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The Force is strong in new Chiefs receiver Chris Conley

Former Georgia receiver Chris Conley attracted scouts’ attention at the NFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, benched 225 pounds 18 times and unleashed a 139-inch broad jump and a 45-inch vertical. The Chiefs selected Conley in the third round of last week’s NFL Draft.
Former Georgia receiver Chris Conley attracted scouts’ attention at the NFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, benched 225 pounds 18 times and unleashed a 139-inch broad jump and a 45-inch vertical. The Chiefs selected Conley in the third round of last week’s NFL Draft. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Ever since he can remember, Chiefs’ third-round draft pick Chris Conley, a receiver from the University of Georgia, was a “Star Wars” fan.

Something about the movie franchise connected with his family and Conley, who relates most to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“I try and think of myself as a guy that takes after a hero character and a guy that kind of seems underappreciated the whole time until he dies,” Conley said during a teleconference with the news media Friday night.

Asked how he got so into it, Conley went deep.

“Just one of those things about being taught by my parents to never let go of who you are,” he said. “Remain who you are regardless of what everyone around you says.”

So … he has.

His fascination led to the making of a 26-minute “Star Wars” fan film, "Retribution," that he wrote, directed and co-starred in and has drawn more than 500,000 views on YouTube.

“Doing something that was a little bit different,” he said. “Something funny that people could have as a comic‐relief during the offseason. I think it turned out well. It got good reviews.”

So has the game of Conley, 6-foot-2, especially after his performance at the NFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, benched 225 pounds 18 times and unleashed a 139-inch broad jump and a 45-inch vertical.

Even after acquiring Jeremy Maclin in the offseason, the Chiefs remain in need at a position that remarkably produced no touchdowns last season.

That’s not all there is to like about Conley, who practically brought a tear to the eyes of a few veteran journalists when he was asked how much his journalism degree helps him deal with the media.

“It helps me a lot: I know some of the questions everyone wants to ask and I know sometimes when people are trying to steer me,” he said. “I feel like it helps me interact with the media. Because I know what it’s like to be the guy asking the questions and wanting a good answer.

“So I try to take my time and give the best answer possible so you can write.”

To reach Vahe Gregorian, call 816-234-4868 or send email to vgregorian@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @vgregorian. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com.

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