My name is Major Sean Heidgerken. Last February was my 22nd anniversary of shipping off to basic training to become a US Soldier. Last month, I once again reported for duty, only this time with much less yelling and no push-ups, to join the storied Kansas City Chiefs.
Recently, the main question I have been asked is, “What is an Army Officer doing working for a professional sports team?”
In short, I have been selected to represent the Army in a first of its kind partnership between the Chiefs and the Army. More specifically, I am working with the award-winning 65 Toss Power Trap Productions team in the epicenter of the franchise, through the Department of Defense’s Training with Industry program (TWI).
The TWI program seeks to improve defense readiness by placing military members with various civilian companies, like the Chiefs, to gain valuable knowledge and skills not fully available through traditional military training.
One name that popped up multiple times as a long-shot candidate during the NFL head coaching carousel this year really made me wonder.
Three teams, the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, interviewed the Atlanta Falcons special-teams coordinator for jobs Andy Reid, Marc Trestman and Chip Kelly ultimately landed.
Armstrong, 49, who has never been a head coach on any level and previously had never interviewed for an NFL head coaching post, spent at least four hours with each team as part of a wham-bam Friday-Saturday in Atlanta during the Falcons’ first-round playoff bye. He didn’t get a second interview, but all three teams complied with the Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority interview for each head coaching job.
Asked how the Kansas City Chiefs’ new coach will be treated in his return to Philadelphia for the Week 3 matchup with the Eagles, McCoy said the players will “definitely be happy and excited” to see Reid.
“He means a lot to me and a lot of other players,” McCoy said. “We’ll give each other a big hug, and then once the game starts, I know how coach Reid is. He’s so focused. All in all, we always know it’s always love and mutual respect between each other, but we have a job to do.