Sproles’ Happy Homecoming


San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles was a star at Kansas State and Olathe North and for the first time in his four trips to Arrowhead Stadium as a pro he was able to cap off his homecoming with a touchdown.

“You dream of that as a kid when you grow up here,” Sproles said, “so it felt real good to finally get a score here.”

The Chargers caught the Chiefs in a blitz, and Sproles, as the hot receiver, caught the ball at the 30.  He put a move on Chiefs safety Jon McGraw, a former K-State teammate, and outran McGraw and Brandon Carr to the end zone.

Earlier in the game, McGraw, a special-teams standout, and Sproles exchanged handshakes after a kick return by Sproles.

“It’s all love … one Wildcat to another,” Sproles said.

Well, before the game I said the Kansas City special teams units would have to bring their “A” game to keep Sproles in check on returns.  His longest return was 18 yards, so I consider that mission accomplished.  Unfortunately, the defense didn’t get the memo about Sproles’ explosiveness.  The former Wildcat totaled 99 yards on offense, including making McGraw look silly on his 58-yard touchdown catch and run.

Sproles sure would look good in a Chiefs uniform next season.

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