Chiefs offensive tackle Colin Brown always wanted to make his mark on the basketball court, but Bill Reiter went to Brown’s hometown of Braymer, MO to find out how he was transformed to an NFL player.
“I put on 100 pounds to play football,” Brown said with a laugh.
He did more than that. He gave up one dream and discovered another. He gave himself one — and only one — unlikely shot at a college football career. He walked into a room in Columbia as a skinny basketball player and walked out set on a different path, unknowingly pointed toward the team he’d spent his childhood rooting for, the team he loved so much he used to drive an hour from Braymer to the Kansas City International Airport just to watch men such as Marty Schottenheimer and Len Dawson climb off an airplane.
I was a little late coming to the Colin Brown party, but I’m getting excited about the kid now. So many times the guys you hear about are the ones that have been the best players on their teams since Pop Warner and are used to being “The Man”. But Brown is still learning the game and how to properly use his body at his position. If there was ever the perfect type of player to come in and learn a new system, it’s Brown and his improving game. If you look at how much he progressed during his years at Missouri, there is no reason to think that progression will stop now that he is in Kansas City.
After Tony Gonzalez was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Atlanta Falcons, he held a press conference as a way to say goodbye to the fans that had supported him over the years. Kent Babb wonders if Tony Gonzalez will lose fans for trying to win a championship in Atlanta, press conference or not.
Over time, Gonzalez became the face of the Chiefs. But he also became something more: that rare player associated not only with a team but also with a city. George Brett had that when he played 21 seasons with the Royals. Len Dawson had it when he led the Chiefs to their only Super Bowl victory. Gonzalez had it, too. But now he’s leaving, the latest city-branded sports star to depart the team he’s been associated with in pursuit of a championship.
Gonzalez said last week that he didn’t ask to be traded this offseason. But he had made that request last year, and he admitted Tuesday in that hotel that he told the Chiefs’ decision-makers that he wouldn’t have been opposed to a trade to a playoff contender.
Already, Chiefs message boards and fan Web sites have been flooded with entries saying that Gonzalez turned his back on Kansas City.
Kent very well could have included this site among those that were questioning TG’s legacy in Kansas City. After all the talk about only having one or two years left in him and wanting to win a championship, how could it not change how Gonzalez is viewed if he plays four seasons in Atlanta? The one thing that could guarantee his spot in Kansas City as a legend would be to play his two seasons in Atlanta and then come back to the Chiefs and try and put them over the top in year three of the Scott Pioli/Todd Haley era. If he could return and still help this team win football games, that would go a whole lot further than a one day contract with the Chiefs after four years with the Falcons.
Fans continue to debate just how important the signing of Eric Ghiaciuc was and our friends over at Arrowhead Pride have broken down all of the differing views.
Bengals fans across the internet seem to agree that they are happy to see Ghiaciuc leave. One fan went as far as to say: “watching Eric Ghiaciuc start and play all 16 games for the 2008 Bengals as their center was like watching a garden hose spray water at a screen door. Everything got through.”
The two dissenting opinions seem to come from Kansas City. Both Bob Gretz and The Kanas City Star have lauded the signing as a typical Scott Pioli under the radar type move.
When the signing was first announced, I was pretty clear that I liked this move. And I stick by that because I refuse to chalk up an offensive line’s failure just to the center. Who do you trust more when it comes to personnel moves: Anyone with the Bengals or Scott Pioli? The discussion ends there for me and I look forward to seeing Ghiaciuc compete in training camp with Rudy Niswanger.