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Chiefs profile | Brandon Kinnie

08/07/2012 12:00 AM

05/16/2014 7:18 PM

Rookie wide receiver Brandon Kinnie, who played his high school football at Grandview, is wearing a number that should be near and dear to the hearts of old-time Chiefs fans.

No. 17.

That was the number of Elmo Wright, who created pro football’s original touchdown dance with his high-stepping celebration at old Municipal Stadium in the early 1970s.

Kinnie didn’t recognize Wright’s name, but hopes to make his own mark with his hometown team as an undrafted rookie from Nebraska.

Q. How did playing at Nebraska prepare you for the NFL?

“I went back and worked out with them before I came here for training camp, and I talked to them about, ‘Hey, you may hate practice at times and how it goes, but it prepares you so much for this next level.’ I’m thankful I went there, got my degree and learned from Coach (Bo) Pelini as well.”

Q. How badly did you want to play for the Chiefs compared to other teams?

“I worked out with them on April 10 at the local pro day, so anywhere I would have been grateful to go. But when I found out I was coming here, it was that much more exciting. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m trying to make the most out of it.”

Q. Do you stay in contact with another former Grandview player, QB Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

“His dad (Ron) is my agent, so I keep in touch with the family. His dad was up here on Saturday . I talk with Josh, too. He’s lost a lot of weight and is ready to go this year.”

Q. Where do you think you stand in a talented wide receiver corps that includes veterans like Steve Breaston and Dwayne Bowe — when he reports — and draft picks like Jon Baldwin and Devon Wylie?

“I’m just competing every day. I do the best I can do and put my best foot forward every day.”

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