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“I got really close to going to Arkansas,” Shields said. “They wanted me as a defensive lineman. I thought about it. I would have had to lose some weight, and I just felt more comfortable on offense.”

An offensive lineman for eight years with the Saints, Rams and Chiefs who retired after the 2007 season, Turley said it was commonplace to find comfort in the form of two Miller Lites. But the real relief, Turley said, would come when members of the Saints’ medical staff routinely handed out the prescription painkiller Vicodin on the flights home.

It is fitting that the council held this luncheon at Arrowhead Stadium. That’s because the Jackson Sports Complex Renovation Project accounted for over $171 Million dollars spent with minority and female-owned businesses. For the past quarter century, the MAMBDC has been recognizing similar businesses for embracing diverse suppliers and realizing that doing business with minorities is the right thing to do.

Why: There are many reasons why the Chiefs — who won a total of 10 games in the three previous seasons — won 10 games and their first AFC West championship in seven years, but the play of Charles was the biggest. He was second in the NFL with 1,467 rushing yards, and he led the NFL with a 6.4 per-carry average. Kansas City had the No.1 ranked run offense in the NFL. Charles was the spark plug to this improved offense. Charles was the most exciting player on the division winner.

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