At Chiefs’ training camp, new linebacker Elijah Lee gives a fan’s point of view

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Elijah Lee was among the many gamers who spoke to the media after their first padded follow Monday through the group’s coaching camp at Western Missouri State College in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

As a homegrown producer, the sixth-year professional confirmed that The Chiefs had been his favourite band rising up.

“It means lots,” he mentioned of the chance to play in Kansas Metropolis. “I went to highschool in Blue Springs, so I used to be 15 miles east of the ballpark. Simply using, I hoped and hoping you had been in that place. Now that you just’re in it, I am grateful. It is a blessing — and now I’ve to take this chance.”

Kansas State Wildcat’s earlier decisions of youth favorites probably had been just like these of many Chiefs followers.

He mentioned, “Magnificence Charles, he was a home run hitter. That is somebody I used to be excited to look at [in] the video games. Being a defensive man, [linebacker] Derek Johnson. He went to Texas, he performed within the Huge 12 – I performed within the Huge 12. Watching “a booster like that – and all of the superb issues he did – that was form of loopy. Then he watches [pass rushers] Tampa Haley and Justin Houston are off the sting? That was a non-public protection.”

Lee has been broadly reported to be coaching with the primary group in camp — considerably stunning, on condition that the Chiefs are Lee’s fifth group in six seasons. In earlier stops, Lee additionally performed on particular groups greater than he did on protection.

“You are having fun with it,” he informed me of his likelihood. “I do not understand how this factor goes to vary. I’ll do my greatest going ahead. On the identical time, some folks say I’ve at all times been particular groups – however firstly of my profession I relied on enjoying early. So I do know what it takes to be ready to make the most of this function.”

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He additionally credited former Kansas State coach Invoice Snyder with serving to him type a successful mindset.

“That is a bonus for me,” he mentioned of the well-known coach’s concentrate on non-public groups. “Coach Snyder – nice coach, Corridor of Fame coach – [said] You might be [have to] Reap the benefits of each alternative. It does not matter when you’re beginning, particular groups – no matter you do, you give your greatest. I’m a powerful believer [that] Your work in particular groups places you ready to play in protection or offense.”

One way or the other, Lee accomplished a full course by attending a camp in Missouri Western. Early in his highschool profession, he performed at Saint Joseph Central Excessive College. So his expertise now could be particularly significant.

“It brings again plenty of recollections,” Lee famous. “In highschool — sophomore and sophomore — we used to return right here. I used to be a towel boy or give water. So I handed a towel to Tampa Haley or Justin Houston. I am like, ‘Wow, that is superb.'”

“So now, to return again to be on this place, and be capable to give again and assist the group wherever I can, this can be a nice alternative.”

One of many methods he will get concerned when he returns to the group is by partnering with Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph. Lee is worked up concerning the alternative to focus extra on psychological well being companies and diet schooling.

“As a child — not many individuals know — I went to fifteen completely different faculties,” he revealed to me. “So your psychological well being might be all over. As a child, you at all times ask why and attempt to perceive. However when you develop up and be taught, the precise diet and the precise psychological well being can take you even additional.”

“Free lunches at college aren’t at all times one of the best. So now you are going by an entire day of grogginess as a child. However if you eat the precise issues, and have the precise psychological well being, keep constructive – ‘I can do it’ and do not settle for ‘no’ for a solution – heaven is restrict”.