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Chiefs’ Willie Davis chosen as AFC scout of the year

Former Chiefs receiver Willie Davis has been chosen AFC scout of the year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Davis, who just completed his eighth season as an area scout for the Chiefs, is in charge of scouting the Southwest for the club.

“The guys that have won it before me, I know a couple and they were great scouts,” Davis said.

“I've learned a lot from them. On the road, they helped me a lot when I was coming up (as) a young scout, so just to follow in their footsteps and win the award, it's humbling. It's just a great feeling.”

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Davis deserves the honor, which is handed out by an organization whose mission is to promote minority candidate talent development for coaching, front office executives and scouting staff throughout the NFL.

“Willie should be proud,” Dorsey said. “As an organization we're proud because these are the guys you never hear about and you know what, these guys are pretty good. It should mean something for Kansas City because it shows you that he played for the Chiefs and now he's behind the scenes as a scout. And you know what? As good as he was as a player, he's a pretty good scout, too. And that award reflects it.”

Davis played for the Chiefs from 1991 to 1995, hauling in 172 passes for 3,014 yards and 20 touchdowns. He served as wide receivers coach with Arkansas-Pine Bluff and after retiring and also served minority coaching fellowships with the Chiefs and Colts before he was hired by the Chiefs in 2006.

• Davis isn't the only Chiefs staff member to be honored this week, either. On Wednesday, head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder was named the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, an organization representing NFL athletic trainers whose mission is to ensure the highest quality of health care to players.

“I'm proud of him,” Dorsey said.