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DT4everaChief
09-10-2004, 09:00 PM
I met Cal Ripken Jr a few years ago and he was totally cool.

AZORChiefFan
09-10-2004, 09:06 PM
Will Sheilds a really nice guy.

Sure-Oz
09-10-2004, 09:06 PM
My mom has met a few when working at her school...
She met Leslie O'neal, Donnell Bennett, Derrick Thomas (at a signing), Tamarick Vanover(at a jewelery store in indep.) again at Hy-Vee for a signing, Terry Shumpert(former Royal util man). She told me they were all very nice and kind, esp Leslie O'neal and Vanover. My mom has met more athletes then me, I just met Vanover at the Hy-vee signing. My grandma was a very close friend of george bretts and worked with the royals back when they were real good, she always talked about George. I miss her alot too, always brought royals stuff for me and the other kids during grandparents day. :(

Iowanian
09-10-2004, 09:16 PM
Frank White.

Thig Lyfe
09-10-2004, 09:17 PM
Buck O'Neill. Without a doubt.

Tony Richardson is incredibly nice as well.

siberian khatru
09-10-2004, 09:17 PM
Stan Smith (tennis great from the 70s)
Ben Crenshaw (pro golfer)
Edwin Bailey (former Seattle Seahawks guard)

Phobia
09-10-2004, 09:18 PM
Art Still and Dan Saleamua are a couple of my favorites. Not only are they incredibly nice, but they're a hoot as well.

Jan Stenrud was by far the most gracious of all the athletes I've met. He stopped talking to a couple of his former teammates and took and introduction from Walter White, then listened intently to everything I had to say about 37 Forever. I felt like he was sincere and genuinely cared what I was saying. A lot of athletes appear as though they're going through the motions and can't wait until you'll shutup and go away. Willie Lanier - the most uncool of them all. I jerk his chain every chance I get now. At the 101 banquet in March, I kept calling him Bobbie Bell. :D He did not find it nearly as humorous as I did.

Kimble Anders is near the top, too.

Skip Towne
09-10-2004, 09:18 PM
John Riggins. He used to come to Emporia and buy dope from me. He was nice to me.

ChiefsFanatic
09-10-2004, 09:18 PM
Frank White was really nice. Deron Cherry was also very nice.

Derrick Blaylock is nice, except for the fact that he doesn't have the decency to tip his pizza delivery guy. That is NO tip, not a dollar, not even the change.

Kimble Anders is also real nice.

KcMizzou
09-10-2004, 09:19 PM
John Riggins. He used to come to Emporia and buy dope from me. He was nice to me.ROFL wow.

Nzoner
09-10-2004, 09:27 PM
Harry Carsons(former NY Giant)
Priest Holmes
DeRon Cherry

Scaga
09-10-2004, 09:30 PM
I met Magic Johnson in Vegas about 10 years ago. He was a really cool guy, but I didn't understand why he kept dropping stuff on the ground. :hmmm:

Makes a lot more sense now...

Iowanian
09-10-2004, 09:32 PM
Trying to look up your skirt, skag?

kcfanintitanhell
09-10-2004, 09:37 PM
I was playing a gig down on the Plaza back in '88, I think. The Yankees were in town playing the Royals and they had an afternoon game. Halfway through our show all these guys from the Yankees start coming in the place. During a break, I was sitting at the bar, and the bartender brings over a beer, and says " the guy sitting across from you bought this." I look across the bar, and Ron Guidry is sitting there, smiling and lifting his glass. So I went over and started talking with him, and suggested, being that I had only one set left to play, if he wanted to hang around and go out and hoist a few after I got done. He said yea, so we went to Westport and got rather trashed. I tried to pay for at least one drink at Blaney's and he said no, he's buying, cuz he has to spend that 175 bucks per diem somewhere. Got to hear some great stories about about the 77 and 78 Yankees and got him back to his hotel about 4 hours after curfew, to which he said, "F**k Pineila"! Who was the Yankee manager at the time.
Not a huge Yankee fan, but I thought Ron Guidry was a helluva pitcher.

Demonpenz
09-10-2004, 09:39 PM
i heard barry bonds is cool

Thig Lyfe
09-10-2004, 09:39 PM
i heard barry bonds is cool

ROFL

J Diddy
09-10-2004, 09:46 PM
T rich

definitely T rich...

Skip Towne
09-10-2004, 09:49 PM
ROFL wow.
It's true. I always wondered why he couldn't find it in Lawrence. I think he could have but he got to meet more girls this way. At the time (1972) Emporia was the pot capital of Kansas.

David.
09-10-2004, 09:51 PM
Rich Gannon was cool to me when I met him. I asked for his sig, and a picture, and he was all like...."k"

Thig Lyfe
09-10-2004, 09:52 PM
Rich Gannon was cool to me when I met him. I asked for his sig, and a picture, and he was all like...."k"

...and then he shivved me...

J Diddy
09-10-2004, 09:54 PM
Frank White was really nice. Deron Cherry was also very nice.

Derrick Blaylock is nice, except for the fact that he doesn't have the decency to tip his pizza delivery guy. That is NO tip, not a dollar, not even the change.

Kimble Anders is also real nice.


Then to me Blaylock is dead.

GO Larry, come on you don't f#$king play for pitt no more

I bet Larry tips.

tommykat
09-10-2004, 09:55 PM
Dan Saleaumua....................was cool and friendly, T Rich is a class act.

Phobia
09-10-2004, 09:56 PM
Rich Gannon was cool to me when I met him. I asked for his sig, and a picture, and he was all like...."k"

Did he pat you on the head or bounce you on his knee? That's what he does to all the little children.

David.
09-10-2004, 09:57 PM
Did he pat you on the head or bounce you on his knee? That's what he does to all the little children.

actually one of the other guys who signed his name "mad dog" put me on his shoulder. He was friggin huge. I gotta pic.

Nelson Muntz
09-10-2004, 10:00 PM
For me personally Art Still has definitely been the coolest I've met, though Danan Hughes and Henry Baker (?) were extremely cool during our local Chiefs vs, firefighters basketball games. They usually have 3 older players and 3 newer players and they'll play a game and sign autographs during halftime and after the game. They're usually all extremely nice.

My brother met Tony Richardson at the Independence, KS Walmart and said he was very nice. He even got me an autographed picture cuz my brother said I was such a big fan.

J Diddy
09-10-2004, 10:01 PM
Did he pat you on the head or bounce you on his knee? That's what he does to all the little children.

Dude I'm 30 this month, but next to Gannon I'm a child.

Monty
09-10-2004, 10:17 PM
Steve DeBerg.

My expectation was that I would just say hi and thank him for his days as a Chief, but it turned into a 30 minute conversation about anything and everything non-Chiefs related. Very cool guy and quite a bit more intelligent than I had expected him to be. :thumb:

Ultra Peanut
09-10-2004, 10:17 PM
Luis Gonzalez. Extremely nice guy.

dilligaf
09-10-2004, 10:34 PM
Havent met any pro athletes. But last year at the Bills game, we were at the railing where the players come out of the tunnel and the only one who would shake hands was Fujita. I thought that was cool.

Chiefaholic
09-10-2004, 10:48 PM
I had a long conversation with the great Jesse Haynes the summer in which he was compared to Barry Sanders and such. He was really cool even though he never panned out.

We met Ernie Shavers (heavyweight boxer in the 70's) who signed an autograph for us. Then we had a rather lenthy conversation about a variety of topics ranging from some of his most memorable fights to my kids playing a variety of sports. He even posed for a picture acting as if I was giving him an uppercut and another with my youngest daughter (around 3-4 at the time) sitting on his knee.

I talked to Donnie Edwards a few times coming out of Arrowhead. I have several of his autographs and knew he wanted to play for the Bolts long befor he even become a free agent. His family lives there and he grew up there as a Bolt fan. So it was only fitting that he got to play for the team he grew up a fan of as a kid.

KChiefsQT
09-10-2004, 10:49 PM
Joe Montana

grandllama
09-10-2004, 10:54 PM
Rick Sutcliffe - great to party with

Neil Smith - great to talk about anything but football (once you learn the Neilbonics) ROFL

Derrick Thomas - Him and Neil were great guys to be around on Mondays after games down at Perry Foster's old place... never once talked football with him...

jspchief
09-10-2004, 11:03 PM
Tommy Morrison (boxer)...but he was nice to me in a strange way.

One year down at Padre Island on spring break, Tommy Gunn and his buddy stole some girls from us at a bar (star-struck sluts). A few years later he went public that he had AIDS...so I like to think that he saved me from AIDS that night. What a nice guy.

AeroSquid
09-10-2004, 11:22 PM
Hands down Marcus Allen, nicest guy ever.

Cochise
09-10-2004, 11:25 PM
I met Christian Okoye a long time ago, at a signing and he was really nice. I realize he was huge, but to a kid in the 5th or 6th grade, Okoye looked like a freakin' mountain. He was very nice, I asked him questions kids would ask like if it hurt when he got tackled ("only a little") and if he was used to the cold, since it was cold outside that day (said he "could never get used to the cold here").

I dunno, I guess he didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but he was very nice, indulged the questions of a starstruck little kid, smiling and laughing the whole time. Seemed like a great guy.

jspchief
09-10-2004, 11:34 PM
I met Christian Okoye a long time ago, at a signing and he was really nice. I realize he was huge, but to a kid in the 5th or 6th grade, Okoye looked like a freakin' mountain. He was very nice, I asked him questions kids would ask like if it hurt when he got tackled ("only a little") and if he was used to the cold, since it was cold outside that day (said he "could never get used to the cold here").

I dunno, I guess he didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but he was very nice, indulged the questions of a starstruck little kid, smiling and laughing the whole time. Seemed like a great guy.

Funny, I met Okoye about 8 years ago. We were at a bar and I bought him a drink (he was in town for some kids fest). He started out pretty nice, but it didn't take long for me to realize he was an asshole. Apparently he thought he was pretty big sh*t in little 'ol Des Moines, IA.

KcMizzou
09-10-2004, 11:36 PM
Funny, I met Okoye about 8 years ago. We were at a bar and I bought him a drink (he was in town for some kids fest). He started out pretty nice, but it didn't take long for me to realize he was an asshole. Apparently he thought he was pretty big sh*t in little 'ol Des Moines, IA. Okoye's one of the few I've met. He was very cool.

Mr. Kotter
09-10-2004, 11:39 PM
Dante Hall.....he raced my 8 yr old; and let him win.... :thumb:

Ultra Peanut
09-10-2004, 11:40 PM
Would you guys like an autographed 8x10?

KcMizzou
09-10-2004, 11:42 PM
Would you guys like an autographed 8x10?No.

Thank you, drive through.

TheNextStep
09-11-2004, 12:16 AM
Sammy Davis, CB, Chargers. He and my best friend had a few classes together at A&M and hit it off. One weekend we had a barbecue and Sammy came out. We sat on the front porch and talked for a couple of hours. Met him again later, ate lunch at a bar and grill the local sports show was broadcasting out of (and he appeared on) and he was every bit as cool that time as the first. Just a really nice, really humble guy.

Demonpenz
09-11-2004, 12:22 AM
i saw okoye and eric dickerson out at kelly's the other day, Dickerson claimed he wasn't dickerson to my friend, but of course it was.

2bikemike
09-11-2004, 12:23 AM
My Wife and I were introduced to Donnie Edwards while he was still a Chief. Donnie used to date a friend from works cousin. We met him after a game in San Diego before they left the stadium. He spent quite a bit of time talking to my wife and I. He then went to visit his Grandfather and then came back to talk to us again just before boarding the bus.

He was really a nice guy.

Joe Seahawk
09-11-2004, 12:34 AM
Tits Mickelson

ChiefsFanatic
09-11-2004, 12:40 AM
Then to me Blaylock is dead.

GO Larry, come on you don't f#$king play for pitt no more

I bet Larry tips.

Well, I still root for Blaylock when he is in uniform, but any pro athlete should tip. It has been suggested to me that maybe he doesn't even know that he should tip. Maybe.

I have been stiffed by Neil Smith, but I have also been tipped pretty good by Neil. When I was a kid, Steve Balboni tipped me $20 on a $10 order. Back then I didn't care if I got tipped at all, 'cause we got cash for our miles.

Now that I have had real jobs, been downsized twice, and went back to college, it means more to me. (and to my higher education fund)

Phobia
09-11-2004, 12:42 AM
Well, I still root for Blaylock when he is in uniform, but any pro athlete should tip. It has been suggested to me that maybe he doesn't even know that he should tip. Maybe.

Everybody should tip. Especially people who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to play a game.

AZORChiefFan
09-11-2004, 01:47 AM
Frank White used to be the Insurance Agent where my dad used to work. This was before he was hired as a coach or whatever for the Royals.

My cousin wrote the Royals to see if they would send a couple of players to see my dad when he was sick with cancer. They didn't do that they sent an hat autographed by Frank White instead. To bad it came a day or so after my dads funeral.

Fred Barnett used to "date" my manager while he was still married she also "dated" Will Shields and Vince Coleman. Boy she was a whore.

Saulbadguy
09-11-2004, 05:54 AM
The guy in my sig.

I think Shawn Barber was the biggest asshole i've met, though.

jcl-kcfan2
09-11-2004, 06:39 AM
Jerome Woods

After the Texans game, he gave my son his gloves, then out waiting afterwards for signatures (my son is one of Dante's biggest fans) he signs my sons cap and I get to talk to him for about 5 minutes.
Super nice guy.

(My son finally got Dante's sig too.)

Braincase
09-11-2004, 06:52 AM
Jayice Pearson.

Dartgod
09-11-2004, 07:22 AM
Played golf with Fred Arbanas once. Super nice guy. I was playing like crap, but he kept telling me, "nice shot, Bob". So he was either really nice or a crappy golfer.

tomahawk kid
09-11-2004, 07:29 AM
For me, it's Bobby Bell.

I've met Bobby on more that one occasion and the guy is always very nice and seems like he genuinely likes interacting with Chiefs fans.

Also, Curtis McClinton sat behind my wife and I @ the Chiefs / Rams pre-season game a few weeks ago. The guy was a true gentlemen and we talked about the current Chiefs team as well as playing for "The Mentor" and winning a Championship. Truly a great experience.

tomahawk kid
09-11-2004, 07:30 AM
The guy in my sig.

I think Shawn Barber was the biggest asshole i've met, though.

Expand.

Thig Lyfe
09-11-2004, 07:35 AM
Would you guys like an autographed 8x10?

Glossy?

Ultra Peanut
09-11-2004, 07:50 AM
Glossy?Heh heh, n00b doesn't get it.

PastorMikH
09-11-2004, 07:55 AM
Probably the closest I have come to meeting a Pro Athlete was Doug Smith when I/he was at MU (and before he was a pro BB Player). Friend and I got to Brewer Field House before him and got the last goal and were shooting around. He walks in and sits down next to our court and waits for one to open up. I was thinking at the time he looked familiar but wasn't placing him (probably because he came in and sat down before I noticed him) - we asked him if he wanted to shoot around with us. He declined. When a court cleared and he stood up, I knew who he was and my friend and I had a good laugh about it. As far as nice, don't really know. He probably treated us just like he treated every other acne-faced, poor basketpall-playing kids.

Baby Lee
09-11-2004, 08:02 AM
I met Magic Johnson in Vegas about 10 years ago. He was a really cool guy, but I didn't understand why he kept dropping stuff on the ground. :hmmm:

Makes a lot more sense now...
non sequitur theater here, but Howard Stern making fun of The Magic Johnson Show back when it was on was some of the funniest radio I've ever heard. Nice guy I'm sure, but that was a truly awful show. Even Chevy Chase was cringing.

Baby Lee
09-11-2004, 08:06 AM
Who is the nicest pro athlete you have ever met.
Hands down.

tomahawk kid
09-11-2004, 08:10 AM
Hands down.

That's friggin awesome, man.

Sweetness was the man.

Brock
09-11-2004, 08:12 AM
Hands down.

Wow, you're a handsome brother. Who's the pasty dude standing there with you?

Baby Lee
09-11-2004, 08:19 AM
Wow, you're a handsome brother. Who's the pasty dude standing there with you?
I can't remember. I just remember all the honeys clamoring for his massive cock. :thumb:

PaulB
09-11-2004, 08:24 AM
I used to work in the sports media and found Julius Erving a very classy interview; ditto for hockey player Ray Bourque.

Bowser
09-11-2004, 08:53 AM
Tony Richardson is super nice. And I've delivered to Arrowhead a couple of times (you would not believe the volume of free shoes these guys get!), and Todd McNair would always come up and start joking around. It was the year he came back from the Oilers. I was usually too star struck to come back with a godd smart assed jab.

Ari Chi3fs
09-11-2004, 08:54 AM
well as a kid, both Bret Saberhagen and Kevin Seitzer wanted to kick my ass. Three friends and I used to hold arms and create a wall so the players couldnt get out of the fenced in gate where they park at Kaufman, until they gave us an autograph...

Saberhagen tried to run us down with his suburban, I called his an ASSHOLE!! and he stopped the truck, got out, got in my 14 year old face, and wanted to kick my ass.... told me to shut my fuggin mouth, and I told him to kiss my ass. He was livid. I was rolling, I wanted him to punch me, I would have gotten paid.

Seitzer... heh. A friend of mine and me were one of the concrete block squares between the stadiums... we were in teh staircase where the players come up into the fenced in parking lot... and we were getting everyones autograph as they walked up the staircase...

EVERYONE signed, Bo Jackson, Gary Thurman, Frank White, Brett... Floyd Bannister... tons of people... well Seitzer comes walking up with his smoking hot wife... he wouldnt sign, so I whistled and made a lewd comment about his hot wife... next thing I know he was in my face wanting to kick my ass... then he goes, Im getting security... so we run down the staircase, and hide in a large area where they warehouse the beer... Security found us... and escorted us out of the stadium with threats of trespassing. It was classic.

tonyetony
09-11-2004, 08:57 AM
Played golf with Art Still Last year and He was a super nice dude. Our other playing partner was an X Chief and X bronco named Tony Reed, I still don't know much about his playing career, but he was funny as hell and friendly.

Barry Sanders is so shy and unassuming you could read him wrong but once you approach him and talk to him you realize you're talking to a high quality nice guy.

And believe it or not Reggie Jackson is a helluva nice guy,and I HATE the Yankees.

My Biggest Asshole award goes to Jim Palmer, Let me tell you this guy is an arrogant prick.

Thig Lyfe
09-11-2004, 09:00 AM
well as a kid, both Bret Saberhagen and Kevin Seitzer wanted to kick my ass. Three friends and I used to hold arms and create a wall so the players couldnt get out of the fenced in gate where they park at Kaufman, until they gave us an autograph...

Saberhagen tried to run us down with his suburban, I called his an ASSHOLE!! and he stopped the truck, got out, got in my 14 year old face, and wanted to kick my ass.... told me to shut my fuggin mouth, and I told him to kiss my ass. He was livid. I was rolling, I wanted him to punch me, I would have gotten paid.

Seitzer... heh. A friend of mine and me were one of the concrete block squares between the stadiums... we were in teh staircase where the players come up into the fenced in parking lot... and we were getting everyones autograph as they walked up the staircase...

EVERYONE signed, Bo Jackson, Gary Thurman, Frank White, Brett... Floyd Bannister... tons of people... well Seitzer comes walking up with his smoking hot wife... he wouldnt sign, so I whistled and made a lewd comment about his hot wife... next thing I know he was in my face wanting to kick my ass... then he goes, Im getting security... so we run down the staircase, and hide in a large area where they warehouse the beer... Security found us... and escorted us out of the stadium with threats of trespassing. It was classic.

ROFL

Rain Man
09-11-2004, 10:03 AM
I don't think I've ever met a celebrity. I've seen a few, but I always felt weird about going up and talking to them. I usually kinda figure that they'd rather be left alone, so I do.

When I go out and pretend I'm John Lithgow, I'm a real jerk, though.

ChiefsFanatic
09-11-2004, 10:12 AM
Played golf with Fred Arbanas once. Super nice guy. I was playing like crap, but he kept telling me, "nice shot, Bob". So he was either really nice or a crappy golfer.

Maybe you were standing on his blind side.

jagerdrinker
09-11-2004, 10:16 AM
Jack Nicklaus, for sure.

Dr. Facebook Fever
09-11-2004, 11:06 AM
Frank White.
ditto. There's none nicer.

AZORChiefFan
09-11-2004, 12:39 PM
A freind of mine worked as a porter for a Toyota Dealership in KC. He brought a 4 Runner around for the customer. Talks to customer for a couple of minutes. Customer leaves. My friends coworkers asked him if he knew who that was, he didn't. Turned out to be Marcus Allen. I wanted to kick him after hearing that.

ChiefsOne
09-11-2004, 02:59 PM
Dave Szott with out a doubt!

My family went to his charity event for my daughters birthday, same as his sons. It was in a room in Arrowhead, with Szott, T-Rich, Grunny and McGlocktin. All were great except Chester, kind of dick and acted like it was pain in the ass for him to be there.

Szott took the backstage tour, in the locker rooms and out on the field with he and his wife. The players signed stuff for us and gave my daughter an autographed shirt for her birthday. On the tour she sat it down on the field and remembered when we were leaving the stadium. Szott took me and my daughter all over the stadium again to find it. Really cool. Two years later when we were at training camp, he recognized us, and came up and talked to us, he even remember us by name!

Great Guy!!!