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Gold-medal winning long jumper had a Chiefs tryout in May

Jeff Henderson showed off his gold medal during the men’s long-jump medal ceremony Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.
Jeff Henderson showed off his gold medal during the men’s long-jump medal ceremony Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. The Associated Press

In May, the Chiefs opened rookie mini-camp with 67 players. One of them already has achieved at the highest level of his sport.

Jeff Henderson, a 5-10, 187-pound wide receiver from Stillman College, wore a Chiefs uniform for a few days as a tryout candidate and switched to a USA uniform for the Olympics. On Saturday, Henderson won the gold medal in the long jump in Rio de Janeiro.

Before taking questions from reporters after practice Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid gave Henderson a shout out.

“We’re proud of him for bringing home the gold,” Reid said.

Reid said he remembered a speedy receiver who was a bit distracted at camp.

“I think he probably had his mind set on going to get the gold,” Reid said. “He worked his tail off here, but (track) was probably his primary focus.”

Henderson played football until he was 15 and ran track at Stillman in Alabama, winning the NCAA Division II long jump in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Henderson also won the 100 meters.

At Rio, Henderson leaped 8.38 meters (27 feet, 6 inches) on his final attempt and edged Luvo Manyonga of South Africa by 1 centimeter.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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