Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning Addicts. Today, the 2012 season officially gets underway. The Chiefs start their offseason program today! It will be the first time they’ve had a regular offseason program since 2010 when they won the AFC West. Per the rules of the new CBA, there won’t be any football but the team will spend the first couple of weeks on strength and conditioning. Still, it is good to know the team will be together, working towards the 2012 season. We’ll have more later but until then, here is your Morning Fix!
Sitting dark and empty for the better part of three months, the locker room inside the Chiefs Training Facility will come back to life Monday morning. A majority of the 58 players on Kansas City’s roster are expected to attend the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason program.
The Chiefs’ first offseason program under head coach Romeo Crennel breaks down into three phases spanning over nine weeks.
“I don’t want to blame not having an offseason program last year because I’ve been doing this long enough that I shouldn’t need one,” said Lilja, who played at Shawnee Mission Northwest and Kansas State. “So I didn’t know. Sometimes I lost sleep about it. Am I am step slower? Am I weaker? Is it age? It can’t be age. Most guys who are 30 are kind of peaking, at least the linemen.
“But maybe it’s that I need this program. I got so far away from it last year. I was training but I was boxing. I was swimming. I was doing stupid stuff like beating on tires with a sledgehammer. I was so far away from footwork stuff that we need to do and getting into a stance and coming out of a stance. So maybe getting back to football stuff this spring will help me.”
“I’m just happy and excited that we were able to come back and do this again because I love giving back to my school and my football program,” said Aromashodu, a 2002 graduate of MSSH who was a star wide receiver and kick returner for the Hawks for three seasons and who just signed a one-year extension with his current team, the Minnesota Vikings. “What’s really cool is not only giving back to the kids but it’s kind of turned into a mini-reunion as well. I have a lot of my old coaches and teammates out here today.”
“Isn’t it great to have an alumnus, a kid who really meant so much to this program coming back and donating his time,” asked new MSSH head football coach Darryel Bethune rhetorically. “I just think it’s really special and he’s a really special person to do something like this.”
Chiefs safety Eric Berry will hold his Man 2 Man event that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. This year’s guests will include Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and welterweight boxer Victor Ortiz. Steven St. John of WHB (810 AM) will be the host. The event includes a meet-and-greet with the athletes, cigars, dinner and locker room tours. It will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium.