Derrick Johnson won’t be a Chief next year.
That sentence has not been true since before 2005. I had just turned 20 when DJ was drafted. I was single at the time and not attending college. In the time since Derrick Johnson was a Chief, I’ve gotten married, had five kids, completed a bunch of school junk, started a career and became a pastor (20-year-old me would’ve laughed his head off at that last part).
When DJ was drafted by the Chiefs, I had never heard of Arrowhead Pride.
Certain players stick with you more than others for reasons beyond their greatness (and DJ was, indeed, great. Not good… GREAT). With DJ, it’s not just about how great he became. It was about the journey that he went through to get there. We got to watch it happen.


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