Why Kansas City Chiefs are the perfect fit for Louis Rees-Zammit on and off the field


To describe the Kansas City Chiefs as the perfect landing spot for Louis Rees-Zammit is no understatement. The former Wales wing will now be shadowing one of the great coaching minds in the National Football League in Andy Reid, and potentially playing alongside a quarterback in Patrick Mahomes who in six seasons as a starter has been to four Super Bowls, winning three.

The use of ‘potentially’ is deliberate, with Rees-Zammit needing to pull off a quite remarkable crash course in the NFL in order to make the final 53-man roster at the end of August. He unquestionably has the athletic ability to do so – the challenge is absorbing all of the concepts and routes and terminology that comes with playing at a level which thousands of college players fall short of reaching each year, having devoted themselves to the game their whole lives.

Such is the beauty of the NFL’s International Player Pathway, the 10-week programme Rees-Zammit quit rugby to participate in back in January before performing a number of drills in front of NFL scouts in Florida last week. Rees-Zammit visited with the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Denver Broncos before signing with the Chiefs.

LRZ told me he was disappointed with his time in the 4.4s and said he’s run in the 4.2s and 4.3s

— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) March 20, 2024

He could not be joining Kansas City Chiefs at a more interesting time, not only because of their outstanding success under Reid and Mahomes but also the extra attention that now comes with every Chiefs game given Travis Kelce’s relationship with Taylor Swift. Kelce’s shirt sales went up by 400 per cent last season and interest in the team in the United States has arguably never been higher, which is saying something when you consider their success in 1970 winning Super Bowl IV under coach Hank Stram with quarterback Len Dawson.

Travis Kelce’s relationship with Taylor Swift has sent interest in the Chiefs through the roof – Getty Images/Ezra Shaw

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Author : The Telegraph

Publish date : 2024-03-28 14:26:25

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