Chiefs Welcome Back Gary Green With HOF Honors

Gary Green Now & Then, as a high school head coach in San Antonio (L) and as a cornerback for the Chiefs (R).

As the participants at the NFL 101 Awards press conference walked to the dais Saturday afternoon, there was one face that I did not recognize. De’Anthony Thomas was there, introduced as the winner of the Mack Lee Hill Award as the team’s best rookie performer in the 2014 season. Sitting next to Thomas was Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and then there was this mystery man.

Hunt introduced the third person as the 2015 inductee to the Chiefs Hall of Fame – former cornerback Gary Green.

But the person in front of the room at the Westin Crown Center Hotel did not look like the Gary Green I remembered, last seen with the Chiefs at the end of the 1983 season when he knew his time with the franchise was short. It wasn’t until he opened his mouth and began to speak about the honor of being named the 45th member of the team’s HoF that his identity was confirmed. He has less hair, maybe carrying just a few more pounds, but he still has the same high-pitched voice, the same smile and still shows that glint in his eyes that made him a locker room favorite for seven years with the Chiefs.

Gary Green was back with the Chiefs. Now, that’s an unexpected headline. …Read More!

Teammates Honor Houston & DAT For Play In 2014

The annual NFL 101 Awards Banquet honors some of the best performances by players and coaches in the league from the 2014 season. That’s why Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, Pittsburgh’s duo of wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt and Arizona head coach Bruce Arians were in the house Saturday night at the Westin Crown Center Hotel.

It’s also the night the Chiefs announce their honors from last season: the Derrick Thomas Award as the team’s most valuable player went to outside linebacker Justin Houston, while the Mack Lee Hill Award for best rookie performance went to running back/receiver/returner De’Anthony Thomas.

Saturday night, Thomas was in the house for the event, but Houston was not. His absence is hardly a surprise given his current situation. Houston and everyone else in the NFL waits to see if the Chiefs tag the linebacker with the franchise player designation. They have until Monday to do that. For Houston, it would have been a long night of being asked what’s happening with his contract; reportedly he had a prior commitment. His original four-year contract with the team will officially end in 10 days when the new league year begins. …Read More!

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