‘I thought I was going to be drafted, but I didn’t know by whom or in what round. You hear a lot of things going into the draft from different teams and watching television, but you never know. No one knows. I was just sitting there watching the draft, and the Kansas City GM calls me and all of sudden I’m a Kansas City Chief. I was so happy, I couldn’t tell you what we talked about. It was a blur.’
Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, a 15-year veteran and sure-fire Hall of Famer, has enjoyed the type of career to which Finley aspires.
Playing for both the Kansas City Chiefs and now the Falcons, Gonzalez has been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses for a long time. A former basketball player, Gonzalez has always been too fast for linebackers and too big and athletic for defensive backs.
Will Shields will be the 15th Nebraska player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and he was honored during Saturday’s game.
Shields, a guard, played at Nebraska from 1989 to 1992 and was a unanimous All-American in 1992. He won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman in 1992 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Eight selection.
“I’ve seen Steve play all positions, in both places – Arizona and here,” head coach Todd Haley said. “He’s got a very good feel and understanding of the offense.”
Breaston’s versatility has paid dividends, but his role is likely to resemble the one he played in Arizona once Baldwin becomes part of the Chiefs offensive plans.
Breaston first developed his reputation as one of the NFL’s top slot receivers playing third fiddle to All-Pro wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in Arizona. A 1,000-yard season during the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run in 2008 put him on the map.