Chiefs & NFL Tidbits 10/6

Eric Berry made the folks at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia very happy after he signed his six-year, $60 million deal with the Chiefs.

Berry bought the football team 70 new uniforms, along with new clothing for the coaching staff. It all came from Adidas, the shoe company he signed with after being the fifth player selected in the 2010 NFL Draft.

“When he first signed Eric said ‘Coach, I want to do something for you all’,” Creekside coach Johnny White told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Eric has always been very loyal to Creekside. He was coming back to the school to help out and encourage our players long before his brothers got up there. He has a lot of love for Creekside.”

Berry’s twin brothers Evan and Elliott are freshman for the Creekside Seminoles, starting on offense and defense. They’ve already been contacted about scholarships by Georgia, UCLA and Tennessee.  

BUDDE HONORED BY MICHIGAN STATE

Chiefs Hall of Famer Ed Budde was inducted into the Michigan State University Hall of Fame in ceremonies over the weekend in East Lansing. The Detroit native played from 1960-62, earning All-America honors in that senior season.

Most of his playing time for head coach Duffy Daugherty was at guard, but he also played some defensive line for the Spartans. He was a first-round draft choice of both the Eagles in the NFL and the Texans in the AFL. Philadelphia wanted him to play on the defensive line, while Dallas and coach Hank Stram wanted him as a blocker. The presence of another former Michigan State player Fred Arbanas on the Texans roster convinced him to sign with the AFL.

“Fred is one of the reasons I went to the AFL because I admired his play in college at Michigan State and the pros,” said Budde. “I had so much respect for him. He was telling me how exciting it was in the AFL.”

Budde played 14 seasons and appeared in 177 games with the Chiefs and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the AFL’s all-time team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1983.

Budde made another mark in the college game when he was named a captain of the 1963 College All-Stars team that had a shocking 20-17 upset of the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi.

“We had a lot of talent on that team,” Budde said. “We had Pro Football Hall of Famers Buck Buchanan and Bobby Bell, and Lee Roy Jordan of Alabama, who’s in the College Football Hall of Fame, was the defensive captain. Normally, they would have a quarterback be an offensive captain, so that was a thrill for me.”

PERCY SNOW JOINS THE SPARTANS HALL TOO

His time with the Chiefs was short, due to a moped accident that ripped up his ankle, but it was at Michigan State where Percy Snow really made his mark as a linebacker. During his three-year career, he led the Spartan in tackles each season and is second in school history with 473 total tackles.

As a senior, Snow won the Butkus Award as the top linebacker and the Lombardi Award as the top defensive lineman. He also was first-team All-America for two seasons. He was part of Michigan State’s ’88 Rose Bowl winning team that beat Southern Cal. He was the MVP of that game, with 17 total tackles.

“After we won and came home, and we were greeted at the airport, with the fans and support, I think that right there was it for me,” said Snow. “That was the benchmark acceptance. When we stepped off that plane and I was holding that Rose Bowl MVP trophy up in the air that was the fondest moment for me.”

The Chiefs selected him in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft, but he ended up playing just 30 games over three seasons (1990-92) after a broken ankle in a moped accident at training camp in River Falls, Wisconsin in 1991 cost him a season of play.

FORMER CHIEFS DRAFT CHOICE HEADED FOR PRISON

You have to be long-time and very intense Chiefs fan to remember the name Joe Bruner.

But his name popped up last week in a Florida courtroom where he was sentenced to nearly a year in prison for assaulting his accountant. Headlines identified him as a “former Kansas City Chiefs pro football player.” That’s a bit of a stretch, given that Bruner never played a regular season game with the Chiefs.

However, he was selected in the 13th-round of the 1976 NFL Draft as a quarterback out of Northeast Louisiana. He had previously played at Fort Walton Beach Junior College in Florida, along with stints at Auburn and Memphis State.

Florida Circuit Court Judge John Brown sentenced the 57-year-old former Bruner to 11 months and 29 days in jail and ordered him to attend anger management classes. His accountant, Wayne Montgomery, accused him of striking him several times during a meeting at Bruner’s home in July 2009. Bruner was upset that Montgomery had been unable to help him get a larger refund from the IRS.


4 Responses to “Chiefs & NFL Tidbits 10/6”

  • October 6, 2010  - ben says:

    Bob it is great to see that Berry hasn’t forgot where he came from. Even if Berry doesn’t become the next Ed Reed I am happy the Chiefs chose him because he appears to have great character and it is hard to not like people like that. I bet Pioli had no problem handing this kid 60 million dollars, Clark might have (most business owners want the best for the least) since the money came from his bank account.


  • October 6, 2010  - Mike says:

    Ben, I’d bet that even Clark was happy to pay this kid $60 million. He’d rather have that money go to a young man with character and ability than to a guy like JaMarcus Russell, who lacked both!


  • October 6, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    Excellent article Bob. Always good to hear tidbits & bios on Chiefs past and present players.
    Go Chiefs.


  • October 7, 2010  - Rand says:

    I agree, excellent article. Eric Berry seems like a guy that could live up to Will Shield’s off the field reputation.

    I have a friend in Florida that is always giving me Joe Bruner updates because of Joe’s association with the Chiefs. It’s not the first time Joe has been involved in trouble in the last few years. At least now, I can claim he never really played for the Chiefs!




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