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Kilgore Looks to Catch on with Hometown Team

The former Northwest linebacker is in his second NFL training camp.

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) For most fans, a day at training camp is a time to relax, and enjoy practice.

That's not the case for Brenda Kilgore.

"It's pretty intense," Kilgore said. "I want to see every move. I want to know what's going on."

Brenda is the mother of Chad Kilgore, a former All-American linebacker at Northwest Missouri State looking to catch on with the Chiefs.

"As far as NFL dreams go, and places I'd like to play, I'm at the perfect spot," Chad said.

And his mom couldn't be more excited.

"It just gives me goose bumps," Brenda said. "My baby. It's just unbelievable."



Kilgore played his high school football at Excelsior Springs, just 30 miles from Arrowhead Stadium, and grew up rooting for the Chiefs.

"I had little Chiefs costumes that I'd dress up in," Chad said recalling his childhood.

"That was his Halloween costume that he just wore the rest of the year," Brenda said.


Chad spend the 2012 training camp in Napa, California with the Raiders, but didn't make the final cut.

This off-season, just prior to beginning a football career in Canada, the Chiefs brought him in. Now he's looking to stick as he works through his second NFL camp.

"I've had more of an opportunity to get adjusted to the NFL game. I can learn from the vets. I've had more time to pick up on what they're doing, and just learn the details of the NFL game."

"He's an underdog," Brenda said. "But we just feel like if he got the snaps -- which are hard to come by -- he could make some noise.

As Chad makes a push toward one of the 53 spots on the Chiefs roster, he'll do it with his support group nearby.

"I think it's more of a comfort for me having family and friends here, people that are cheering for me."

"It is amazing that he is in the NFL right now at all," Brenda said. "And then to be our hometown team is unbelievable."
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