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Kid Mows Ryan Lilja's Lawn For Football Camp Appearance


Kansas City Chiefs fans are nothing if not resourceful.

A recent report by Fox 4 KC details how Sam Welch, a sophomore at Maranatha Academy, struck a deal with former Chiefs OL Ryan Lilja. Welch offered to mow Lilja’s lawn, if Lilja would make an appearance at a football camp.

Check out the video below and notice that Lilja is sporting a Chiefs hat.

Speaking of Lilja, there have been reports floating around this summer that the Chiefs are trying to lure the former guard out of retirement.

I don’t know if any of you watch Fox 4 but they supposedly asked Lilja about whether or not he was going to stay retired on last night’s broadcast. We haven’t een able to find anything about what he said yet but I imagine if he said anything earth-shattering, we’d of heard it by now. My guess is that Lilja either said that he is stayign retired or avoided the question.

Lilja is running out of time if he really does want to come back and play another season. As a veteran, he might not want to go to training camp but considering the Chiefs have a totally new offensive system in place, Lilja would need some practice time before just jumping back into the game.

We will keep an eye out to see if any more news on this front develops. What do you think, Addicts? Should Lilja come to camp?

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  • KCPauly

    I think he should enjoy his retirement, he has earned it, no need to come back and risk serious injury, I don’t think we really need him either, nothing against him, but I say time for a youngster(Stephenson) to take the reigns. Go Chiefs!!!!

  • Michael Shaw

    Sorry, but I think our line is set, so he can stay retired. Branden Albert at LT, Geoff Schwartz at LG, Rodney Hudson at Center, Jon Asamoah at RG and Eric Fisher at RT. With Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson as back up guard and tackles and Tommie Draheim as a back up to Center. Thomas Gafford is the long snapper, so that is 9 OL’s by my count. How many would the team normally carry on the active 53 man roster??

  • Chuck Burrell

    Reid doesn’t want an undersized, gray-haired Lilja to come in and be anything more than a player/coach. He will never see the field on Sundays.

    • Patriot42

      Whats wrong with gray – haired people?

      • Chuck Burrell

        Nothing. I’m going bald so I’m jealous

  • Danny W

    I don’t know about coming out of retirement but that’s a pretty cool story.

    • Patrick Allen

      Until every lieman on our line is better than Lilja, I want him on the roster. The fact that he did a pretty good job playing center last year makes him even more valuable. You can never have enough depth and our interior lineman are a bit unproven.

      • Danny W

        I will concede that point a little. I agree we need depth I’m just not sure it’s a forty year old Lilja. If there are non better then I would take him but I’m waiting till after camp, at least he’s fresh that way.

  • Corey Thibodeaux