Chiefs Hall of Famer visits


Neil Smith visits ESU footballHornet football alums arrange Chiefs Hall of Famer visit 

A spring-season pep talk isn’t anything new for ESU Hornet football team members. But the credentials of one of the presenters this spring definitely caught students’ attention.

Six-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith spent an evening with Hornet football team members in April, encouraging the athletes to pay attention to their surroundings, make wise decisions, and minimize opportunities for trouble to find them.

Smith played for two Super Bowl championship Denver Broncos teams and spent nine years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Two Hornet football alumni, Kevin Regan (BS ‘77-Sociology/Anthropology), Kansas City, Mo., and Gary Baker (FS), Overland Park, arranged Smith’s visit.

“I told them one of the hardest things I’ve done in my career is to have to walk the straight line for so long,” Smith told an Emporia Gazette reporter.

Hornet offensive lineman Kameron Neal, Wichita, saw his teammates engrossed in Smith’s words. “This is a really positive thing to have someone come talk to you, someone who’s been there and can give you advice to help keep you rooted on the right path,” Neal observed.