A Potpourri of Once Chiefly Matters

In the past week, there’s been a lot of news and notes involving those who have departed Arrowhead Stadium, so we will attempt to catch up with some of those items.

Let’s start in Motown.

GUNTHER CALLS OUT JARED ALLEN

The Vikings and Lions play this Sunday and earlier in the week, DE Jared Allen appeared on a Minneapolis radio station where he pretty much verbally destroyed the city of Detroit.

“I don’t like going to Detroit,” Allen said. “I’ll be honest, it’s gloomy, it sucks. Everything is brown and then there is snow on the ground. There’s like Brownstones everywhere and I’m like, ‘Awesome.’ I couldn’t do it. If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but it’s just depressing when I go there. There’s two cities like I don’t go out to eat or don’t do anything. It’s Detroit and New Orleans. New Orleans looks like I’m driving through a third-world country every time I get off the plane, I’m like, ‘Oh, flak jacket.’ I’m trying to get down. I’m like, ‘Ah, crap, I can’t carry my gun here. This sucks’.”

Tact was never one of Jared’s qualities and we all know is not averse to saying something to cause a reaction. More than likely he was kidding around, but Gunther Cunningham didn’t see it that way. Gun snapped back at his former DE on Friday.

“He’s not good enough to live here,” Gunther said. “I know him well. He should go back to California, Los Gatos, where all those nice people live. This is too tough a town for him.

“I love the guy. He plays great and he has great quotes for you all and they’re good for the fans to read. If I were him, in some of the streets I’ve drive down – I made some wrong turns in town and I got stopped one day and I looked out the window and a bunch of people yelled ‘Hey Coach, how are you?’ I went out and signed autographs.

“Jared if you come to town, good luck. You’re not going to get to sign autographs.”

The teams play Sunday at Ford Field.

ANOTHER FORMER CHIEFS DEFENDER GONE

What sad news came this week that former Chiefs LB Lew Bush died this past week. He celebrated his 42nd birthday just six days before he passed away from an apparent heart attack. He was living in San Diego, but died in Tucson.

Bush was originally drafted by the Chargers and played seven years there. He joined the Chiefs in 2000 and spent three years with the team, playing in 37 games with 24 starts at left outside linebacker. Bush essentially took the place of the late Derrick Thomas, who died in February 2000. He was replaced at that spot in 2002 by Scott Fujita.

Bush’s death at such a young age makes him another Chiefs defensive player from the 1990s that died long before their time. Just a week before Bush, was the passing of DT Chester McGlockton who died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 42 on November 30. In 2002, LB Wayne Simmons was 32 years old when he died in a fiery auto accident on I-70 in Independence. That was more than two years after Thomas died from injuries he suffered in an auto accident on I-435. D.T. was 33 years old. Six months before that, LB Jamie Field was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles in August 1999. Field was just 29.

Bush is the seventh player from San Diego’s 1994 Super Bowl team to die before the age of 45. Earlier this year, DL Shawn Lee passed away at the age of 44 from cardiac arrest. The first member of that team to die was 28-year-old linebacker David Griggs, killed in a car crash in June 1995. Running back Rodney Culver was 26 when he perished in a 1996 plane crash in the Florid Everglades. Not one, but two bolts of lightning struck 28-year-old linebacker Doug Miller in his 1998 death. Curtis Whitley, who’d been released by the Chargers in ’94, died of a drug overdose in 2008 at the age of 39. Defensive lineman Chris Mims was 38 when he died in 2008 of an enlarged heart.

MR. CHARLIE RETURNS TO THE MIDWEST

It was almost sad watching the introductory news conference of new University of Kansas football coach Charlie Weis on Friday evening from Lawrence.

In the course of talking about why he accepted the job of leading the Jayhawks, Weis allowed that in Florida, he and his family had found their nirvana. He left the Chiefs he said again on Friday because the situation in Florida provided a spot for his whole family.

 The horse country of Ocala was a spot where everyone in his family felt at home. That included his daughter Hannah, who is developmentally disabled and needs special schooling. Weis said his daughter was very happy at the school they found in Ocala. His son Charlie was a freshman at the University of Florida and was working with the football program. Maura Weis loves horses and there are plenty of opportunities around that part of Florida to see, train and buy horses. Throw in the great weather and a top-notch football program to work with at the University of Florida, and everyone was happy.

So why are the Weis men moving to Lawrence, while the Weis women will continue to live in Florida? That’s what’s going to happen for the Weis family with his decision to become the KU leader. It’s happening because Mr. Charlie couldn’t walk away from a chance to be head coach again. So he’s dividing his family in the name of football, becoming an absentee father and husband so he can lead the Jayhawks.

Sad.


2 Responses to “A Potpourri of Once Chiefly Matters”

  • December 10, 2011  - COCHIEF says:

    Charlie may be an excellent NFL offensive coordinator, but he doesn’t have the qualities to be a successful college head coach. The AD at Kansas is naive in selecting a well known name over candidates more qualified for the unique situation facing KU football.


  • December 10, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Maybe Charlie learned from his first go around and will have a different experience. Redemption is a powerful story. It’s sad that his family will be separated but football is part of his DNA and it’s hard to pass on a head coaching opportunity. Hopefully this will work out for him and his family. Jared Allen is Jared Allen. You should do a story on the average life span of an NFL player Bob. I’m not sure what it is these days but it has to be decreasing daily. Look at the age of these guys that are dying. They’re young men by normal standards. Far too young to have their lives end.




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