He’s an NFL defensive lineman, 30 years old, and the Chiefs are Gordon’s ninth team in seven seasons. This isn’t the kind of story that will explain a troubled past or an inability to learn what coaches are trying to teach him. Instead, Gordon’s path explains the difficulty for many players to not only make it — but hang on long enough to make an impact.
“It’s just kind of been that way for me,” he said.
Look for the Chiefs to do whatever they can to make certain Devin Hester doesn’t beat with them with a touchdown return in Sunday’s game against the Bears. Coach Todd Haley hasn’t been afraid to try some unorthodox tactics against some of the league’s better returners. He ordered mortar kickoffs in last year’s game against Cleveland, a maneuver than helped limit the impact of Josh Cribbs. Forfeiting some field position against the Bears rather than kicking to Hester makes sense with Caleb Hanie playing quarterback for Chicago.
Defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali, or better known to fans as TambaHawk, has earned the top spot on Brand Affinity Technologies’ monthly ranking of ‘Rising Sports Stars,’ which calculates those with the most significant leap in popularity during the previous thirty days. Hali helped the Chiefs to victory against the favored San Diego Chargers last month with two sacks and a forced fumble.
He’s just a great professional,” Bears defensive end Israel Idonije said on Thursday. “He brought a lot of value through his leadership and the way he kind of rallied the guys and brought everybody together. He’s one of those guys who elevates everybody around him. You know he’s going to get in and play hard, and run, he looks good on film. He’s a talented guy, so it’ll be fun to go up against him.”
“He’s one of those throwback players. He’s a tough guy. He just comes to work and handle his business. He comes to work all the time, works hard and then shows up on Sunday and runs like a monster.”