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A roundup of what the Chiefs have been up to on social media

It was another busy week for the Kansas City Chiefs on social media, from honoring our nation’s veterans on Memorial Day to enjoying the NBA playof Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey fs.

Here’s a look at what the Chiefs were up to on social media over the last Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey few days.

Several players took to social media in order to honor our veterans on Memorial Day

Offensive linemen Mitchell Schwartz and Mitch Morse celebrated the holiday by participating in a charity run

Speaking of offensive linemen, guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif graduated from medical school

And while they may be professional athletes themselves, the Chiefs are just fans when it comes to watching the NBA playoffs

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The multi-talented offensive lineman completed an eight-year journey on Tuesday

It has been a long journey for Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has spent the past eight years – four of which while Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey playing in the NFL – as a medical student at McGill University in his native Montreal.

As of May 29, he’s Doctor Duvernay-Tardif.

The former sixth-round pick, who has started 38 games for Kansas City over the last four seasons, discussed the accomplishment with ESPN.com.

“It’s been eight years that I’ve b Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey een working for that moment,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “Since the day I got drafted, I promised myself I was going to finish my studies and get that M.D. while I was still playing. It’s one of those life projects that you promise yourself you’re going to accomplish, and I’m on the verge of doing it, so I’m pretty excited.”

Though after graduation, it’s back to football for the foreseeable future.

“Right now, football is my main priority,” Duvernay-Tardif told ESPN. “I want to focus and see how good I can be. I’m putting medicine on hold in order to really maximize my opportunity in the NFL. I love playing football.”

He’s made the most of that opportunity so far, allowing just two sacks over the past two seasons according to Pro Football Focu Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey s.

If that wasn’t enough, Duvernay-Tardif even tried his hand at reporting this offseason as a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation in PyeongChang, South Korea, covering the Winter Olympic Games.

And now after eight years of rigorous study, Doctor Duvernay-Tardif can add yet another accomplishment to his ever-growing resume.

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A rushing title already in the books, Hunt is eyeing even bigger things in 2018

The laundry list of accomplishments tallied by Kansas City Chiefs’ tailback Kareem Hunt over the course of his rookie campaign is long and well-documented.

The 22-year-old amassed more yards from scrimmage in his professional debut than any player in NFL history, landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated a few weeks later and finished the season as just the sixth rookie in league history to earn the rushing title.

It was a remarkable season for any player – let alone a rookie – and now a year later, Hunt can put aside the worries associated with a young player trying to break into the league and focus on improving his craft.

“You don’t have to stress about what team you’re going to and deal with interviews like 12 times a day (this time around),” said Hunt, recalling the process leading up to the draft last offseason. “Now, you just have to go out there and play footba Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ll and try to make yourself better than you were last year.”

There’s a certain challenge associated with improving on such a strong initial season in the league, though it’s not unch Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey arted territory. In fact, three of the five previous players to lead the NFL in rushing as rookies – Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell – went on to defend their rushing crown the following year.

But Hunt’s attention wasn’t just on running the ball as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) began last week.

“I’m just working on my game all around,” said Hunt following OTAs on Thursday. “(One thing I’m doing is) I’m catching the ball more and running a lot more routes.”

Hunt is no stranger to catching the ball, hauling in 53 receptions for 455 yards last season, though it has been a point of emphasis as he looks to become a better comprehensive offensive player heading into his sophomore season.

“I like it. It gives me the opportunity to get the ball in open space and Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  make people miss,” Hunt said. “The toughest part is just making the play – being able to lock in on the ball – and to make something happen after.”

The individual getting Hunt the ball, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is another point of excitement for the young tailback. The two players were members of the same draft class and are separated by just over a month in age.

“Patrick and I have a great bond,” Hunt said. “I feel like he is going to do great. He definitely already has that leader role and he’s able to go out there and make big plays. I’m excited to see him get out there.”

And as the season inches closer by the day, the two players share a common goal.

“Definitely just getting a ring,” Hunt said. “We came up short in the Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey playoffs again and I’m just trying to go out there and do whatever I can to get better and to help the team get past that.”

Chiefs Continue Tweaking and Building Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 Offense Around Patrick Mahomes

It’s a crucial time for development for the young signal-caller

At first glance, the fact that a couple of times over the course of just five plays at a recent Kansas City Chiefs’ OTA practice resulted in a defensive player jumping offsides could go unnoticed to many.

It might go unnoticed, but it shouldn’t.

Now, this isn’t necessarily the time of year that people should be applauding and fawning over some small minutiae of the game. It’s more the time of year that fans should get excited about something like watching Sammy Watkins catching passes one-handed all over the field, although that’s been an occurrence on multiple occasions as well.

The reason people should care is that it shows Patrick Mahomes is developing within this offense.

He has a firm grasp of playing the position, and not that it’s been without it’s learning moments—those are there too, but the fact that he’s mentally processing a need to change-up his cadence, in May, to achieve those offsides penalties, means he’s thinking less about the obvious things and more on the small details of the game.

It’s a change from last year when he was simply trying to spit out the play call.

“You can focus on more things now that you’re comfortable calling the play,” Mahomes explained of his comfortability here in his second year. “Now that I’m comfortable calling the play, I can focus on the snap count, the man-zone IDs, and focus on what makes this offense so good.

“So, for me being in year two, I feel a lot more comfortable with that.”

A wise coach once said there’s no such thing as a small detail and maybe it’s overblowing is at this juncture, but it shows just how far Mahomes has come over the past year.

“He’s phenomenal. He’s got great leadership. He loves playing. He’s absorbing everything, and now he’s just got to do it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid recently explained of his uber-talented second-year quarterback. “He’s got to just go practice and work through it and massage each play and see how it works against these different coverages.”

Part of the development process for Mahomes at OTAs this year is for him to Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey get out there and test his limits—test his ability to make certain throws against certain coverages.

It’s the best time for him to learn what he can and can’t get away with at the NFL level, and perhaps more importantly in regards to that development and the learning process, he now has a chance to get most of the reps as he’s entrenched as the starter. He has the reps and opportunities to test all of those things.

“I want him to be exposed to things,” Reid explained. “Then you work with Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  it and put your personality on it—try to find the things that he’s best at. We worked the offense around Alex [Smith] and built it around him, and now it’s this kid’s turn and you have to kind of feel that part out. He’s going to keep firing and that’s all we want.

“It’s a great time for learning. That’s what this is all about right here.”

“If you want to make mistakes you make them now,” Mahomes added. “You don’t want to make those mistakes in the game, so we throw a lot now so when we get to the game it’s a lot easier.”

The process of developing this offense around Mahomes’ strengths is one that Reid has been working on all offseason. He even has a little notebook full of notes on what Mahomes did best in college at Texas Tech, where he threw for more than 9,700 yards with 77 touchdowns to just 25 interceptions in his last two years.

“We didn’t necessarily work on that together but I can definitely see with some of the plays coming in that they have a lot of similar concepts to the plays I did really well with (at Texas Tech),” Mahomes smiled.

“I think it started last year. I think he got a feel, particularly with that (Week 17) game against Denver, for the plays I felt good about. That’s carried over to this year when we got to start meeting during OTAs. We’re still adding as we go here and I think we’ve already seen some success there. It’s been really good.”

The fluidity of the Chiefs’ offensive playbook isn’t new to this year. It’s been a staple of Reid’s genius over the course of his illustrious career—being known and praised as a coach who always finds ways to highlight his guys’ strengths, while also consistently scheming up mismatches into their favor.

“If you go in coach Reid’s offense, there’s like a thousand plays drawn up everywhere,” Mahomes laughed. “There are sticky notes and whiteboards everywhere. He has plays everywhere and he’s always trying to add more. I’ll try and bring stuff to him too—things I see from other teams and things that I like.

“We have open conversation. If there’s something that one of us is disagreeing on we try to get out here and we see about it, and if it works we’ll keep it in, and if not, we’ll throw it away and hold off on it.”

The trial and error aspect of offseason workouts and how they’re approaching these practices in regards to Mahomes is necessary for a young quarterback, particularly one with the arm talent he possesses.

It’s undeniable.

And it’s also not possible for anyone to reach their full potential in anything if they’re not constantly pushing beyond what they believe they’re capable of doing.

It’s necessary for growth—something Mahomes has consistently shown since he first stepped on the field at rookie minicamp last year.

“As a rookie, you come in and work hard and try to keep your head down,” he noted. “You try and prove to the team that you’re trying to do what’s best for them, and as you gain some of that respect as you go further into your career, you start talking more and people can really respect what you’re saying because it’s in the best interest of the team.”

And wha Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey t has been in the best interest of the Chiefs so far this offseason is letting their young quarterback test the limits of what’s possible, while also developing a playbook full of proven plays that have put these talented skill position players surrounding Mahomes in the best position for success.

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Houston is healthy and ready to attack the 2018 season

There’s little debate that when Kansas City Chiefs’ outside linebacker Justin Houston is healthy, he’s one of the very best at getting after the passer in the National Football League.

That was certainly on display at times last season, as the seven-year veteran tallied 9.5 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries and 16 tackles-for-loss in 15 games of action. His five sacks in the fourth quarter were tied for the fourth-most in the NFL.

And now, a full year removed from rehabbing a knee injury that shortened his 2016 campaign to just five games, Houston is ready attack the upcoming Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey season.

“I’m in great health,” said Houston following Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Thursday. “I finished the season with no injuries last year and I was able to just focus on myself and not an injury, so that was a plus.”

Indeed, Houston is in the midst of a standard offseason in which he can focus on his craft. That includes working with Outside Linebackers’ Coach Mike Smith, who was promoted to the newly created position this offseason.

“I think it is great just to have an outside linebackers’ coach,” Houston said. “There’s so much we get to do now just focusing on ourselves and the little things we need to work on. I think last year, we had a lot going on. You have to coach a lot of guys inside and out.”

In the past, one linebackers’ coach handled the entire group. This season, Smith will work with the outside linebackers while Mark DeLeone coaches the inside.

“It’s hard to (coach the whole group) in the little bit of time you have,” Houston said. “Now you have a separate coach, we can just focus on one thing, and th Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey at’s us.”

Houston is also looking forward to playing with safety Eric Berry next season as the All-Pro defensive back returns from an Achilles injury suffered in the 2017 season-opener. The two veterans haven’t played alongside one another for over half of Kansas City’s games in a season since 2015.

“I just pray we both stay healthy. It has been awhile since we both had a Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey healthy, complete season,” Houston said. “That’s what I would like to see from both of us, for us to be healthy all year.”

It’s certainly compelling to see both players once again sharing the field, as the Chiefs are 22-12 when the duo suits up together s Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ince 2013, though Houston had his sights set on something else as the first round of OTAs wrapped up on Thursday.

“We have a bigger goal in mind, so we don’t get too excited about this right here,” Houston said. “This is part of the phase. It is something we have to go through to help build to where we want to go.”

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A look at our content on Chiefs.com over the past week

Monday

The son of a Major League pitcher and a former college baseball player Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey himself, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes returned to the mound last week to throw out the first pitch at a Royals’ game.

Social Recap: Patrick Mahomes Returns to the Baseball Diamond for a Night

Tuesday

The season continues to inch closer by the day as the first round of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) got underway on Tuesday. In anticipation of the three-day practice period, we continued to preview the competition at a handful of position groups.

Quarterback: Chiefs Offseason Workouts Preview: Checking Out the Quarterbacks

Defensive Line: Chiefs Offseason Workouts Preview: Checking Out the Defensive Line

Tight End: Chiefs Offseason Workouts Preview: Checking Out the Tight Ends

Specialists: Chiefs Offseason Workouts Preview: Checking Out the Specialists

Wednesday

The league meetings took place in Atlanta last week, where NFL owners adopted two new rules for the 2018 season. One of those rules is going to be obvious Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey to everyone from the very first kick of the game, as there will be a major change to how kickoffs look in the NFL next season.

NFL Adopts New Rules for 2018, Including Changes to Kickoff

Thursday

Chiefs’ Hea Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey d Coach Andy Reid and a handful of players spoke to the media on Thursday following OTAs. Before answering questions, Reid pr Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ovided an update on the three players held back from the practices due to injuries.

Chiefs Injury Update: Three Players Held Back from Organized Team Activities

For a full transcript from Reid’s presser, click here. And for see what safety Eric Berry, linebacker Justin Houston, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tailback Kareem Hunt had to say following practice, click here.

There was plenty to be excited about throughout the first round of practices, including the flashes of talent from Chiefs’ second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Chiefs’ News and Notes: Five Observations from Thursday’s Practice

Last year, Patrick Mahomes, who was fresh off becoming the Chiefs’ first quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in more than 30 years, spent his time at OTAs learning from Alex Smith and trying to understand the verbiage of the play calls.

It started with learning the protections and how to adjust, then reading the defense and how the routes changed with what the defense was showing, and many of the other “big picture” things that go along with playing quarterback in this offense.

And on Thursday afternoon, which featured both sides of Mahomes—the arm talent, and also the development that’ll come, there were a handful of small things that showed his comfortability in the offense.

“He’s way ahead of what he was last year at this time,” Reid said. “He worked hard last year and was in a great room.”

For more observations from OTAs, click here.

Friday

Another source of excitement from the practice period was the presence of safety Eric Berry, who missed almost all of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Eric Berry Returns, Shares Interesting Comparison on Chiefs’ Defensive Attitude

As one would expect from a guy like Berry, he doesn’t have a waiting period to dispense the info he’s attained throughout his career to the younger guys

“I’m dedicated to this team and if you’re a part of this team, I’m dedicated to you,” Berry added. “That’s just how I roll…I know my teammates are dependent on me and I’m dependent on them. It’s more of an accountability thing just to handle my business and make sure I’m ready to go just to make sure we can all do what we came here to do.”

Check out the rest of the story here.

Off the field, 10-year-old cancer survivor Alex Goodwin toured Arrowhead Stadium earlier this week. The University of Kansas Health System was the only place in the world that told Alex, a native of the United Kingdom, that they could help him beat a Ewing’s sarcoma diagnosis two years ago.

A Family Who Credits Kansas City with Saving Their Son’s Life Visits Arrowhead

You see, Alex, a native of the United Kingdom, was told he was going to die. There was nothing the doctors could do after a six-month misdiagnosis revealed itself as Ewing’s sarcoma.

“He had just turned nine,” Jeff explained. “And they told us that he wouldn’t make it to 10.”

An incredibly rare condition, Ewing’s sarcoma affects less than 300 children in the United States – and less than 30 in Britain – each year. Its scarcity means that treatment is underfunded and, such as it is in the U.K., very difficult to find. 

That lack of services compounded with Alex’s late diagnosis meant the odds of survival were virtually nonexistent.

It was a reality that Jeff, a police officer, was simply not going to accept. And as fate would have it, a tragedy a world away was going to lead his family to the only place capable of pulling off the seemingly impossible.

Read the rest of Alex’s improbable journey here.

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There’s just something about the way that Kansas City Chiefs veteran safety Eric Berry speaks that has the words he uses, which when uttered by most anyone else just don’t carry the same weight, force you to stand up and pay attention.

Maybe it’s because it’s coming from a man who beat cancer and returned to an All-Pro level in less than a year, or because he’s established himself as one of the NFL’s premier players in spite of everything he’s had to overcome, which also includes a missed season because of a torn ACL suffered early in 2011.

But in any case, when Berry speaks, people listen, and the words are taken to heart.

So, when asked about the moves made this offseason by Chiefs’ general manager Brett Veach, who has routinely spoken of adding defensive guys with a certain attitude or an edge to their game, Berry was adamantly on board.

“My defensive backs’ coach is Emmitt Thomas, and he played in some of the greatest games that were ever played here,” Berry explained of Thomas—the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive backs’ coach and Chiefs’ legend who still holds the franchise record for most career interceptions (58). “So, there’s a lot of history—a lot of tradition. He was on a great defense and he tells me about his teammate Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey s, and he had some tough cats on his te Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey ams back then.

“And just talking about that edge about the guys they brought in (this offseason), and we can’t really compare ourselves to the guys back then, but that edge you see when you watch those old highlights of the Chiefs, I think some of these guys have that.”

Now, the Chiefs’ 1969 Super Bowl Championship defense, which included Thomas and four other Pro Football Hall of Famers in Curley Culp, Buck Buchanan, Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell, allowed an average of just 11.6 points per game over their 17 games that season, including just 20 points total in the three playoff games, which still sits as the third-fewest ever allowed by a Super Bowl participant (1985 Bears-10 points, 1971 Cowboys-18 points).

They are one of the greatest defenses in NFL history and a group that’s largely underrated and not even close to being mentioned enough in that Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey conversation.

So, Berry’s statement regarding the attitude of the new guys brought over was a big one, and those words mean something—even though it wasn’t a comparison of talent between the teams, which wouldn’t be fair.

These guys here haven’t even thrown on pads and got to real football yet, but there’s still weight behind the words because of who said it and in the context of talking with a legend like Thomas, who could speak about those guys from experience.

This offseason, the Chiefs brought in standout cornerback Kendall Fuller in a trade with the Washington Redskins that sent over quarterback Alex Smith, which also netted them a third-round pick, which they used to trade up and take Ole Miss pass-rushing chess piece Breeland Speaks, who definitely has that edge.

They also signed two of the top run-stuffing defensive players available in free agency at their respective positions in linebacker Anthony Hitchens and defensive lineman Xavier Williams.

The selections in the draft after Speaks fit this mold as well, highlighted by Florida State run-stuffing defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, who was taken with their second pick and called one of the most physically-imposing trench guys available in this draft.

“If they’re here, I know they can play,” Berry explained of working with the new guys and his impressions. “I know that they have talent and I’ve seen (fourth-round pick) Armani (Watts) play back at Texas A&M because they played against Tennessee (his alma mater and where his brothers were both Seniors last year).

“I was actually at the game so I’m very excited about that. And right now, we just want to win.”

“We know we’re going to put in the work and put in the time,” Berry added of being out there working at OTAs. “But just seeing the faces and seeing the enthusiasm, some days you might not be feeling it but if you look across the ball and see (Patrick Mahomes), (Kareem Hunt) or (Tyreek Hill), they’ve got a lot of energy and they’re coming in and they’re bringing it, and vice versa.

“If we are bringing it and they’re not really up to it at the moment, we just feed off each other and just push through it.”

The individual impact of having Berry himself back on the field shouldn’t be lost either.

Since 2013, the Chiefs are 38-16 when Berry is on the field and just 15-11 when he’s not out there, which included all but one game last season after he went down for the season because of an Achilles injury suffered late in the Week 1 win over the New England Patriots.

Berry has earned a Pro Bowl berth every healthy year of his career.

“It’s great to have him out here,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of getting him back on the field for OTAs. “He’s one of our leaders. It’s great to have him healthy. He’s flying around doing a great job.”

Berry, who added that he’s healthy and feeling good, said having to watch last year wasn’t easy, but that he found other ways to help.

“You can make an impact even when you’re not playing,” Berry explained. “You can still be in-tune to the game plan and in-tune to the situations that are happening. I have a lot of experience now, this is my ninth year. There are a lot of guys that are younger than me that can learn from what I know.

“So, even with the young guys, I just keep spilling in knowledge to them because I know it’s going to help us as a team.”

As one would expect from a guy like Berry, he doesn’t have a waiting period to dispense the info he’s attained throughout his career to the younger guys

“I’m dedicated to this team and if you’re a part of this team, I’m dedicated to you,” Berry added. “That’s just how I roll…I know my teammates are dependent on me and I’m dependent on them. It’s more of an accountability thing just to handle my business and make sure I’m ready to go just to make sure we can all do what we came here to do.”

The moves they made and getting a talent back like Berry, as well as edge rusher Dee Ford, who missed most of last season because of a back injury, should help propel this group forward.

“We need to have our best season as a defensive unit,” Berry concluded. “We need to go out there and have fun, create turnovers, and make stops—just play good defense.”

A Family Who Credits Kansas Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 City with Saving Their Son’s Life Visits Arrowhead

Ten-year-old Alex Goodwin, who traveled from a continent away to beat a death sentence, visited Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday

The wheels rolled down the concrete tunnel, inching a seated Alex Goodwin towards the sunbathed grass.

A swath of people followed close behind, including his father, Jeff, a pair of cheerleaders and the Mission Chief of Police, Ben Hadley, who had pushed Alex’s wheelchair through the Hall of Honor, the locker room and ultimately to this place, wh Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ere thousands so often greet the Kansas City Chiefs.

This was an unordinary tour of Arrowhead Stadium for a far from ordinary 10-year-old boy.

The cheerleaders formed a makeshift spirit tunnel for him to roll through out onto the field, a family friend pointed out the unique curvature of the stadium walls and a tour guide explained the vision of the late Lamar Hunt.

It was a perfect morning – and one that, as recently as two years ago, was never supposed to occur.

You see, Alex, a native of the United Kingdom, was told he was going to die. There was nothing the doctors could do after a six-month misdiagnosis revealed itself as Ewing’s sarcoma.

“He had just turned nine,” Jeff explained. “And they told us that he wouldn’t make it to 10.”

An incredibly rare condition, Ewing’s sarcoma affects less than 300 children in the United States – and less than 30 in Britain – each year. Its scarcity means that treatment is underfunded and, such as it is in the U.K., very difficult to find.

That lack of services compounded with Alex’s late diagnosis meant the odds of survival were virtually nonexistent.

It was a reality that Jeff, a police officer, was simply not going to accept. And as fate would have it, a tragedy a world away was going to lead his family to the only place capable of pulling off the seemingly impossible.

“I did as much research as I could and put the whole social media thing into motion,” Jeff explained. “And at that time, the police department in Kansas Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  City, Kansas, had two officers killed and their chief was looking for inspiration.”

The department was mourning the deaths of Police Detective Brad Lancaster and Captain Dave Melton, who passed away in May of 2016 while in the line of duty. It was that devastation that prompted Chief Terry Zeigler to seek out motivation online, where he eventually learned of a young boy in England fighting for his life.

One thing led to another, as Zeigler connected Jeff with a doctor at the University of Kansas Health System.

“We identified one of the only surgeons in the world that was capable of performing the process that Alex needed,” Jeff said. “And he was in Kansas City.”

Though the search for a surgeon was only the beginning. Now, Jeff and his family were tasked with transporting a sick child across the Atlantic Ocean to America’s heartland.

“It was a race against time because we needed to get him to America for surgery as quickly as possible,” Jeff said. “He was getting to a point where he had deteriorated so much that the airline wasn’t sure if they could transport him, and we didn’t have the money to pay for a medical transport.”

But the donations poured in – much of which came through Zeigler’s efforts – providing Alex with an opportunity to fight for his life. He amassed over 20,000 followers on Twitter and found himself inspiring countless others, including Hadley, who was also battling cancer.

“He has this ability to be very gentle and empathetic – he cares more about other people than he does himself,” Jeff said. “I think that’s why his message has resonated with so many people.”

Upon the Goodwin’s arrival in Kansas City, they witnessed that support firsthand.

“When we first arrived at the airport, we were greeted by a motorcade of about 70 different police vehicles who all came on their own time,” Jeff said. “It was one of those things that I’ll never forget.”

From there, the doctors at the University of Kansas Health System and su Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey rrounding hospitals got to work.

“We got him here, where he had chemotherapy and two big surgeries,” Jeff explained. “The cancer had spread all the way from the top of his femur into his pelvis and down to his knee. He had to have extensive surgery, which involved removing his femur completely in exchange for a metal one. He also had reconstructive surgery on his pelvis, his patella and his tibia.”

The surgery involved a telescopic prosthesis, which is a pair of big words for an artificial limb that can grow with Alex’s body through the use of magnets.

“He’s like Iron Man now,” Jeff joked.

The process, which consumed multiple trips back-and-fourth and an eventual eight-month stay stateside, was successful. Alex was rid of his death sentence.

And with the Goodwin’s new lease on life came an appreciation for the cultural pillars in what had essentially become their second home. That included football, which revealed itself as more than just a game during Alex’s fight.

“I prefer American football to soccer – our football – to be honest,” said Jeff, who played rugby growing up and had passed along his sporting interests to Alex. “In American football and rugby, the whole team needs to work and function as a team, or you won’t succeed. I can draw a lot of parallels from the game to Alex’s situation where there’s a team of people that helped him survive.”

It was a member of Alex’s team that happened to introduce the family to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“One of the doctors involved in Alex’s treatment is passionate about the Chiefs,” Jeff explained. “We actually all sat together and watched the match against the Denver Broncos last year together on television.”

It was moments like that, a friendly comradery over a common interest, that helped alleviate the stress associated with a boy fighting for his life. And with Ewing’s sarcoma, a disease as relentless as it is scarce, the fight was far from over.

“The statistical probability of it coming back is 70 percent in the first year,” Jeff said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the kids that he was in the hospital with in the U.K. have died now. They either couldn’t get the treatment and they passed away or it came back. We’re in a position now where the technology that we need to check it is in Kansas City.”

That means cross-Atlantic trips every three months for the critical scans needed to monitor Alex’s progress over the next year, and visits every four months for another four years after that.

It’s more than most could bear, though the Goodwin’s never felt as if they Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  were shouldering it alone.

“I’m overwhelmed by it,” Jeff said. “Even now, when I look back and I wonder how all that happened…even if you’re not a religious person, you can’t deny that the mosaic of everything that happened was almost as if some kind of divine intervention took place.”

Which brings us back to the Arrowhead grass on this summer afternoon, which just so happens to be the eve of Alex’s 11th birthday. The group took photos, learned about the stadium’s rich history and Alex even asked for some cotton candy.

For a few hours, he wasn’t a kid fighting for his life. He was just a kid.

“This is why we do this,” said Allison, one of the Cheerleaders present. Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey “It’s about bringing joy to other people.”

A certain joy that comes with celebrating a day many didn’t think was possible.

“This is the birthday that we never thought he would have,” Jeff said. “We never thought he’d reach tomorrow, and he gets to celebrate it here. Kansas City saved his life.”

For those interested in supporting Alex, his father’s book – with profits all benefiting his family – can be purchased here. There is also a GoFundMe campaign here.

Post-Draft NFL Power Ranking Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey s: Where Do the Chiefs Sit Now?

The people over at ESPN have put out their latest NFL Power Rankings

The Kansas City Chiefs just wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp and the folks over at ESPN decided to put out their latest NFL Power Rankings.

A few months ago, following the first wave of free agency, the Chiefs came in Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey at No. 14.

Now that we’re past the NFL Draft, which the Chiefs used five of their six Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey picks to bolster the young defensive talent on the roster, the Chiefs climbed a few spots into the Top 10.

Here’s what ESPN had to say about the Chiefs coming in at No. 10 this week:

“The Chiefs were 28th in total defense in 2017 — their worst finish since 2009 when they went 4-12 — Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey  which led to them becoming the first team in the common d Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey raft era (1967) to select only defensive players in a single draft.”

It’s important to note that Chiefs’ sixth-round pick Kahlil McKenzie, who Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey played defensive line at Tennessee, is making the transition to offensive line.

And while these rankings don’t really matter, it’s still interesting to see that the Chiefs climbed four spots following a draft dedicated to the defense.

The Chiefs, who have won the AFC West the last two years, also come in as the division’s top team.

The Los Angeles Chargers rank at No. 12, the Oakland Raiders at No. 19, and the Denver Broncos at No. 21.

Chiefs Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Announce Personnel Staff Promotions and Additions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach announced on Wednesday that the club has promoted seven members of the current personnel staff to new titles. Additionally the Chiefs have added two new members to the group.

Mike Borgonzi will now serve as the club’s Director of Football Operations, Chris Shea has been promoted to Football Operations Counsel and Personnel Executive and Ryan Poles has been elevated to Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Additiona Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey lly, Ryne Nutt is now the team’s Director of College Scouting, Trey Koziol will serve as a National Scout, Jason Lamb has been promoted to College and Pro Scout and Rob Francois’ new role will be as a National Football Scout.

“I’ve said from the beginning that I was fortunate to take this job with an incredibly talented staff already in place, a group  Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey that I was able to get to know very well over the last five years,” Veach said. “Throughout the year they continued to impress Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  me. Not only did they support me, but they exceeded my expectations and each of them have earned this next step in their careers. I’m excited to continue to watch each of them grow in their new roles.”

In addition to the club’s promotions, the team has added Mike Bradway as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Bradway enters his 11thNFL season after spending the previous 10 years with the Philadelphia Eagles in various personnel capacities. He most recently served as the Eagles Assistant Director of College Scouting. The club has also added Greg Castillo as a College Scouting Coordinator. Castillo s Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey erved most recently as a Scouting Intern with the New Orleans Saints. Prior to transitioning to personnel, he played safety for the  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey Chiefs during the 2013 preseason. The Mount Laurel, New Jersey, native, played collegiately at the University of Iowa.

“Mike and Greg will be great additions to our staff,” Veach said. “I have a lot of familiarity with Mike from our time together in Philadelphia. He’s got a great football mind and is a talented evaluator. Greg’s work ethic and attitude give him a really high ceiling in this profession and he’ll be an Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey asset to our department moving forward. Both of these guys will fit in seamlessly to our staff.”

Veach enters his second season as the General Manager with the Chiefs and his 12th year in the NFL. He is the seventh GM in team history, earning that title on July 10, 2017.

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