As everybody knows and is definitely feeling the effects of, it’s not exactly the greatest time to be an NFL fan. I mean, nothing is going on. At all. It’s getting about as much coverage on ESPN these days as the X-Games, which worries me heavily.
So it was refreshing to read a story about one of our first-rounders from last year’s outstanding draft: Branden Albert. Charged with the immense task of recreating the offensive line that Kansas City fans are used to, Albert seems to be doing a great amazing other-worldly job gaining the respect of the Chiefs organization and its followers from the area. Case in point: I have a hard time walking into a KC BBQ joint (any of them) and not ordering anything. I’m 6 foot, 180 pounds. He’s 6’5″, 315, and he can stand the smell of Jack Stack?!??. That was astounding to me.
But on a more serious note, he really does seem to be trying hard. Trying really hard. His work ethic seems to be at a level that most of the Chiefs’ players can only dream of, and that kind of ethic is exactly what the organization needs right now. He’s making a legitimate effort not to become a named leader or make more money, but become the locker room hero we never see. To be the guy that doesn’t celebrate after a big win, knowing that there’s another big game a week away.
To be the guy that the Chiefs need right now. Another Derrick Thomas.