Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) intercepts a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) during the second half at LP Field. The Chiefs won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Coach Andy Reid and Players Jamaal Charles and Marcus Cooper Win Top Honors at 101 Banquet


Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For 44 years the national civic organization known as “The Committee of the 101″ in Kansas City hosts an award program recognizing the very best in the National Football League. They host a black-tie dinner and this year, all proceeds from the event were donated to the Truman Medical Center charitable foundation. It is a  veritable “who’s who” of the NFL right in the heart of America every year.

The categories recognized by the 101 are:

AFC Offensive Player of the Year
NFC Offensive Player of the Year
AFC Defensive Player of the Year
NFC Defensive Player of the Year
AFC Coach of the Year
NFC Coach of the Year
Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football

Also recognized every year are the Derrick Thomas Award for the most valuable Kansas City Chiefs player and the Mack Lee Award for the Chiefs rookie of the year.

All of the awards were announced before hand, but the two Chiefs specific awards aren’t released until the afternoon of the event. Hosted by NFL Network’s Paul Burmeister — who also does the play by play along with Trent Green on the Chiefs preseason games telecasts — it was quite an event, to say the least.

Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

As everyone expected, Jamaal Charles was the Derrick Thomas award for the year. Generating almost 2,000 yards of offense by himself and scoring 19 touchdowns through the air and ground will have that affect. In fact, if it wasn’t for the record breaking season by the Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, he would have probably won the AFC Offensive Player of the Year Award as well.

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Another familiar face took to the stage though as head coach Andy Reid was named the AFC Coach of the Year. Taking a team in complete disarray from a dismal 2-14 season to 11-5 — including a record breaking 9-0 start — and a playoff berth is cause for some notice. There was talent on this team before Reid took over last January but it wasn’t being utilized. He found a way to do that.

No other Chiefs won the “national” awards as the pass rusher from the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Mathis, took home the AFC Defensive Player of the Year nod.

Being voted the Rookie of the Year was an unlikely candidate in Marcus Cooper. Cooper found his way to the stage in a pretty convoluted way. He was drafted out of Rutgers by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh-round of last year’s draft and then cut just after the final preseason game. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey saw something in him and brought him onto the Chiefs where he quickly found himself thrust into a starting role due to injuries. Though Cooper had a bit of a downturn toward the end of the season, he finished the 2013 campaign with 44 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble. Perhaps his biggest play though was recovering a muffed punt in the endzone against the Tennessee Titans for his first career touchdown. That’s not too shabby for a seventh-round pick.

The final award of the evening, though, went to another familiar face in Kansas City. In 2008, the Committee of the 101 added the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football. The award is the pinnacle of the event and given to an individual or entity who embodies the spirit of competition and the NFL. Past winners of the award include Roger Staubach, NFL Films, Monday Night Football, Tony Dungee and the Foolish Club — the original eight owners of the American Football League who were “foolish” enough to go up against the NFL. This year, the Chiefs legendary and Super Bowl winning quarterback Len Dawson was added to that list. Presented by the son of the award’s namesake, Clark Hunt, Dawson was overwhelmed.

Finally, in addition to all the awards, Hunt also had another huge piece of news for the crowd. Legendary Chiefs running back Priest Holmes will be inducted into the Chiefs hall of fame. Holmes, who came to the Chiefs in 2001 as a free agent still has the most rushing yards by a single player at 6,070. Add his 76 rushing touchdowns — including 48 in two seasons — and it’s easy to see why he’ll adorn the ring of honor.

“It is an honor to announce the induction of Priest Holmes into the Chiefs Hall of Fame,” Hunt said. “On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization I would like to congratulate Priest on a remarkable career. As the Chiefs franchise all-time leader in rushing yards, total touchdowns and rushing touchdowns, Priest set a standard for excellence on and off the field during his time in Kansas City. We are grateful for his contributions to the team and the community.”

Arrowhead Addicts congratulates all of the 101 Award winners for 2013, but especially the Committee of the 101 for putting on such a great event and helping a worth cause.

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  • T.Hagen

    I think Jason siblings should get the arrogant ahole award.

  • T.Hagen

    Sorry, Siebel!

    • Jason Seibel

      Dude if you’re gonna troll me and call me names at least spell my name right. Here. Let me help you. S E I B E L It’s ok. I remember when I had my first beer and got on the interwebs too. You’ll be ok.

  • T.Hagen

    Let’s refrase this. Jason Siebel should get the Butthole award.

  • T.Hagen

    Jason, you are not a true fan.

    • Chris Tarrants

      ?!?! Damn!!! Way to trash a guy and never even give him a reason for such douchebaggery

  • Jason Seibel

    What are you talking about?

  • Tristian

    Congrats to Reid and Cooper for the awards.If I were Cooper I would just study both Denver tapes and make sure that dosent ever happen again which to his credit he played a lot better after the last denver game. He seems to miss jams at the line too much and not look for the ball enough. Both are coachable but turning around for the ball was a consistent problem for all the chiefs secondary. Hope it gets fixed. Go chiefs!

    • berttheclock

      Looking back, everything began to go south with the play of Cooper, when, Denver decided to snare him in their picks. Before that, he had been very good on staying with receivers on crossing routes. It looks as though Sutton tried to make changes based on that and his schemes never fully worked. Denver runs border line legal picks and that is a very thin border. The Seahawks blew those up by jamming.

      • Chris Tarrants

        Which was so stupid because from week 11 on every chiefs fan was screaming just that! How we went the rest if the season giving free releases still blows me away!!! We have two big physical corners who can engage in the first 5 yards and go toe to toe with any receiver and yet we failed to even try

  • berttheclock

    First, I concur.

    Second, may I begin the vote to dismiss T.Hagen from the island.

    Third, in how many minutes will the “Let’s go after Sam Shields” begin?

    Fourth, there is no bigger devoted fan of the Chiefs than Jason.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Bert, I suspect that with their 65 million cap space , the Raiders are more likely to land Shields than the Chiefs are.

      • Chris Tarrants

        It’s up to Shields, is he looking for a retirement best egg, or is he looking for another ring? Players go to Oakland to fizzle out into obscurity, not to win anything. See Warren Sapp, Jerry Rice, Randy Moss. Although Moss did go to NE and put up numbers, but he was nothing in faiderland. I’m not saying that we should go after an old defensive player because that never seems to work out for us but if we land him then great but if he goes to Oakland then I’m sorry about his damn luck

        • Brian Dempsey

          I don’t believe the Chiefs will pursue Shields. I do believe they may pursue ex-Eagle Safety Nate Allen. Time will tell, of course.

          • Chris Tarrants

            I hope it’s neither personally, Ithere are plenty of FA WRs out there. I want to see us draft out safety in the first round! I want young legs that can pair with Berry for several years, not just a stop gap rental who is getting old

          • Brian Dempsey

            Forget it. They aren’t drafting any Safety in the 1st round. Just look at Dorsey/Reid’s draft history. Safety in round one is a wasted pick. The Chiefs need a 3-4 DE that can attack the QB far more than they need to draft Safety in round 1. Good Safeties can be had in rounds 2 through 7. Cam Chancellor up in Seattle was drafted in round 5 of that same draft that Berry was taken & Chancellor has become the better player.

          • berttheclock

            Schneider did his homework on Chancellor. Another tough back from Virginia Tech. He was the one who knew Detroit needed a guard, so, as he knew his o-line was going to take awhile anyway, he shipped a guard to Detroit for their early 5th round pick. However, I really hope it is Dorsey leading the way and not Reid. Just look at the 2011 draft where Reid was involved with picking players and he and Howie Roseman, their GM, took Danny Watkins, a so-called guard, at 23 and he played very few games in his first two years with the Eagles and was dumped onto Miami. This is what bothers me when I read Reid likes Allen.

          • Brian Dempsey

            No doubt Watkins was a big whiff, just like Moffitt and Carimi from that same draft & Derek Sherrod became an injury casualty.

            Regarding Allen, it seems that Philly has become a graveyard for DB’s. Look at Rodgers-Cromartie once he got out of there & went to the Donkeys. Perhaps a change in scenery might benefit Allen and he wouldn’t cost much and at least gives them some depth.

          • berttheclock

            Allen makes this interesting. Consider Allen played for Reid, whereas, Dorsey was involved with bringing in Shields as an UDFA. Will this mean, Mr Hunt will have a visit from both of them as a sort of “I want…”, “No, I want…” discussion. Will Clark have to have a coin flip?

          • berttheclock

            Yeah, remember that old song “Has anyone seen my old friend Nambi?” after he arrived in Philly? The same song just became a little more sad when he was with the Niners.

          • Brian Dempsey

            Like I said, Bert. Philly seems to be a graveyard for DB’s. I don’t know why guys like Namdi and Rodgers-Cromartie looked like they were playing in quicksand while they were there, but they did.

          • berttheclock

            Also, in the 2011 draft, after Heckert had left Philly, Reid took Jaiquawn Jarrett, a safety from Temple in the 2nd round. In fact, he went one pick before KC chose Hudson. He ended up with the Eagles with little speed and Reid, not only had to cut him, but, he apologized to the fans of the Eagles. At least, he didn’t have to pay the scouts much cab fare to head over to Temple to scout him.

            Reid is an excellent HC, but, keep him out of the draft room.

        • berttheclock

          Shields is only 26. Strange story on him. He was a very good wide out (one game six catches for 117 yards), but, Miami coaches switched him to D-B. That was one negative on him that he did not have enough experience. But, he ran a 4.32 and an excellent cone drill at the Combine, however, ye olde “Alice B Toklas Grass Brownies” showed and he fell to a projected 7th round pick in the 2010 draft. No one picked him and GB gave him a walk on try. Dorsey was on board for that pickup.

        • JonandLaura Miller

          Ok, you are a prototypical Chiefs fan that hates the Raiders. Sure the Raiders haven’t done anything good this past decade (please don’t be exact, unless you have O.C.D., you know try to correct me in a specific manner?) but with this 60+ million cap space to work with, they will be able to “Help” turn things around, maybe not the playoffs but be heading in the right direction. The Raiders will not be down forever, even if you or any Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, etc. fan of fan base hope they do, players have to realize that they can be part of resurrecting the Raiders back to respectability and whether you admit or not the NFL isn’t the same without them winning, they bring more spice back to the league. If the money is right why wouldn’t Shields come to Oakland that’s if Oakland wants him to begin with. As a Raiders fan I have respect to all fans of any team but I’ll root for my Raiders agains’t any team in a respectful manner. Us fans can be professional too and if not hate all you want. At least I’m not giving myself a headache with all that hate. P.S. Warren Sapp & Randy Moss are high maintenance athletes coming to Oakland at the wrong time in their careers unfortunately the Raiders where going down hill from there and granted they were great players one is in the H.O.F and the other possibly in the near future, But for Rice he was with the Raiders when they were last a real good team and a far as I know he show’s respect to Raiders organization. Now I leave you in peace and hope your brain doesn’t explode from my long @$$ post.

          • berttheclock

            As a diehard Chiefs fan, I love to defeat the Raiders. However, when Pioli was the GM of the Chiefs and Romeo Crennell looked as though he was not going to work out as a HC, I wanted Reggie McKenzie to become the GM of the Chiefs and I touted Dennis Allen to be their new HC as I thought he was a rising star in the NFL. McKenzie has had a rough time hitting running because he had to clean the financial slate and get back under the Cap. Thus, he had to cut several players which hurt Allen putting together a cohesive unit. I still believe, unfortunately for the Chiefs, that they will right the ship but as I would really love to see the old rivalry between the Chiefs and the Raiders become what it was once was and that meant it was required Prime Time viewing on national TV, so be it. McKenzie will do well and Allen is a far better coach than many posting at sfgate would understand. However, that said, I do believe both of them will be under the microscope of young Mr Davis for this coming draft and the off season pickups, as Davis has said he will open the vault for talent.