So Long Ricky Stanzi…


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I’m not around as much these days but I needed to drop by today to continue a little Arrowhead Addict tradition of sending off important/interesting/infamous Chiefs players with a song.

We’ve had to say goodbye to many Chiefs over the years. Some were funny goodbyes and some were sad.

Today, we bid farewell to QB Ricky Stanzi.

Stanzi, once projected by Mel Kiper to be the eventual QB of the future in Kansas City, was cut yesterday without ever playing in a regular season game for the team that drafted him.

Stanzi will perhaps be best remembered for his sudden burst of patriotic fervor during an interview after leading his team to victory in the Orange Bowl.

The interview led to a sort of frenzy revolving around Stanzi and his patriotism. There were t-shirts and a few hilarious Youtube videos featuring the former Iowa Hawkeye. Fans seemed to latch on to Stanzi’s love of his country and he came to the Chiefs with a loyal following.

Unfortunately, Stanzi never developed into a realistic option for the Chiefs on the football field. Despite very poor QB play, neither Romeo Crennel nor Todd Haley would give Stanzi an opportunity during the regular season. His play in the preseason was poor and he wasn’t able to take advantage of the opportunities give to him this year by the new regime.

And so we bid farewell to Ricky Stanzi. He was by all accounts a hard worker and good teammate.

We wish him the best of luck.