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Chiefs player to appear on NFL Network’s ‘Top 100 Players of 2014’ series

Chiefs fans who enjoy the NFL Network's annual Top 100 Players of 2014 series might want to keep an eye on their television sets tonight.

According to Max Strauss, a spokesman for NFL Media, the Chiefs will have one player appear on this week's episode, which starts at 8 p.m. and spotlights the players ranked between No. 70 and No. 61.

Despite going 11-5 last season — and putting five players on last year's list — the Chiefs have not had one player appear on this year's list thus far. Meanwhile, Denver has already put five players on the list.

There should be good news on the way, however. Actor Wendell Pierce, who narrates all 11 episodes and formerly starred on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” as venerable detective Bunk Moreland, said the Chiefs will get their due in this year's series.

“The Chiefs fans will be happy with their representation, absolutely,” Pierce said in a phone interview. “I can't give anything away, but hey, it's a reflection of your season. It's like some good Gates barbeque sauce on a Saturday.”

Pierce, who is currently starring on the Showtime “Ray Donovan” and continues to host the radio show “Live at Lincoln Center,” is in his second year narrating the series and calls it one of the most enjoyable experiences of his career.

A long-time Saints fan, he embraces the opportunity to contribute in some way to the sport he loves.

“I have been going to Saints games since I was a little boy,” Pierce said. “It was a Sunday ritual. My brother and I and my dad parked the car at my grandmother's house and walking to the stadium. I was a long suffering Saints fan until this new Drew Brees era changed everything.

“What I realized about sports, especially when we won the Super Bowl, was it creates memories for the fans. When they won, the first person I thought of was my father. All the time we spent together, all the years we'd sit there and share quality time talking about any and everything, learning lessons about life through this shared gathering.”

By the way, if you're wondering where Pierce's Gates reference came from, he said he's never been. However, one of his buddies — writer Nathan Jackson — is a Chiefs fan and he plans to go one day, thanks to a bet he lost because of the Chiefs' 27-24 win over the Saints in 2012 when Jamaal Charles rushed for 233 yards.

“I have a standing date to go to Kansas City for one of the games at Arrowhead,” Pierce said. “My buddy is a big KC fan, he's from there, he's a writer, Nathan Jackson, I did his play here in New York. I actually owe him some barbecue from when (Jamaal) Charles ran all over us and y’all came back and kicked our butts.”

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