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Five Things To Know About Safety Tyvon Branch

Getting to know the Chiefs’ newest safety


Branch ranks 10th among all players that have run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2006.

Branch participated in the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine and finished the 40-yard dash event in 4.31 seconds. But even though that mark ties him for 10th among all combine participants since 2006, he finished in a tie for second among his class. 2008 was also the year that Chris Johnson ran the dash in 4.24 seconds, which still stands as the record today.

Branch is especially looking forward to being on the right side of the "Home of the Chiefs."

Branch, who played for the Oakland Raiders from 2008 to 2014, said that he's excited to finally hear Chiefs fans proudly yell "home of the Chiefs!" while wearing the red and gold at Arrowhead Stadium.

"It's so loud in there," he told B.J. Kissel last week. "I'm excited to be on the other side of it now and have them rooting for me instead of against me."

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of safety, Tyvon Branch

Branch's first career interception occurred in Arrowhead Stadium.

Branch intercepted Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard and returned the ball 36 yards the Kansas City 5-yard line in the second game of his NFL career on September 14, 2008.

The Raiders defeated the Chiefs, 23-8, at Arrowhead Stadium.

General manager John Dorsey called Branch one of his favorite players to ever come out of the University of Connecticut.

"He utilizes his pride to play the game," Dorsey said of Branch on the latest Chiefs Download podcast. "He plays the game as rugged and tough as we'd like. He can run a little bit faster than people give him credit for. I just think it's always good to create competitive depth and I think we added a quality person and quality depth there."

Branch was a high school track star.

Branch attended Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and according to CBS Sports, he was the receipient of the Gatorade New York State Track Athlete of the Year Award after winning the 2004 National Indoor Track Championship in the 60 meters (6.82). He also finished first in New York State in both the 100 and 200-meter runs as a senior.

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