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Carl Peterson at Chiefs training camp for Alumni Day

Carl Peterson
Carl Peterson Star file photo

Alumni Day attracted a variety of former Chiefs and one making his first visit to training camp at Missouri Western — former general manager Carl Peterson.

“I didn’t have occasion to come back,” Peterson said. “Scott Pioli never invited me. John did.”

That would be Pioli, the general manager who succeeded Peterson and didn’t connect to the team’s past as other regimes did, and John Dorsey. He’s the current GM who reached out to Peterson.

“They sent me an invitation, which I appreciated, and I happened to be in town this weekend,” Peterson said.

Peterson caught up with former and current Chiefs. After Sunday’s practice, he visited with linebacker Derrick Johnson, the team’s 2005 first-round selection.

Peterson goes back further with Dorsey.

“This really dates me, but I drafted John Dorsey in the USFL,” Peterson said.

Dorsey passed up an offer to play with Peterson’s Philadelphia Stars and signed with the Packers.

Missouri Western, the Chiefs’ camp home since 2010, impressed Peterson. He had finished the negotiation to move camp from River Falls, Wis., before resigning after the 2008 season. The indoor facility, Griffon Indoor Sports Complex, was a priority.

“You have to build an indoor practice facility that’s conducive to an NFL team,” Peterson said. “If it gets too hot, or if rains, you have to have a place to go.”

Other former Chiefs on hand: Keith Cash, Ken Kremer, J.C. Pearson, Dave Lindstrom, Ed Budde, Danan Hughes, Walter White, Kevin Lockett, Bill Maas, Jerry Cornelison and Curtis McClinton.

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