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Five Things to Know About Rod Streater

Posted Mar 14, 2016

The Chiefs added another piece to the offense

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to strengthen their roster in free agency, this time with the addition of former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater.

Here are five things to know about the 6-foot-3, 216-pound receiver:

1. Undrafted, yet reliable

Streater signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft. Despite not being drafted, Streater finished fourth on the team with 584 yards receiving, 39 catches and 3 touchdowns his rookie season.

In 2013, Streater led the team in receptions with 60, had 888 yards receiving and caught 4 touchdowns from three different Oakland quarterbacks: Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin.

A foot injury and illness during training camp limited Streater to just three games in 2014, and he recorded only one catch for 8 yards in 2015.

In three seasons with Oakland, Streater caught 109 passes for 1,564 yards and 8 touchdowns.

2. An eye for art

Growing up, Streater often found himself doodling in the corners of his schoolbooks. The hobby turned into an appreciation of the culture, and he ultimately decided to pursue art courses in college.

Streater is currently studying to receive his bachelor’s degree in digital art and game animation at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s online program.

Not losing sight of his passion, the receiver enjoys drawing cartoons and hopes to create one of his own when his NFL career is over.

 3. “Where’s Streater?”

While pursuing his interest for art, Streater gained a desire to spread his talent through local youth.

In 2014, the Rod Streater Foundation and signature program, "Where's Streater? Catch Him Here, There and Everywhere" was created. The foundation’s goal is to provide opportunities for local children to experience various activities related to technology, culture and the arts, while also promoting healthy lifestyles.

“As a kid I always loved art,” he told the Press Democrat. “I just wanted to figure out how to introduce kids to art and interact with them, go on field trips or just hang out with them.”

The “Where’s Streater?” program takes local youth to places they may not typically have the opportunities to visit, such as Disney Interactive, the San Francisco Zoo and Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center.

“Some (athletes) just write a check,” he said. “I also want to interact with the kids and show them I’m a regular person.”

 4. Inspiration through a memory

During Week 3 of the 2014 season, Streater suffered a broken foot against in the game the New England Patriots, and he was placed on injured reserve for the year. Just weeks later, his mother, Darlene Streater, passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

Refusing to leave her memory forgotten, Streater became active through his foundation, raising money for cancer research and participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fundraising Walk. His mother’s influence helped him strive to become a positive role model for young people.

“It’s been a growing process for me,” Streater explained to Raiders.com. “Getting through a lot of adversity really made me stronger, and appreciate being here in the NFL. Just going through all that really helped me out with becoming a tougher person.”

“Team Streater” and “Where’s Streater?” are just two of many signature programs the Rod Streater Foundation embodies.

“Being able to give back whether you’re a superstar or not has been very humbling,” Streater said. “I feel like every NFL player has that platform to give back. I’m just blessed to be able to inspire people and be able to make an impact.”

 5. A leader on and off the field

Despite being limited to only one game last season, Streater, highly regarded in the locker room, embodied the importance of being a good teammate, earning the team's Ed Block Courage award.

The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award presented to selected players in the NFL who are voted for by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage. The award is named in memory of Ed Block, a humanitarian and trainer for the Baltimore Colts.

“I’ve always been a team guy. I’ve been on both sides, playing, and not playing,” Streater said. “I know how much the other receivers appreciate me, helping them out. I’m not going to be a bad teammate. That’s not who I am."

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