Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) walks to the locker room after the San Diego Chargers beat the Chiefs 31-13 at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
It is an Arrowhead Addict tradition to do a special farewell post to important Chiefs players when they depart the team. After Tuesday’s carnage, we have a lot farewells to make. We’ll begin with our fond farewell to now former left tackle Branden Albert.
Branden arrived with his oddly spelled name in 2008 after being the last first-round selection of (not so) beloved general manager Carl Peterson. His play was often underrated but the paycheck he received from the Dolphins certainly compensated for the lack of attention he received in his early playing days.
This isn’t to say Albert did not have his moments. Last offseason he was none too pleased about being hit with the franchise tag nor the release of Eric Winston. He let us know via his twitter account that he later had to destroy. No worries, though. He rebuilt it.
Also things like this happened a little to often:
Albert missed nine starts in his final two years with the Chiefs and started 16 games only once in six years. It was a painful thing to be Branden Albert, both emotionally and physically.
Picking a swan song for Albert was difficult. There needed to be a simple and underrated component to it. The song needed to have a dash of emo without the wordy explanations of why he’s so darn sad. It needed to be sung by a guy who may quit Twitter at any time because he’s too sad about losing a friend at work. There was no one better for the job than Michael Johnson, who can be found singing his timely classic “Bluer Than Blue” in the video below.
So long, Branden Albert.