Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has less than two weeks before he has to report for training camp and he’s been putting his time at home to good use. The Democrat and Chronicle reports on Branden Albert’s second annual Rochester Kids’ Day.
“Just keep working hard,” the former University of Virginia star said. “Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do anything. I had a lot of people growing up who didn’t think I was going to be anything.
“It ended up working out for me being something. Everybody can be something. You don’t have to be a pro athlete to be something. As long as you are doing something positive with your life, you are somebody.”
While the kids were most excited about the free pizza and other treats, Albert’s talk about hard work was heard.
“I want to be just like him. I want to be a football player,” said Kyle Nevison, 14, an East eighth-grader. “It makes me want to play more, play harder. It makes me want to play football all day.
It was expected the Chiefs might take a tackle in this year’s draft to alleviate the pressure on Albert, who played guard in college. When they took Tennessee safety Eric Berry at No. 5, Albert knew he was given a vote of confidence.
“I am working on mental focus,” he said. “A lot of the things that were hindering me at the beginning of the season were mental, it wasn’t physical. This year I am more in tune with the offense. I am just ready to help our team win. That is my main goal this year.”
It’s hardly surprising considering he has had Brian Waters as an example, but it’s good to see Albert continue to get out and work in the community.
And it doesn’t matter much what you or I think about how Albert played last season, however it is always worth noting that the Chiefs had the ability to draft the one player (Russell Okung) that seemingly every team but the Redskins had rated as the best tackle in the draft.
Knowing that the team has to take a huge step forward along the offensive line, Todd Haley and Scott Pioli are convinced that Albert will get the job done this season. The entire offense should be watched closely with hopefully the scheme being more familiar, but when it comes to the line all eyes will be on Albert.