Before (hopefully) returning to the Kansas City Chiefs to get back to work full-time, defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant was honored in his hometown of Century, Florida. The football field at Century Park is now the Anthony Pleasant Sports Complex. The two-time Super Bowl champion and second-year coach is still amazed at how long he was able to play in the NFL.
“I never imagined that I would be playing for 14 seasons in the National Football League,” Pleasant said. “The average career is about three or four years. Those first three years, you can’t control what happens to you. So because of the hard work that I had instilled in me as a kid — that strong foundation — that helped carry me to the next level and to be able to play for 14 years.”
It’s very cool to make it big coming from a tiny town like Pleasant, but even better that after all these years he is still so revered.
Could Pleasant be the beginning of the Todd Haley coaching tree? As new coaches like Pleasant, offensive quality control coach Nick Sirianni and defensive quality control coach Otis Smith move up and on from the Chiefs, it will be interesting to see how far this Haley tree extends.