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Chiefs Likely Won't Have Another Shot At Tony Richardson

If you've been watching HBO's Hard Knocks with the Jets, you know there's a serious battle at fullback in New York. On the one hand, you've got the old vet Tony Richardson. He's been around the block and is generally considered one of the best in the business. On the other hand, you've got rookie John Conner, a.k.a. the Terminator. He's a hard hitter and seems relentless when going after linebackers.

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The point of the story is that there were some wondering if Richardson, the former Chief, would potentially become a free agent and sign elsewhere (...Kansas City?), however unlikely that seemed.

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Rex Ryan said today that both of them should make the Jets roster, meaning he won't be available to Kansas City. The Chiefs have a pair of guys back there they like so this probably never even crossed the Chiefs minds but it's no surprise people want T-Rich back in town.

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Speaking of Richardson, this week's Sports Illustrated includes in it a fascinating story from former KC Star writer Joe Posnanski on Richardson. Since they both lived in the area, there are several references to his time as a Chief.

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Here's a snippet from the story:

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"You would be surprised," former Chiefs back Priest Holmes says, "how many fullbacks around the NFL don't like to hit."

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Richardson likes to hit, or more accurately he acts as if he likes to hit. ("Nobody really likes to hit," he says.) Richardson's blocking is not much about technique, and it's not about the shifting of weight, and it's not about guiding a linebacker away from the play. "Tony lowers his shoulder, cracks you, drives you out there," Johnson says. "After a while linebackers are scared to get in there. And there's nothing better than running against intimidated linebackers."

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Check out the whole story.