Chiefs’ Donald Stephenson calls Michael Sam ‘brave’

Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson admired Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam for his decision to reveal he is gay. “I think the kid is brave … doing it right before the draft,” said Stephenson, who just finished his second season with the Chiefs.

Super Bowl 2015 odds: Chiefs tied with Colts, others

The Super Bowl is over, which means the NFL offseason is officially here. Here’s a quick look at the 2015 Super Bowl odds, courtesy of sports betting expert R.J. Bell of The Chiefs are currently tied for 10th at 30/1 with the Colts, Eagles, Bears and Cardinals.

Kansas City market led the country in Super Bowl TV ratings

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt has an even more compelling case to bring a cold-weather Super Bowl to Arrowhead Stadium. Fox Sports said on Monday that the Kansas City market had the highest overnight ratings for Seattle’s 43-8 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night.

The Hall of Fame case for Will Shields

As the Kansas City representative to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Selectors, I have received plenty of questions and criticism for former Chiefs guard Will Shields’ omission from the Class of 2014.

Reports: Star CFL receiver to sign with Chiefs

Weston Dressler, an all-star Canadian Football League receiver who worked out for the Chiefs on Jan. 14, was released Thursday so he can sign a deal with an unnamed NFL team. Multiple reports out of Canada say Dressler plans on signing with the Chiefs. A source also told The Star that Dressler was coming to Kansas City.

Broncos’ ‘Pot Roast’ savors information about his opponent

Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton — better known as Pot Roast to his teammates — will go against Seattle Pro Bowl center Max Unger in one of the key matchups of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Knighton said he’ll scout Unger on Google: “I want to know everything about him. Just everything, from his favorite food to his favorite color, where he grew up at, how many siblings he has. I want to know everything about him, and I’ll probably talk a little smack Sunday. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Senior Bowl losers: Transition to linebacker tough for Missouri's Michael Sam

It’s time to assess the players whose stock went down in part two of The Star’s final Senior Bowl recap. To do that, The Star’s Terez A. Paylor asked Rob Rang of, Mark Dulgerian of and Shane Hallam of for their opinions and kept track of how many votes each player received.

Super Bowl kickers don’t want NFL to give extra point the boot

Understandably, both Denver kicker Matt Prater and Seattle’s Steven Hauschka are not big fans of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s latest suggestion. Goodell is floating the idea of eliminating the extra point in favor of giving a team seven points for a touchdown with an option of running a play for an eighth point. A failed try would cost the team a point, leaving it with six for the touchdown.

Chiefs sign Risean Broussard to a reserve-futures contract

The Chiefs signed second-year defensive lineman Risean Broussard to a reserve-futures contract on Wednesday. Broussard signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Hinds Community College in Mississippi last May. He was released a few weeks later, but the 6-foot-2, 278-pounder apparently made enough of an impression to get invited back this year.

Chiefs made draft pick just before Seattle took Russell Wilson in 2012

The Chiefs, like 31 other teams, passed on quarterback Russell Wilson of Wisconsin through two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft and had the 11th pick (74th overall) in the third round, one spot ahead of Seattle. The Seahawks had targeted Wilson as early as the second round but took linebacker Bobby Wagner of Utah State instead. Then they sweated it out before the Chiefs selected offensive tackle Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma.

The low-down on the Seahawks’ ‘Legion of Boom’ nickname

Seattle’s vaunted secondary is known as the Legion of Boom, a nickname personified by the defensive backs. “L-O-B, Legion of Boom, it brought us together as a secondary and really brought us together as a family and a brotherhood,” said cornerback Richard Sherman, the NFL interception leader with eight.