Around The Web: Chiefs Got Your BACK, New Long Snapper?, Chiefs Bloodlines

The Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs have developed a new program that focuses on autistic children and their families.  Under the name “We’ve got Your BACK” the program will make a difference by bringing more recognition to and help to enhance the treatment of autistic children.  At their first event, the defensive backs and autistic children celebrated World Autism Awareness Day.autismspeaks1

Among the defensive backs involved were Jon McGraw, Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.  The players met with the children and their families giving out prizes and autographs.  At the end of the day each child parent and player held a balloon and released it into the air to symbolize the compassion they share for the autism community at large.

The Chiefs have always done a great job in the community and this program just continues that tradition.  WAAD was bigger than ever this year and I’m glad the Chiefs were part of it as well.

The Chiefs have signed former Baker University football player Tanner Purdum to compete for the long snapper job, according to The Lawrence Journal-World & News.  The contract was finalized yesterday and will be signed Monday pending a physical as the Chiefs earch for J.P. Darsche’s replacement.

Yes, things are so slow that potential long snappers make the list of today’s top Chiefs stories.  Seriously though, we’ve seen how important it is to have a quality long snapper and if Purdum ends up filling that role successfully we’ll all be better off.

The nephew of former Chiefs defensive end Mike Bell has given a verbal commitment to play football for Oklahoma University, reports Tulsa World.  Rivals ranks Blake Bell as the top high school quarterback prospect in the country.  Bell’s father, Mark, also spent time in the NFL playing for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Colts.

Blake Bell, of Wichita (Kan.) Bishop Carroll High School, planned on making visits to both Kansas and Missouri but will now cancel both trips.

I’m not a big guy on high school football prospects, because unlike the NBA where those kids only have to wait a year to go pro, a guy like Bell will have to spend three seasons at OU before he will be a true NFL prospect.  But he certainly has the blood lines and at 6-foot-6 and 220 lbs is built like a big time player.

Derrion Thomas, son of the great Derrick Thomas, helped set the Rusty Hodge Jaguar-Haldex Invitational 400 relay record by running the anchor leg for Blue Springs South.  After the race, Thomas said he was still unsure of where he would play college football next season.  Rivals currently rates him as a 5.5 prospect, which they classify as “among the regions top prospects and among the top 750 or so prospects in the country… deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on college team.”

Back in December, USA Today did a great write up on Derrion and gives a detailed view into the life of Derrick’s son.

No matter how many years pass, I still can’t wrap my mind around Derrick’s passing.  He was always larger than life and my favorite player through the years.  I hope Derrion finds the right fit on the college level and who knows, maybe we’ll see him at Arrowhead down the road.

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