As receivers and quarterbacks were working together during OTAs, Bellamy ran a perfect fade route for veteran quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn hit the undrafted rookie in stride right in front of the end zone, and he appreciated how easy Bellamy made his touchdown pass look.
“That’s what I’m talking about, No. 8,” Quinn shouted at Bellamy. “That’s a nice route.”
Quinn probably knows Bellamy’s name by now. This was one of the many plays that helped Bellamy get noticed during the Chiefs offseason program.
“The Bellamy kid has some quickness, some size,” head coach Romeo Crennel said as the team concluded its offseason program. “He’s a little inconsistent, and we still have to work with him. We’ll have to see how he progresses.”
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Andy Studebaker took a somewhat unconventional path to the NFL from his native Congerville.
He never played the game as a kid, not until he reached Eureka High School. He caught on at the last moment with Division III Wheaton College and, in part, was discovered by the NFL thanks to a YouTube video of him in action.
So Studebaker was back in central Illinois on Monday, helping create a more traditional way into the game by staging his inaugural Rising Stars Football Camp on the JFL fields at Morton’s Southwood Park.
Mr. Irrelevant is the brainchild of former NFL player Paul Salata, and Harnish is the 37th man to earn the title.
And some of the previous winners actually have proven to be quite relevant.
Bill Kenney, who earned the award as the second-to-last player taken in 1978 after the final selection suffered an injury and did not report to camp, became a Pro Bowler in 1983 with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Special-teamer Marty Moore won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2001, and St. Louis linebacker David Vobora and Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop are current starters in the NFL.
The Colts even had their own brief brush with Mr. Irrelevant success with fullback Jim Finn — who was taken by the Chicago Bears in 1999, played in Indianapolis from 2000-02 and became a starter with the New York Giants between 2003-06.
In his time as interim coach, Romeo won over the locker room and the front office and now the job is his. Crennel’s unsuccessful run in Cleveland shouldn’t be held against him as virtually nobody has been able to win in that town (except LeBron James).