Something to which Hill takes exception is when people say Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is a check-down quarterback. Hill said Smith has a much stronger arm than people give him credit and Kansas City’s ability to stretch the field could surprise some this season.
“People are going to realize that this year,” Hill said. “Everybody’s going to eat. It’s not just one guy. We’ve got multiple weapons on this offense and everybody can make plays.”
O’Callaghan told Outsports, a partner of SB Nation, that as he worked his way into his sport’s premier league, his plan was to play out his career and then take his own life. O’Callaghan detailed his journey from keeping his secret from the world, to falling into drug addiction after injuries ended his career, to plans of suicide, to eventually getting the help he needed and accepting his sexuality and himself for who he is.
“I was abusing painkillers, no question,” O’Callaghan said in the story. “It helped with the pain of the injuries, and with the pain of being gay. I just didn’t worry about being gay when I took the Vicodin.”
“No one is going to assume the big football player is gay," O’Callaghan said. "It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.”
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“It’s about a balance between school, physical activity, the arts,” he said. “Our goal is to help make better people.”
It’s difficult to find a better role model than the Mont-St-Hilaire native who has combined playing football at the highest level with medical school. He was a standout at McGill even though his practice time was limited by his studies. Sasha Ghavami, a longtime friend, pushed him to consider a professional career and this year he signed a five-year extension with the Chiefs worth $42.36 million with $20.2 million guaranteed.
The event at McGill was the first for his Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation, where the mission is to promote physical activity among children. He unveiled a re-purposed school bus that will tour the province putting on sports days at different schools.
Not every potential trade is a blockbuster. Those screaming headlines aren't always necessary, and sometimes it's the quieter move that propels an already strong team to another level. Like, for example, the Pittsburgh Steelers giving their loaded offense a more established tight end by kicking the tires on Zach Miller. Or the Kansas City Chiefs adding cornerback depth behind Marcus Peters by taking a flier on someone like Darqueze Dennard, a highly drafted defender who could rekindle that promise under a new coaching staff.
Stanzi was signed by Calgary this spring. He had spent most of the last six years in the NFL, but had never played in a regular-season game. He was a fifth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, was waived by the Chiefs in August 2013, and was with the Jacksonville Jaguars for one season.