He and his wife Lauren bought a house here, saying it’s important to live year-round in a community they wanted to be part of. He helped a neighbor when her house caught fire. He’s one of the most active Chiefs in charitable causes, taking on Tony Gonzalez’s “Shadow Buddies” program, among others.
Then-coach Todd Haley openly compared Cassel’s work and passion to that of Kurt Warner. Even now, benched on a 1-10 team he has no future with, Cassel is often at the facility late on weekdays after his teammates have left. When they come back the next day, Cassel is often waiting for them.
It’s always been like this for him. With the Patriots, he balanced long hours as Tom Brady’s backup with moments of mood-lightening by calling his good friend and 5-foot-9 receiver Wes Welker a horse jockey. This is the Cassel friends all over the NFL know, the guy they hope is remembered in Kansas City as a man as much as quarterback.
Jackson collected three tackles, including a takedown of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning was credited with a 1-yard rush, so statistically it was not ruled a sack.
“They didn’t call it a sack,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, “but really he got a sack. Tyson has been good all year. He is a guy who works very hard. He’s conscientious. It’s important to him. He showed up (on Sunday).”
Crennel said he decided to utilize Jackson instead of Allen Bailey on passing downs because teams started running the ball successfully against the Chiefs’ nickel defense.
Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn is sorry about how his cheesy moustache looks, but it’s for a good cause.
Quinn and fellow quarterback Matt Cassel are wearing moustaches this week as part of Movember, an initiative that raises funds to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
“It looks terrible on me, so I’ll be excited to shave it off this week,” Quinn said. “We’re trying to bring awareness to prostate cancer. A lot of men are out there facing that battle, so we try to bring awareness to it in a subtle way.”
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the club has released kicker Matt Szymanski and signed linebacker Quan Sturdivant to the practice squad.
Sturdivant (6-1, 241) originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (171st overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2011, he served on Arizona’s practice squad roster before being released by the club on Aug. 31, 2012. Sturdivant started 38 of 46 games at North Carolina (2007-10), recording 309 tackles (192 solos) with 7.0 sacks, 27.5 tackles for a loss and seven QB pressures. He added two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions. He prepped at West Stanly High School in Oakboro, N.C., where he played quarterback and strong safety.
Szymanski (6-1, 196) played in 52 games between SMU (2009-10) and Texas A&M (2006-07), competing in 26 contests at each school. He converted 35 of 58 (60.3 pct.) career field goal attempts with a long of 61 yards and was successful on all 131 extra point attempts. He also punted 123 times for 5,105 yards (41.5 avg.) with a long of 74 yards. He was rated the No. 1 kicker in the nation at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas. Szymanski originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Chiefs in May of 2012.