When the Chargers open the season at the New Arrowhead against the Chiefs, there could be a familiar face in the starting lineup for San Diego: former Jayhawk and Kansas City native Darrell Stuckey.
He signed a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers late last month. And with the recent release of Kevin Ellison, San Diego’s primary strong safety last year, signs point to Stuckey becoming the starter.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said.
Stuckey also helps the Chargers with his conduct off the field. Ellison was released essentially because of his May 24 arrest for drug possession. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson is suspended for three games because of his legal troubles and now wants a new contract
Stuckey was known at Kansas for his involvement in youth groups and the Student Senate on campus along with his leadership in a tumultuous year for Kansas football. Much of that, it seems, has traveled with him to San Diego.
Already, Stuckey said he is involved in his new community, helping foster homes and basketball camps. And whether he’s giving back to the community, giving an interview or doing what his team asks, he is giving it his all.
“If you aren’t going to do something whole-heartedly, don’t,” Stuckey said.
Leading up to the draft, Stuckey was a guy that I was hoping Scott Pioli would take a shot on in the fourth round. Unfortunately once the Chiefs traded up to get TE Tony Moeaki they were without a pick in the fourth and saw Stuckey go off the board in the middle of that round.
Judging from what we have seen early on from Kendrick Lewis, it looks like the Chiefs still ended up with one heck of a safety, but it would have been nice to see Stuckey be able to stay home and play.