Tamba Sweatin’ As An ‘Oldie’

From the Truman Sports Complex

The drops of sweat rolled down Tamba Hali’s face like an early summer rain. His shirt was drenched in the after-effects of a busy OTA practice at the Chiefs facility. Hali was handed a towel, he dried his shaved head, but within seconds little eads of sweat formed on his head.

Hali was working hard in preparation for the 2014 Chiefs season. Reports circulated that Hali had arrived to start the off-season program several weeks ago tipping the scales at 284 pounds.

While not confirming the number, Hali said he enjoyed the speculation.

“I like it, they don’t talk about me; it’s something to talk about,” Hali said. “I like it.

“I always show up for camp out of shape,” Hali added with just a touch of sarcasm.

Asked what he weighed this week, Hali said 275 pounds. He said he plays between 260 and 265 pounds during the season. The Chiefs are just about 60 days away from the first practices in pads for the veterans at training camp in St. Joseph. It won’t take a special diet plan for Hali to drop a pound every six days.

“It’s very important to be out here and around the team,” Hali said of the off-season work that continues on Thursday with the third OTA session of week. “The coaches are putting plays in our systems.”

Justin Houston, Hali’s counterpart on the other side of the defense, has not appeared for the OTAs on Tuesday and Wednesday. The reason for his absence remains unconfirmed, but there’s a chance it’s a gambit for a better contract. Hali allowed that he missed his good friend, but expected him to show up at some point.

“I don’t know why he’s not here,” Hali said. “I hear the rumors. That’s between him and whoever. Whatever his situation is, I just pray that everything works out for him and we get this defense back and where we need it to be.”

With Houston out of the drills, first-round draft choice Dee Ford has seen extra opportunities to rush the passer and he’s impressed the nine-year veteran with his skills. In fact, Hali used the memory of another Chiefs linebacker to explain what he’s seen from Ford.

“If anybody reminds you of Derrick Thomas it would be that kid and his first step,” Hali said. “He gets off the ball so fast it’s scary. I just kept rewinding it yesterday and looking at it, and it’s like his first step he’s already taken when the ball is snapped. His first step is incredible.”

After going through a morning and early afternoon at the Chiefs facility, Hali was planning to take a nap and then put in another two-hour physical session with his personal trainer. That type of sweat will continue for the next two months until training camp. Going into his ninth season, Hali’s sense of urgency for winning a championship is running strong.

“It’s all about winning a championship,” Hali said. “It’s very important right now that our focus is about winning a championship. We can’t sell ourselves short. I want to give myself a chance to be able to help our team, humbling ourselves and understand how hard it is to even get to the playoffs.

“This thing is not for long. We have time here to enjoy ourselves, but in the same senses we’ve got to accomplish a goal. I think we have the pieces we need here. Andy (Reid) and his staff do a tremendous job preparing us. We just have to be dedicated and committed throughout the year.”

Notes from Wednesday’s OTA: there were 83 players taking part in the practice . . . rookie quarterback Aaron Murray was not on the field for the second practice of the week. Murray was in Los Angeles for a special rookie photo session that is staged by the league and the NFL Players Association . . . five other players on the roster were not involved in the work: tight end Travis Kelce (injury rehab), wide receiver Kyle Williams (injury rehab), defensive tackle Risean Broussard (injury), running back DeAnthony Thomas (NFL rules) and veteran defenders cornerback Brandon Flowers and outside linebacker Justin Houston.

4 Responses to “Tamba Sweatin’ As An ‘Oldie’”

  • May 28, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    Wouldn’t it be really fun if Tamba proved all the skeptics completely wrong and ended up having a great season with say 18 sacks.

  • May 28, 2014  - ED J says:

    I think w/ the presence of Ford rotating in giving him & Houston a blow. I can see Hali having an awesome yr like that. Felt both Tamba & Houston wore down last yr. Having a 3rd guy to spell those guys will help their impact over a 16 game season.

  • May 28, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I think Tamba is heavier this year because he has never been this old during the off season. That’s one reason he’s sweating. Another reason is that this season is going to be one long job interview.

    I hope he does well.

  • May 29, 2014  - el cid says:

    No matter what, Hali will be “old, fat, overpaid” because…. if he preforms and Ford does not…. Dorsey does not look like the genius he is.

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