In the week prior to Arrowhead’s 2010 wild-card clash, then-Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator (and former Chiefs mastermind) Al Saunders told BaltimoreRavens.com, “The fans go there to be participants, not spectators. They take pride in being part of the game. It is loud. I mean, it…is…loud.”
In the minutes prior to kickoff, opposing players pan around a red sea of hostility with a look that says, “I didn’t sign up for this.”
But in the past decade, the Chiefs’ road to success has generally ended in detours, forcing fans to make a nostalgic U-turn down memory lane.
As a result, that same brand of hostility has gradually become color-blind.
The other schools in the tournament are Vero Beach, Pompano Beach-Blanche Ely, Hollywood-McArthur and three schools out of Coconut Creek: Monarch, North Broward Prep and Coconut Creek High.
Flowers, the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback and Atlantic High graduate, has invited several NFL players to his event, including New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley (Atlantic) and San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin (Pahokee). There will be a football camp the day before, on Friday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, and a charity bowling event on Thursday, July 11.
1. Eric Weddle, San Diego: He is everything you want in a safety. He is a complete player.
2. Eric Berry, Kansas City: With extended health, the sky is the limit for this special player.
3. Champ Bailey, Denver: He is 35, but he still is a high-impact player.
4. Brandon Flowers, Kansas City: Coaches and scouts around the league rave about this player.
5. Sean Smith, Kansas City: Big, athletic player should strive in Kansas City.
6. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver: Playing opposite Bailey should benefit this talent.
7. Tyvon Branch, Oakland: Having Charles Woodson on his side should take pressure off this solid player.
8. Dunta Robinson, Kansas City: Robinson’s versatility will help the Chiefs.