team such as Montario Hunter and E.Z. Nwachukwu. Hunter, a rookie from Elizabeth City State, has impressed with his speed — he was said to have run under 4.4 in his workout with the Seahawks before the team signed him and he had a long catch of a Russell Wilson pass in Saturday's scrimmage. Also expect the Seahawks to give a long look to 6-6, 230-pound Tanner McEvoy, who also played quarterback and safety at Wisconsin.
Five Seahawks To Watch In The First Preseason Game from CBS Seattle
It's pointing out the obvious to suggest keeping an eye on the backup quarterback during a preseason game, but the team is showing indications that Trevone Boykin is the man to backup Russell Wilson when the real games begin. There are a few veteran free-agent quarterbacks available (Michael Vick's name keeps popping up as a possibility, but so far for other teams), and the Seahawks haven't ruled anything out, but for now it's only Boykin and Jake Heaps behind Wilson in camp.
Croyle, Dyer to speak at West Alabama Men's Bible Conference from The Daily Mountain Eagle
"We do this to take men and encourage them all day long in their walk with the Lord. Each of our speakers are there for a particlar reason," said McCullar. "Clay is one of the most inspirational people I've ever met. You can't spend time with Clay and not feel better about what you are going through. He's overcome all kinds of odds in everything he's faced. His motto is ‘If I can, you can.' He's right, because nothing stops him.
"Brodie's draw is certainly because he's a former quarterback for Alabama and the Kansas City Chiefs. Now he's the Executive Director for the Big Oak Ranch. He's dealt with so many children that didn't have a father. He's going to talk about being a dad."
Andre Rison: I'm a good dad. I hurt daily. Marijuana candy helps. from The Detroit Free Press
In 1994, while playing for the Atlanta Falcons, his then celebrity-girlfriend Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes of TLC burned down his mansion. Years later came an ESPN documentary titled "Broke," which featured athletes who had squandered their wealth, including Rison, who admitted in the documentary that he spent a million dollars on jewelry. Child support issues followed. In 2007 he declared bankruptcy.
In 2011 came the indictment that continues to haunt him.
It involved an Arizona woman who had a son with Rison when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs. That son was Hunter, who according to Rison spent his childhood years with his mother and would not develop a close relationship with his father until he was about 12.