All of the rookies on the Kansas City Chiefs roster spent the last three days in the NFL’s Rookie Transition Program, which is designed to help new players transition from college football to the professional ranks.
Two names you don’t hear associated with the Chiefs often—Kirsten Krug (vice president of administration) and BJ Stabler (player engagement director) help organize the program.
The following behind-the-scenes looks are from the official Instagram of Stabler.
(Note: Each of Stabler’s three posts is broken up into slides, and you may have to click through to Instagram to see each one)
Day 1 of our Rookie Experience Program. Our players had the opportunity to hear from Mike Davidson (Former Equipment Manager), Hear about their benefits,hear from my mentor Major Rodney Jackson (my dude earned a purple heart yall), do play 60 with kids from the Police Athletic League, and get a wonderful tour of the historic Negro League Museum from Bob Kendrick( President) that was capped by hearing from Mayor Sly James and one of the Chiefs great Deron Cherry. Deron was one of the first African American owners of an NFL team. He came to the Chiefs as a PUNTER and converted to one of the best Safeties the Chiefs have had. He is also one of the top businessmen in KC and he leveraged his involvement in the community to be a great businessman. Today was a good day! #ChiefsPlayerEngagement #Day2Tomorrow
Day one highlights: Equipment manager Mike Davidson gets the players familiar with Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, an inspirational talk from Major Rodney Jackson, a Play60 event on the field at Arrowhead Stadium (I noticed Derrick Nnadi engaged with the children in the video), and a tour of the historic Negro League Museum on E 18th street. There are no slides that show this, but Stabler mentions AP contributor Mayor Sly James and Chiefs great Deron Cherry closed out the day with talks as well.
Day 2 of the Rookie Experience Program was phenomenal! We had Chris Colston from Second Chance Credit drop knowledge on the guys about how to create leverage with their credit. We heard from HOF Will Shields, Scott Turner, and Captain Kari Thompson about Social Responsibility to help our guys be aware of the opportunity they have and the position they are in and discuss difficult topics like domestic violence/ sexual assualt/child abuse. Dr. Amanda Klass and Dr. Sheriece Sadberry spoke about Total Wellness and displayed through skits how mental health can cause guys to not to function at the elite level and live a healthy lifestyle. Sharon and Stuart Crickmer has created a game called ‘ My Simulated Life’ that uses a game to put our players in real life scenarios... disregard Raymond’s horrible dancing! We finished the night with a game at the Royals to give our guys an opportunity to relax and experience what Kansas City has to offer. Needless to say it was action packed. Stay tuned for Day 3 - Final Day. #ChiefsPlayerEngagement @chiefs
Day two highlights: A brief seminar on understanding credit from a representative from Second Chance Credit, talks from Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields, Scott Turner and Captain Kari Thompson regarding social responsibility and discussing tough issues relevant to the NFL today. The Chiefs rookies also learned about total wellness and mental health care. They finished up day two by each getting custom Royals jersey (pretty cool) and watching how NOT to play from the worst team in baseball at Kauffman Stadium.
Day 3 and Final Day of the Rookie Experience Program. The rookies had an opportunity to learn from Mark Hittner (Line Judge) about the rules in the NFL in comparison to the NCAA. Every second, inch, and play counts. They also had a chance to hear the new changes of the rules for 2018. Then they had a chance to hear from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) about the dangers of driving while intoxicate or/ and on prescription medicine. The story that was shared was heart felt of a mother losing her son and his fiancee due to a drunk driver accident. Then we heard from a Player Panel that was moderated by Mitch Holthus. The panel consisted of former players Ryan Lilja, Joe Mays, and Ben Grubbs ( yea he went to Auburn ). They kept it with our guys. From there, the guys went to Top Golf for a time of relaxation or possibly stress. We grabbed a few players at the end to hear things that were great and things they would like to change to make better for next year. My staff will debrief tomorrow to make particular changes to be better. We aren’t where we need to be but we are so much better thanks to @ramonerochester & @kunalt007 . Hope yall enjoyed the journey via social media. #ChiefsPlayerEngagement #StablersCounsel
Day three highlights: First, NFL line judge Mark Hittner broke down the rule differences between college football and the pros. Later in the day, MADD warned the rookies of the dangers of drunk driving. Finally, there was a player panel featuring Ryan Lilja, Joe Mays and Ben Grubbs. Lilja is as honest and forward as they come and it was good to see Grubbs back involved after a brief Chiefs career. The three-day program wrapped up with a trip to Top Golf.