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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.

Five Observations from Day Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey 1 of Chiefs Rookie Minicamp

The Chiefs took the field Saturday afternoon

The Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie minicamp kicked off Saturday morning with 68 players taking the field for the first of three practices over the next three days.

“It’s a great opportunity for these guys,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained of this group, which consists of all six of the Chiefs’ draft picks, plus the 14 undrafted free agents who have already signed with the team, and then a number of tryout players. “They’ll get a lot of good individual work and they have an opportunity—that’s the best thing I can tell you.

“They have opportunity to play in the National Football League, which about less than 1 percent of people have an opportunity to do.”

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The players have meetings in the mornings and then a walkthrough before lunch each day, and then they’ll practice each afternoon for a couple of hours. While the physical part of it is important, the amount of information being thrown at these guys in a short amount of time is perhaps the biggest area these guys can impress coaches.

“We’re asking them to learn a new language in a day,” Reid added. “So, you have to have a little bit of patience, more than you’d have with the normal crew. Then just watch these guys move around and see who can retain some of the points that we throw at them and then still execute.”

Last year, the Chiefs ended up signing six of the players who were at the minicamp on a “tryout” basis.

“We don’t favor any position,” Reid explained. “Whether you’re drafted or undrafted, we just have you come out and we’re going to coach the dog out of you. They’ll be watched every play. They’ll be evaluated and graded on every play.”

For Reid, who h Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey as often spoken of his affinity for being more of a teacher than a coach, the opportunity to take players from a blank slate and try and get them on the same page in a short amount of time is a fun deal.

Any time I can get out here, I’m loving every minute of it,” Reid smiled. “This is what it’s all about. Opportunity in the classroom, opportunity to teach. Our coaches get excited about it. We have a couple of coaches here now that we’ve been coaching for a couple of years and I love seeing the enthusiasm in everybody. I think the players feel that. You may have some grey hairs but you’re going to bring it every day.”

Here are five other observations from the Chiefs’ first day of rookie minicamp:

1.     Breeland Speaks confident in his ability to grasp the playbook

The Chiefs traded up to the 45thpick in the second round of the draft last week to select Speaks—the Ole Miss pass-rushing chess piece who was used all over the Rebels’ defensive front.

While there always needs to be the disclaimer that the guys are in shorts and there can’t be any contact, it was hard not to notice Speaks coming off the edge in team drills on Saturday.

There were a few plays in which he blew up the play and had the quarterback running from the pocket and tossing the ball away—also deflecting a pass from back in the backfield late in practice. He was playing with some energy as well—consistently running around and letting the offense know who was winning each battle. It stood out.

It doesn’t mean anything other than it’s a good start. It’s better to see him make plays than for him not to stand out, and he definitely stood out.

Earlier in the day during his media availability, Speaks spoke about getting the Chiefs’ playbook for the first time.

“My first reaction—I could do this,” he said. “I looked at a few defenses that we install for the day and pretty much went over those and know those by heart already. Feeling pretty good about the playbook so far.”

2.     Speaks and his new roommate—Dorian O’Daniel—are meshing well

During media availability, O’Daniel—the Chiefs’ third-round pick (No. 100 overall) out of Clemson—spoke about being one of the five defensive players taken in this draft.

“I think it’s a credit to Kansas City for drafting the right kind of guys,” O’Daniel said. “Me and Breeland (Speaks), we’re rooming together and sitting in that hotel room we’re like, ‘Alright, what’s your deal? Who are you? What are you about? I think that’s the way it should be with teammates, bringing in a group of rookies that are all defensive.

“We have to stick together and we have to form a relationship because if we form a relationship off the field, it will definitely show on the field and being able to communicate. Even today, me and Breeland being able to communicate because we’re on the same side on some plays. Just having that chemistry off the field definitely will translate well.”

O’Daniel quickly endeared himself to all Kansas Citians during his presser:

He can stay.

3.     UDFA tight end Blake Mack had a phenomenal catch

Again, they are in shorts and all that, but if there’s a player offensively that made more plays than anyone else, that might have been undrafted rookie free agent tight end Blake Mack out of Arkansas State.

After taking several short crossers across the middle and displaying the athleticism that made him a First-Team All-Sun Belt player last year with 48 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns, not to mention a scouting report note from Lance Zierlein at NFL.com that read that Mack has “exciting athletic ability and can be extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands,” he went up and high-pointed a pass from quarterback Chase Litton for a Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey fantastic catch down the middle of the field.

4.     Michigan’s Channing Stribling makes nice interception along the sideline

On back-to-back plays, Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling (6’1”, 188 pounds), who is at minicamp on a tryout basis, made plays.

On the first, Stribling read the out-route and made a fantastic toe-tapping Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey interception along the left sideline.

And on the very next play, Stribling made another play and took it the other way for a defensive touchdown.

– Late in practice, Villanova defensive back Malik Reaves also made a fantastic diving interception on a deflected pass across the middle.

5.     One of Eric Berry’s younger brothers, Elliott, is participating this weekend

You can’t have too many Berry’s on the field if you’re the Chiefs, and there was another one there this weekend as Elliott Berry—the 5’11”, 204-pound defensive back who, like his brother, played at Tennessee—was out on the field playing safety in a No. 30 jersey.

Other random notes:

–       The weather was perfect.

–       Reid spoke about Derrick Johnson signing with the Raiders:

“I think it’s great that Derrick has a chance. Derrick is one of my favorite players that I’ve ever coached since I’ve been coaching. Every day he came out like he was 20 and I’ve said that before. The Raiders are Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey getting a great person, a phenomenal person and leader, and all those things. I mean just tremendous. I wish him the best. I texted him that I wish him the best except for about two games, other than that I’m good.”

What We Learned from Andy Reid a Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey nd the Chiefs’ Rookies on Saturday

Head Coach Andy Reid 

OPENING STATEMENT: “We’re glad to be back out here. We’ve got the rookies here, a couple select veterans – they’re considered rookies, but they were with us for part of the time last year. We’ll put them through practices, we had a walkthrough this morning, we’ll do our practice this afternoon. They’re able to put helmets on and their jerseys, no pads. It’s a great opportunity for these guys. We’ve got a full team both offensively, defensively and special teams. So they’ll get a lot of good work, good individual work and they have an opportunity. That’s the best thing I can tell you. An opportunity to play in the National Football League, which about less than 1 percent of people have an opportunity to do.”

Q: From your perspective what makes this a successful three days, other than nobody getting hurt?

REID: “Surely you don’t want anybody to get hurt. You’d like them to be able to get out of the huddle and run the play that is called because it’s new. We’re asking them to learn a new language in a day. So you have to have a little bit of patience, more than you’d have with the normal crew. Then just watch them move around and who can retain some of the points that we throw at them and then still execute them.”

Q: Is it a relief to see the guys you drafted on your own practice field and get that confirmation that they are who you thought?

REID: “Absolutely. It gives them a step to see who we are too on the other side of it. It’s a win-win that way. We don’t favor any position, whether you’re drafted or undrafted, we just have you come out and we’re going to coach the dog out of you if you’re here and then watch you. They’ll be watched every play. They’ll be evaluated, graded every play. Every guy will be and we tape all of the practices.”

Q: You and Brett Veach mentioned the physical size of some of the guys like Derrick Nnadi and Kahlil McKenzie. From what you’ve seen this morning how do they look physically and how impressive are they being here?

REID: “Those two have good size, big kids. A couple of them aren’t necessarily as tall as you might think but they’re tall enough, but stout. In today’s world lean body mass means something and these guys have everything that kind of fits into the standards that Brett has for that. That’s a positive. That’s a start. So now we get to see them move around a little bit, which is the most important thing, more so than just looking at them.”

Q: Besides the walkthrough and the practice what does a typical day look like for these guys?

REID: “This format is exactly like it will be for the vets when they come in for their minicamp. They got here early, we had meetings this Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey  morning. Now they come out they do their walkthrough. They’ll go back for lunch. Then they’ll come out for a special teams practice, the specialists will come out. Then we’ll start our practice. There will be a special teams period within the practice, just like you guys normally see during the year. It will be an afternoon practice, will last a couple of hours and then they’re out of here. They leave the field, go into meetings again and then they go sleep.”

Q: You’ve got some new faces on the coaching staff, some guys in some new roles. Is this minicamp kind of their introduction too?

REID: “We’ve had a little bit of lead up with Phase 1 and then we’re a week into Phase 2. Phase 2 we can actually get the guys on the field and coach them even though there’s no offense versus defense. I guess you’d say this is the first time they’ve coached somebody with a helmet on and that’s a plus. You can work out some of the kinks and things. So far so good. The walkthrough went well and I’m expecting the practice to go well this afternoon.”

Q: Kahlil McKenzie, his dad obviously played pro football. When a guy whose dad played pro sports walks in the door do they have any advantage over the other guys?

REID: “He grew up in a locker room so he’s not going to be intimidated by anything that he sees. He’s got an uncle, Reggie’s twin, that also played in the league. He probably played longer than Reggie did and he played center. So he grew up around this. A family deal. He’s got a little brother that’s a good football player too. I don’t think he’s going to be intimidated by anything. I think it’s just a matter of getting him learning and working. No matter where you come from you have to work. That will be all the fellas here – their challenge – they’ve got to get out here and crank it.”

Q: We’ve talked a little bit about this with Patrick Mahomes before but how does that help a guy, just generally speaking, having that background of being in a locker room?

REID: “It’s good. They can see that everybody dresses the same way. Doesn’t matter if you’re a first-round pick or second-round pick in our case, or if you’re a free agent. It really doesn’t matter. You go about your business the same way and it’s what you do on the field. We’re going to teach you the same way. The one nice thing is the guys that are coming back for Phase 2 in a week, they will have had an introduction to what we do. So that’s very important. You don’t want to throw them in with the veterans not knowing anything. It can be a bit chaotic for them, but this will at least give them an opportunity to go back and review after these couple days and then when they get back with the full group they’ll be able to move around a little bit.”

Q: How important is it that you teach these young guys how you want things done?

REID: “That’s what we do. You come in the building, it doesn’t matter if you’re coming from college or pros, we’re going to ask you to do certain things. We don’t have a ton of rules but we’re going to ask you to do certain things and we expect you to do it. I don’t know if that is a culture – I’m not sure what that is – but that’s how we roll and the guys have been pretty good with it. The veteran players believe in it most of all. So if somebody comes in and they’re a little off, they’re going to kind of kick them back into gear.”

Q: Do you have a reaction to Derrick Johnson signing with Oakland?

REID: “I think it’s great that Derrick has a chance. Derrick is one of my most favorite players that I have ever coached since I’ve been coaching. Every day he came out like he was 20 and I’ve said that before. The Raiders are getting a great person, a phenomenal person and leader and all those things, I mean just tremendous. I wish him the best. I texted him I wish him the best except for about two games, other than that I’m good.”

Q: Could he come back here as a coach one day?

REID: “Well I told him that if he decides he wants to go in that direction, I’m going to be hard on him. Probably harder on him than when he was a player. But he can come back, absolutely.”

Q: These guys have to go away for a week, then they can come back?

REID: “Then they can come back, yeah. Mother’s Day will be travel day for them, then they’ll be able to start that week.”

Q: In past years you had some draft picks that couldn’t participate until a little later – none of those guys this year, right?

REID: “Yeah, we’re good with all that.”

Q: With so many guys starting from scratch this week, is this exciting for you, kind of fun for you to start from scratch?

REID: “Yeah. Anytime I can get out here, I’m loving every minute of it. This is what it’s all about. Opportunity in the classroom, opportunity to teach. Our coaches get excited about it. We have a couple of coaches here now that we’ve been coaching for a couple of years and I love seeing the enthusiasm in everybody. I think the players feel that. You may have some gray hairs but you’re going to bring it every day. That’s important.”

Q: Has there been a guy through the years that showed up during rookie minicamp that you really thought they had something when you got to see them on the field?

REID: “Albert Wilson just made about $8 million and he was one of those guys that we all got to see. I would tell you that there are a few guys that have come in and you weren’t sure what they had, then they come out and they just keep getting better and better and showing, I guess is the word you would use. They catch your attention. You invite them to the next phase and the next phase and eventually they make the team for you. But I would tell you most recently, somebody would be Albert (Wilson).”

Linebacker Breeland Speaks

Q: What expectations do you have for yourself for this weekend?

SPEAKS: “Basically get down whatever they have for us. They’ve got a few defenses in and I just want to make sure I own those and be productive with that during camp.”

Q: What was your first reaction looking at the playbook?

SPEAKS: “I did get the playbook and my first reaction had to be, I could do this. I looked at a few defenses that we install for the day and pretty much went over those and know those by heart already. Feeling pretty good about the playbook so far.”

Q: Move you around a little on third-down compared to second-down to outside or inside?

SPEAKS: “Right now, outside linebacker. That’s where we’re headed. I think as more time goes we’ll get some different stuff and sub-packages but for right now I’m just at the outside linebacker spot.”

Q: What’s it been like getting here and checking everything out?

SPEAKS: “It’s been fun. I think yesterday we came in on the other side of the Royals stadium so I finally got to see what that looked like, it’s pretty big. But I’m getting used to it. I’m loving the whole layout of the city, love the people here. Just taking every day, day-by-day. So far I’m loving the scenery, loving coming to work already so let’s just keep it going.”

Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi 

Q: What expectations do you have for yourself in this camp?

NNADI: “Honestly, my expectation is to do the best I can to the best of my abilities. Help out my teammates with anything they need and learn the system as fast as I can and produce.”

Q: How much pride do you take in run stuffing?

NNADI: “When it comes to stopping the run, I take it as my bread and butter. I take a lot of pride in that. It comes with a lot of technique. When it comes to pass rushing, that is something I am still working to improve on so I can be a good overall defensive player.”

Q: What is the biggest difference from college to now?

NNADI: “Playing wise, there is just a lot more experience across the board. In a sense it’s a lot less strict because everyone knows what they are doing. You don’t have to be on their shoulder saying, ‘Be careful of this, be careful of this, be careful of that.’ Everyone knows what kind of things they have to do, the techniques they have to do. Everything is like this is what we have to do and just get it done and say no more.”

Q: What is it like to be a part of this unique draft class that is primarily defense?

NNADI: “Honestly, I am grateful that they selected me to be part of this organization. How I see it, as a defense, we have work to do. They drafted me for a reason, to be here for a reason to improve the defense. All the defensive players that got drafted, we kind of clicked as soon as we met each other. That just adds to the bond since we are already cool with each other we can really better ourselves that much more.”

Q: Did you talk to any of the guys before today started?

NNADI: “Yeah, I met Kahlil McKenzie at the combine. When I got here I met up with Chris Jones. He was pretty much just telling me I have a great opportunity here and it is up to me to really take hold of it.”

Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel

Q: At Clemson you’re used to big-time football. What’s been the Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey differences you’ve been told about the NFL?

O’DANIEL: “Obviously going to be a transition, going to take some getting used to. The speed of the game, coaching, but I think Clemson definitely prepared me for this opportunity going forward because I’ve been in situations, big games, bright lights. I’ve faced adversity at the highest level and I’m thankful for the coaching staff at Clemson for preparing me to get to this point because right now a lot of the things I’m hearing in meetings are very similar to what I heard at Clemson so that’s very encouraging.”

Q: Draft night was special because of your relationship with Kendall Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey (Fuller) – how much have you guys communicated about starting anew together?

O’DANIEL: “Very comfortable. He’s been able to keep it real with me and just keep it very transparent. We’re excited, obviously being together in high school and playing at a high level together, I hope it translates well here. He hit me up yesterday on FaceTime asking how the first meetings went, everything like that. He’s not here right now but he said he’ll be here on Monday. So he said he’ll be able to be out there and see us in action. Just having a guy that I’m familiar with and being able to work with him and continue to compete and be great.”

Q: How do you try to have a bond knowing that five defensive players were taken in your draft class?

O’DANIEL: “I think it’s a credit to Kansas City for drafting the right kind of guys. Me and Breeland (Speaks) we’re rooming together and sitting in that hotel room we’re like alright, ‘What’s your deal? Who are you? What are you about?’ I think that’s the way it should be with teammates. Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Bringing in a group of rookies that are all defensive we have to stick together and we have to form a relationship. Because if we form a relationship off the field it will definitely show on the field and being able to communicate. Even today, me and Breeland being able to communicate because we’re on the same side on some plays. So just having that chemistry off the field definitely will translate well.”