View Full Version : Chiefs like what they see in rookie back

Pitt Gorilla
06-23-2005, 02:31 PM
The Kansas City Star
The video was sitting somewhere in a pile, lost in the shuffle of the 2005 draft. Truth is, there was nothing remarkable about it. Sam Gado is running. He looks strong and fast. He’s the third-string running back at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

The story could end there, with the video filed in a circular basket, only Gado’s coach is former NFL quarterback Ken Karcher. He’s an old friend of Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders. He’s persistent. In the last phone call, Karcher says something that sticks in Saunders’ head.

“I guarantee you that Sam Gado will bless your life as well as the lives of others in that organization,” he says.

There are nearly 20 rookies in Kansas City for a final week of workouts, but coach Dick Vermeil knows which one is Gado. He’s the one standing outside, in 90-degree heat, smiling.

The undrafted rookie didn’t just make it out of the video scrap heap. Both Vermeil and Saunders say Gado was so impressive during offseason workouts that he has a shot of sticking around past training camp.

“He has exceeded our expectations in every area,” Saunders says.

“He’s just a ball of energy.”

He’s 210 pounds of pep, he’s an honors student who wants to go back to his home in Nigeria and someday be a doctor, but Samkon Gado wants you to know one thing — he wasn’t always this sky-high. Gado never dominated in college. He was supposed to redshirt in 2004 before Liberty’s top two running backs got hurt.

But college production doesn’t always translate to NFL potential, and Karcher says Gado’s best days are still ahead of him. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash for the Patriots, and is deceptively strong. The Chiefs list him at 5 foot 11 and 210 pounds. Karcher says Gado actually weighs 225.

Gado was nicknamed “The Nigerian Nightmare” in high school after his boyhood idol, Christian Okoye. Karcher says Gado reminds him of a faster, smaller Okoye. But all the praise couldn’t help Gado’s jitters when he packed for Kansas City. He played football at a small high school, then was relegated to backup duty at a Division I-AA college. And now he was going to Kansas City to work out with a team that had Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson.

“That was in the back of my mind,” Gado says. “I mean, if I couldn’t start at Liberty …

“I think the best advice I got was from Coach Karcher. He told me the fact that I came down here, that they expressed interest, means I belong. It would not be in my best interest to go in thinking, ‘Wow, that’s Priest Holmes.’ Don’t get me wrong, the first day I couldn’t believe it that there was Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez and Trent Green, people I grew up watching and admiring. But then I had to get over that quickly. Within a matter of minutes.”

Liberty, Gado says, is a Christian school where a football player has three objectives — glorifying God, becoming the best student in the classroom, and, last in the order, excelling at football. He ran for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns on 138 carries as a senior. He also averaged 26.9 yards a kickoff return.

He didn’t always want to play football. Soccer was the sport of choice in Nigeria, and Gado was a midfielder before he moved to the United States at age 9. His buddies played football in the United States, so Gado had to try. He spent a couple of years convincing his dad he would hold up OK despite the physicality of the sport.

In the nights after a long practice, Gado will call Karcher, who’s an expert on hope and longshots. Karcher played behind John Elway in Denver. He says Gado’s in a perfect spot because there’s no pressure on him. He can learn from Holmes and Johnson. He can go to NFL Europe, if necessary, and earn experience.

But Karcher, who recently came to Kansas City to watch Gado work out, knows his pupil will make it in the NFL. He almost guarantees it.

“I’ve played with guys who weren’t as good as him,” he says.

It’s obvious Saunders has a soft spot for Gado. He spent nearly 10 minutes talking about the rookie Wednesday, and at one point said the Chiefs are better off with Gado around this summer.

He isn’t going anywhere. Today marks the last rookie workout, but Gado will stay until just before training camp, when the players are no longer permitted at the practice facility. He doesn’t want to leave anything to chance. He says it’s a win-win situation, but admits he’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t make it.

“Honestly, wouldn’t you smile if you were here?” he says. “I mean, you get to play football for an occupation. That’s almost ridiculous.”

06-23-2005, 02:33 PM
3rd string running back?

Ultra Peanut
06-23-2005, 02:34 PM
Like Scanlon, only better!

06-23-2005, 02:34 PM

Dr. Johnny Fever
06-23-2005, 02:37 PM
Sam Gado is gonna re-define the RB position on his way to the Hall of Fame.

How do you say his last name?

Dr. Johnny Fever
06-23-2005, 02:38 PM
Is it GAY-DOE or GAD-OE or GAH-DOE??????

Thig Lyfe
06-23-2005, 02:41 PM
Sam Gado is going to have more special teams tackles than Rich Scanlon. You heard it hear first.

06-23-2005, 02:42 PM

About all I could find.

Eh, I like him. What the hell, if I can pimp 0dd T0dd I can pimp a Gado...


Ultra Peanut
06-23-2005, 02:43 PM
Is it GAY-DOE or GAD-OE or GAH-DOE??????I went with the latter.

Ultra Peanut
06-23-2005, 02:46 PM
<img src="http://www.fresnodog.com/bbs/albums/userpics/10001/cculibsamgado.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 275px; border: 0" alt="" />

Dr. Johnny Fever
06-23-2005, 02:47 PM
I went with the latter.
It's Gay-doe in my head. nttawwt.

Ultra Peanut
06-23-2005, 02:49 PM
It's Gay-doe in my head. nttawwt.Well, they are the Flames...

06-23-2005, 02:52 PM
It's Gay-doe in my head. nttawwt.

I'm going with "God-0..."

Thig Lyfe
06-23-2005, 02:52 PM
It's Gay-doe in my head. nttawwt.

06-23-2005, 02:54 PM
Owie owie Gado Mr. Roboto

tomahawk kid
06-23-2005, 02:55 PM
"Hungy Mahn Po Pie"

KC Kings
06-23-2005, 02:57 PM
What a great article. Prepare for a Chiefsplanet Ghey-do lovefest, ala Scanlon and Boomer style.

06-23-2005, 02:57 PM
REPOST ****ERS!!!!



06-23-2005, 02:58 PM
REPOST ****ERS!!!!



Sorry, I'm new here...

KC Kings
06-23-2005, 03:02 PM
I've never heard of the kid, but he sounds tasty!


ga·do ga·do (gä'dō gä'dō)
An Indonesian salad of mixed vegetables dressed with a peanut and coconut milk sauce.

[Indonesian, from menggado, to eat side dishes without rice.]

Pitt Gorilla
06-23-2005, 03:17 PM
Gado once beat Rich Scanlon within an inch of his life. He then nursed Rich back to full strength, only to beat him again.

06-23-2005, 04:34 PM
Domo Ori Gado Mr. Roboto

Fixed your joke for 'ya. :thumb:

LiL stumppy
06-23-2005, 05:12 PM
I think they may like him because of his attitude too.Not cocky or anything like that.

Hammock Parties
06-23-2005, 05:22 PM
Gado once beat Rich Scanlon within an inch of his life. He then nursed Rich back to full strength, only to beat him again.


And since he's Nigerian, I'm pretty sure it's "God-O".

06-23-2005, 07:00 PM


06-23-2005, 07:05 PM
Hes the next, Jessie Haynes!

Skip Towne
06-23-2005, 07:27 PM
Sorry, I'm new here...
Damn n00bs. :cuss:

T-post Tom
06-23-2005, 10:35 PM
Hes the next, Jessie Haynes!

More than you think: Gado is the bastard butt baby of Brian Shay and Jessie Haynes. How's that for a pedigree?