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A Father's Legacy: Chiefs LB Justin March-Lillard Shares His Incredible Story |

It's the first Father's Day he'll spend without his own father, Randy, who passed away last November, and it's the last Father's Day he'll be without his son, as he and his wife, Paige, are expecting later this summer.

"I've been wondering how I'm going to take it," Justin explained last week of what Sunday will be like. "It will probably be tough in some aspects, but my siblings and I will celebrate our dad."

Why KC Chiefs LB Justin March-Lillard wears his father's name on jersey | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs linebacker was holding his second annual football camp a summer ago in his hometown of Danville, Ill. March-Lillard’s younger brother, Logan, had been trying to teach the kid a classic agility exercise that called for him to shuffle through some heavy bags.

Logan Lillard wondered how his brother was going to pull off what he could not, then saw a 30-second moment that reminded him of their father. As March-Lillard encouraged the child, the message stuck and he completed the drill.

WCG Radio, Episode 3: Danny Parkins talks Bears as mini-camp wraps up | Windy City Gridiron

Parkins’ thoughts on Pat Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs and a broader thought; Who will be the best quarterback of this last draft class five years from now: Trubisky, Mahomes, or the Texans’ Deshaun Watson? A not-so-easy bet.

Chiefs sign two players, cut Stanley Jean-Baptiste | Arrowhead Pride

Thursday’s NFL transactions report shows the Chiefs cut Jean-Baptiste and G Corin Brooks after the close of minicamp on Thursday. They signed two new players with those roster spots: CB Trevon Harfield and OT Donald Hawkins.

Roger Goodell discusses KC’s chances to host NFL draft, relationship with Clark Hunt | The Kansas City Star

“There’s a tremendous amount of interest in all communities to host this,” Goodell said. “It has a tremendous platform, in that it gives exposure to communities, and it has a tremendous econonic impact.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shows another side of himself | The Kansas City Star

Even so, he wasn’t done tweaking Goodell during the public performance: Moments later, Colquitt added that he believed the noise there can produce “concussion-like” symptoms — a reference to the NFL’s ongoing battle of perception in how it’s handling what has become an epidemic.

Guest commentary: NFL must address serious issue of head trauma for my father and others | The Kansas City Star

My father, Curtis McClinton, who once played for the Kansas City Chiefs, is believed to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the result of severe head trauma after multiple blows to the head, causing irreversible brain damage. While the condition is associated with longtime boxers and professional football players, evidence is mounting that the condition impacts a range of athletes playing contact sports, including professional wrestling, hockey and soccer. Destructive effects of CTE don’t manifest for years, sneaking up on sufferers and their families like a thief in the night.

Rooted in faith: Mike Winchester's family spends first Father's Day without their dad |

Seven months have passed since Mike Winchester, a former Oklahoma football player, was tragically killed during a shooting in a parking lot at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers Airport. He was only 52.

Sunday marks the first Father’s Day for his six children and wife Julie since that Nov. 15 afternoon.

It will be a tough holiday, but appropriately for the Winchesters it falls on a Sunday. It is the Lord’s day for a family rooted by their faith.

Despite hectic stretch, Jeremy Maclin still gives back | ProFootballTalk

“It’s basically to help kids in alternative living situations, whether it’s adopted kids, single parent homes, things along those lines,” Maclin said. “It’s basically just to give back to the kids. Lot of the kids come from the same neighborhood I grew up in. Lot of single-parent homes, lot of kids being raised by grandparents, and stuff like that.

Vegas: Patriots are going to blow out the Chiefs in 2017 season opener | Pats Pulpit

The Patriots are 7.5-point favorites, per William Hill, with an over/under set at 48.5. This suggests the Patriots winning in a 28-20.5 game. The 7.5-point line points towards Vegas challenging bettors on whether the favorite team will win by more than a touchdown.

Roger Goodell on Kansas City: “They could do a great job with the draft” |

Goodell stated that he believed Kansas City would do a “great job with the draft” on Friday.

Kansas City Chiefs players test impact-reducing helmet | The Kansas City Star

“Whenever they bring something new and shiny in, I’m like ‘Can I get one?’” Conley said with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘It’s a new helmet, I just cut my hair, can I get one?’ And they were like ‘Sure, try it out.’”

Chiefs punter predicts Goodell will “be on our side” in game at New England | ProFootballTalk

For now, Goodell is visiting Kansas City. And during a Friday fan event at Arrowhead Stadium, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt made a prediction for the September 7 opener, via Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star: “I think Roger’s going to be on our side.”

Chiefs’ Andy Reid highlights another young receiver who has caught his eye | Arrowhead Pride

“Yes, I would say 81 (Jones) has done a nice job,” Reid said via quotes from the Chiefs. “I know him by ‘Stretch’. You guys know him by his real name. He’s done a nice job. He’s had a chance to work in there, in the rotation, and do some things. He’s a big kid that can run, pretty good hands. But again, he hasn’t played, hasn’t played yet. So, we have to see how he does in camp.”

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