Thorp, Wisconsin and Safety

The Kansas City Chiefs have a proud football tradition. With all of the great players to don the Chief's red, who holds the record for most tackles in a season?

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By Matt Forck

Pennwell web 153 200The Kansas City Chiefs have a proud football tradition. With all of the great players to don the Chief's red, who holds the record for most tackles in a season?

Growing up in Thorp, Wis., population 1,657, Mike thought he could be about as good at football as any farm-raised kid from small town America. He would probably never be an NFL leader, but maybe with luck he could play college ball; that is what he worked toward—college football. After all-state honors as a high school player Mike did play football at the next level, at the Division III college of Wisconsin La Crosse. It was after achieving this goal that he set a new one—NFL player. He measured his achievements, workouts and competition—not against other Division III college players but against NFL players.

In 1997, after college he walked into the San Diego Chargers training camp—they cut him. He played in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe until the Kansas City Chiefs signed him as a long snapper in 1999. With his foot in the door he began pushing for a special teams spot. Then he worked even harder—he wanted playing time as a backup linebacker. Finally, an injury lead to a starting role in the linebacker position and Mike has never looked back. In 2002 Mike Maslowski, an undersized and slow (by linebacker standards) football player, set the Chief's single season tackle record, a mark that had stood since 1979.

Today, be like Mike—set a goal and push hard for its success. While on the clock, set the goal to be injury free and work hard to make it happen. It won't be easy—there will be obstacles; but when things are hard remember a farm boy from Thorp, Wis. — you can do it too!


About the Author: Matt Forck, CSP & JLW, is a leading voice in safety. Matt keynotes conferences and consults industry on safety's most urgent topics such as safety awareness, employee engagement and motivation, cultural alignment, accountability and leadership. To learn more about Matt, book a presentation or download free safety tools, go to www.thesafetysoul.org.

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