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Chiefs rookies hear from legends, get customized Royals jerseys during “Rookie Transition Program”

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Chiefs rookies hear from legends, get customized Royals jerseys during “Rookie Transition Program”

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All of the rookies on the Kansas City Chiefs roster spent the last three days in the NFL’s Rookie Transition Program, which is designed to help new players transition from college football to the professional ranks.

Two names you don’t hear associated with the Chiefs often—Kirsten Krug (vice president of administration) and BJ Stabler (player engagement director) help organize the program.

The following behind-the-scenes looks are from the official Instagram of Stabler.

(Note: Each of Stabler’s three posts is broken up into slides, and you may have to click through to Instagram to see each one)

Day one
Day one highlights: Equipment manager Mike Davidson gets the players familiar with Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, an inspirational talk from Major Rodney Jackson, a Play60 event on the field at Arrowhead Stadium (I noticed Derrick Nnadi engaged with the children in the video), and a tour of the historic Negro League Museum on E 18th street. There are no slides that show this, but Stabler mentions AP contributor Mayor Sly James and Chiefs great Deron Cherry closed out the day with talks as well.

Day two
Day two highlights: A brief seminar on understanding credit from a representative from Second Chance Credit, talks from Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields, Scott Turner and Captain Kari Thompson regarding social responsibility and discussing tough issues relevant to the NFL today. The Chiefs rookies also learned about total wellness and mental health care. They finished up day two by each getting custom Royals jersey (pretty cool) and watching how NOT to play from the worst team in baseball at Kauffman Stadium.

Day three
Day three highlights: First, NFL line judge Mark Hittner broke down the rule differences between college football and the pros. Later in the day, MADD warned the rookies of the dangers of drunk driving. Finally, there was a player panel featuring Ryan Lilja, Joe Mays and Ben Grubbs. Lilja is as honest and forward as they come and it was good to see Grubbs back involved after a brief Chiefs career. The three-day program wrapped up with a trip to Top Golf.





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