Jets vs. Steelers: Kansas City Connections

The New York Jets visit the Pittsburgh Steelers today for the right to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy and a trip to the Super Bowl.

There will be a couple former Chiefs players out on the field, though I think it’s safe to say most Kansas City fans will be pulling for a certain fullback.


Tanner Purdum

He never appeared in a game for the Chiefs, but Purdum was involved in a battle for the long snapping job with Thomas Gafford.  As we know, Gafford won that battle and Purdum took his talents to East Rutherford.  He handled snapping duties for the Jets in every game this season.

Tony Richardson

If there was ever a player that needed little introduction, it’s T-Rich.  Short of Tony Gonzalez, there wasn’t another non-Chief in the playoffs that had more support coming from Kansas City.  Getting to multiple Pro Bowls for being one of the best fullbacks in the league and being an even better citizen in the community will do that.

Following a stop with the Minnesota Vikings, Richardson found a new home with the Jets.  He even beat out rookie John Connor for the starting gig this season in a camp battle that was documented by HBO’s “Hard Knocks”.  Richardson didn’t touch the ball once last week in the Jets victory over the Patriots, but he was still all over the field.  Expect more of the same Sunday against the Steelers.


Keyaron Fox

A former third round pick for the chiefs back in 2004, Fox spent four seasons in Kansas City.  His best year was in 2006 when he appeared in all 16 games and recorded a career-high 53 tackles.

He left Kansas City for the Steelers in 2008 where he promptly won a Super Bowl.  Fox is Pittsburgh’s special teams captain and will spearhead the effort to try and contain Brad Smith in the return game.

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