The Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason program may be wrapped up, but it was still a busy week for the players away from the field.
That included a Play60 clinic at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday, in which all 24 of the Chiefs’ rookies led a group of students from the Police Athletic League through a variety of drills and activities.
“This was my first Play60 experience, so it meant a lot to be out here,” said linebacker Dorian O’Daniel. “I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, but the kids seemed excited as soon as we came out and they kept that energy going the entire time we were playing with them.”
That collective energy echoed throughout the west end zone as the rookies led the kids through a handful of football-related drills and activities.
“It was a lot of fun…I felt like a little kid again,” said cornerback Tremon Smith. “They had me acting young out there, celebrating with them and going through all the drills. I love to do that sort of thing, so I’m always up for it.”
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Following the clinic, the players made their way to the iconic Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City’s 18th and Vine district to learn more about their new community.
The day wrapped up a busy handful of weeks for the rookies, which included witnessing what it meant to be a leader from safety Eric Berry at practice earlier this month.
There aren’t many, if any, like Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry, whose leadership knows no bounds and is always mentioned upon the first uttering of his name.
And yet, here’s another story of his behind-the-scenes leadership, which is only known because of off-comment from a player who was asked to talk about plays he made one day at minicamp.
Fittingly enough, one of Berry’s coaches was honored for his dedication to the game earlier this week.
There are simply not many individuals quite like Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs’ Coach Emmitt Thomas, who is the epitome of a football lifer in every sense of the phrase.
It’s for that very reason that Thomas was honored by the Pro Football Writers Association on Tuesday with the prestigious Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award, which is annually given to deserving NFL assistant coaches for lifetime achievement.
It’s a fitting honor for Thomas, who is entering his 38th year as an assistant coach – and ninth with the Chiefs - after putting together a Hall of Fame career as a player with Kansas City from 1966-78. Thomas played 181 games over his 13 seasons with the Chiefs, tallying a franchise-record 58 interceptions.
Read more about Thomas’ award here.
Speaking of the coaching staff, Head Coach Andy Reid shared a special part of his family's history with us last weekend in honor of Father's Day.
Reid's efforts on the field – along with the rest of the coaching staff – have helped Kansas City dominate the AFC West over the past three seasons. We took a closer look at the Chiefs’ divisional success in the inaugural edition of “Chiefs by the Numbers.”
One of the main contributors to that success has been wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who drew some high praise from NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah this week.
Jeremiah took things a step further, tabbing Hill as the most explosive player in all of football.
“This is not a debate to me. If you watch the NFL at any point in time, and you see Tyreek Hill on the field, he looks different than everybody else out there,” Jeremiah explained. “He is clearly the most explosive player in the NFL. On a field full of fast people, he’s running at a different speed. You have to look at your TV to see if you have a button pushed or something, because it doesn’t look normal.
“He’s not one of the most explosive players, he’s the most explosive player.”
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Sticking with the folks at NFL.com, the Chiefs made three appearances on analyst Elliot Harrison’s “All-Under-25-Team.”
A youth movement is underway at One Arrowhead Drive, and if the past couple years have taught us anything, it’s that the kids can play.
So much so that three members of the Kansas City Chiefs made an appearance on NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison’s “All-Under-25 Team,” which assembled a squad of players that won’t hit the quarter-century mark until at least September.
The Chiefs’ three selections marked the second-most of any team, trailing only the New Orleans Saints.
See which Chiefs made the team by clicking here.
Speaking of young playmakers, longtime scout Gil Brandt predicted that Chiefs’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins would earn himself a trip to the Pro Bowl following this upcoming season.
In other news, Chiefs Rumble is back for a 10th season in 2018, capturing the passion of Chiefs Kingdom in a truly unique way.
“It hasn’t gotten old for me. Every game is different, and that part of it has been really fun,” Rumble Director Matt Arnet said. “This is a way that I can stay connected to both music and to the team that I grew up loving in a unique way.”
Check out this season’s squad by clicking here.
And finally, the Chiefs Ambassadors – over 30 of them – returned to Arrowhead this week for the inaugural Chiefs Legends Youth Football Camp.
“It gets the kids out of the monotony of their day-to-day,” former offensive guard Will Shields said. “It gives them a chance to get back into the sport – the feeling of what it really is – and it lets us teach them what we know. We can give them some knowledge so that they can be ahead of the game.”
And much like the lessons learned in football translate to everyday life, the camp strived to leave a lasting impact away from the field.
“Part of this is about football, but a lot of it also is about things that they can carry on with them throughout life,” former wide receiver Kevin Lockett explained. “We’re trying to teach them some things that they can bring back to their families, so by the time that they leave here today, they’ll have gotten some football in, but they’ll also have received some life lessons as well.”
Read more about the camp here.
Photo Gallery: Chiefs Legends Youth Football Camp
The Kansas City Ambassadors and Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields hosted the inaugural Chiefs Legends Youth Football Camp at Arrowhead Stadium. The event is a one-day youth skills football and character building camp with Kansas City Ambassadors acting as coaches and mentors.