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The Five Moments You'll Always Remember from the Chiefs' 2016 Season |

They were the moments you couldn’t wait to talk to your friends about—the ones that got you off your feet and forced you to pick your jaw up off the floor. They mesmerized you, and to this day, they still might give you chills. Looking five, 10, even 20 years from now, whenever one of these highlights flashes across the screen, you’ll be taken back to how you felt and whom you were with in that moment.

Top 10 moments from the 2016-17 Chiefs season | KCTV5

Capped off with a De’Anthony Thomas high-five, this was Hill’s only kick return for a touchdown all year. The Chiefs’ offense was non-existent through the first three quarters, so this kick return was vital in keeping Kansas City in the game. This play is also microcosm of the Chiefs’ season, as plays from this game make the list three times and Hill makes the list four times.

Andy Reid, John Dorsey react to Colts’ hiring of Chris Ballard as General Manager |

"I'm thrilled for Chris and his family," Dorsey explained. "Beyond football, the Colts are getting a good man. I've enjoyed our friendship over the last four years together, and I wish him the best moving forward."

Chiefs use Pro Bowl to end season on positive note | The Kansas City Star

Meanwhile, dynamic rookie Tyreek Hill, who made the AFC team as a returner, had a fumble but returned a punt for 38 yards (he nearly broke it) and caught a pass for 9 yards, all while wearing custom cleats with a cheetah design on them from his sponsor, Adidas. "Half-man, half-cheetah," Hill said with a laugh. "Pro Bowl swag, all day."

Colts Hire 'Heavyweight Executive' as GM | Inside INdiana Business

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team's new general manager is a "savvy, organized and thorough talent evaluator." The team announced Sunday evening that Kansas City Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Chris Ballard would succeed Ryan Grigson, who was let go earlier this month.

Seven things we learned from Chris Ballard's introductory press conference with the Colts | Stampede Blue

"Let me put it this way: I'm probably not completely ready to be a GM," he said. "I'm going to screw some things up, I'm going to make some mistakes and I'll own them. But I'll say this: I wasn't ready to coach Al Harris, who played in the National Football League for 14 years, when I coached the secondary. I played receiver in college but coach put me in, but I figured it out. I wasn't ready to be an area scout, but I figured it out. I wasn't ready to be a director of pro personnel. I figured it out. I wasn't ready to be a director of player personnel. I figured it out. It's never about - I've got enough good people around me that they're going to help guide me along the way. And one of my real strengths is, when I make a mistake I'll own it. It's on me. I'll never put the blame off and I'll never put the blame off."

Jim Irsay calls Chris Ballard the best GM candidate of the 21st century | Stampede Blue

"All candidates, really, and there were six, were outstanding," Irsay said.  "I can't say enough about the men that interviewed for this position. I think the pool's even stronger in 2017 than it was in 2012.   I was thinking about this and I think I can say it with some expertise and some wisdom, is that I really feel, to me, Chris is the best candidate for general manager that's come about so far in the 21st century.  I mean, that's how impressed we were with him. His energy, his experience, his vision, I know that he's going to get with Coach Pagano and the Colts are a much better football team today.

Chris Ballard says Chuck Pagano is the Colts coach and there were "no other options" | Stampede Blue

Pagano himself was in attendance for the press conference, and Ballard understands that the relationship between coach and general manager is very important. "It’s essential, he said. "So I just left a place where John Dorsey and Andy Reid are tied at the hip and they make decisions together. Me and Chuck will make decisions together for the best interests of the Indianapolis Colts."

Irsay, Ballard Have High Expectations Inside INdiana Business

Colts owner Jim Irsay did not mince words about the team's new general manager Monday, calling Chris Ballard the "best candidate for general manager that's come about in the 21st century." Ballard, most recently director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, says his vision is simple: "to build a winning culture that is competing for championships year in and year out."

Hiring John Lynch as general manager is 49ers' ultimate gamble | USA Today

The smartest man in all of this might be Chris Ballard, who declined the 49ers' interview request through the Kansas City Chiefs, then was hired swiftly on Sunday as GM of the Indianapolis Colts — a superior job — eight days after fired Ryan Grigson was fired.

Kansas Man Strikes Gold Winning Bud Light's Super Bowl Tickets for Life Contest |

"Over the holidays, I ran to the store to restock my fridge with Bud Lights before our friends arrived. I found a gold can in my 30-pack and my wife and I immediately uploaded a photo to," said Randa, a machinist at an aviation manufacturer in Wichita. "Then, after learning I won, I had no idea that an ordinary Bud Light run would change my life. This is a dream come true!" Randa, a huge NFL football fan with an allegiance to the Kansas City Chiefs, will attend his first-ever Super Bowl this weekend in Houston and will have two tickets to all Super Bowl games to for the rest of his life to share with friends and family. As part of the sweepstakes, Bud Light also randomly selected six contestants from the pool of entries and awarded them with a pair of season tickets to their favorite team for the 2017-18 NFL season.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2017 | The Kansas City Star

Former Chiefs quarterback Bill Kenney and former Royals and Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman were among the inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday night in Springfield.

Chiefs Sign Two Players To Reserve-Futures Contracts | Fanragsports

The Kansas City Chiefs have added two new players to their roster on reserve-futures deals with the signing of running back Darrin Reaves and defensive tackle Montori Hughes.

Sports insiders, radio hosts react to new Colts GM | CBS 4

"The Colts are not a 2-14 team that all of a sudden you have to overhaul the roster big time; this is a team that is just a game or two away from getting back into the post season," said Bowen.

Insider: Expect Ballard to be patient in building Colts | Indy Star

"You want to raise your own," Ballard said during his introductory news conference on Monday. "We want to be a great drafting team. We want to have a sound structure and foundation in place where we’re producing players every year. You have to. You have to have at least three or four guys who are going to help you every year."

New Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard says "it'll always be about the team" | ESPN

"Defense wins championships," Ballard said. "You've got to score points. But I've been blessed to be in the league and work for two places where we've been pretty special on defense: Chicago and Kansas City. So that definitely is a goal. That's probably why I have such a fit with Chuck, who is a defensive head coach.

Doyel: Chris Ballard blew me away but it doesn't mean anything | Indy Star

Well, listen. What do you want to know? That the Colts just landed the general manager who will get this franchise back to the Super Bowl? That the Colts just hired a guy who will maximize the talents of quarterback Andrew Luck and fix the defense and not waste first-round picks on stiffs like Bjoern Werner or Trent Richardson? I don’t know if the Colts just did that. Nobody knows if the Colts just did that. And if anyone tells you with certainty that the Colts did just do that, immediately block them online and report their URL as spam.

Morning Buzz: All eyes on Packers GM Thompson | Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Elsewhere, ACME Packing Company correctly surmises that the Colts’ hiring of Kansas City Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard ensures that Eliot Wolf will be staying in Green Bay for the time being.

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