John Dorsey’s introduction on Monday as the Chiefs new general manager was a home run, beginning when he took to the mic.
“This has been a seven-day journey, and it has been awesome,” Dorsey admitted.
The sure passion and excitement of the team’s sixth GM in franchise history couldn’t be hidden and almost overshadowed the words he spoke next.
“I humbly stand here today (Monday) and I accept the challenges and responsibilities of my duties,” Dorsey continued.
“I consider the (Chiefs) franchise one of the crown jewels in the National Football League, because you have an owner that is willing to win, a fan base that is as passionate and loyal as all of sports, a support staff that is willing to roll up its selves and do the little things in order for this franchise to succeed and the rich history of this organization.”
Dorsey’s introduction speech was a lot like him, genuine and full of purpose, which began at a very young age.
“It probably comes from when I was a kid and the work ethic that my father instilled in me,” Dorsey proudly stated.
“I like to wake up every morning and see if I can make a contribution because you want to get better every day in life. If you can work on the little things and achieve something special every day, then you are going to get a little bit better.”
Dorsey’s hard work ethic is already in action and as for the next few days and weeks to come, let’s just say he’s busy.
“Today (Monday), when I came into the office, I sat down with our personnel staff for an hour just to do an overview for where they are, where I am and where we are going to be in the next few months,” Dorsey shared.
“I still think that this week, we need to first evaluate the team. We need to put a plan together for free agency. We have to put a plan together for our draft meetings. We need to put a plan together for how the coaching staff, philosophically, is with players.”
Ultimately, the game plan for Dorsey, Clark Hunt and head coach Andy Reid is the same.
“We are here to win and we are going to do our job,” Dorsey professed.
“I promise to do everything within my God-given ability to ensure that we have as competitive of a team as anybody in the National Football League and I want to remind them (fans) to please be patient, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
It’s kind of funny how things that are meant to be, come full circle. Addressing media questions about what the Chiefs will do with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dorsey responded by saying the team will “Pick the best available player,” which is what he did nearly two decades ago, ultimately landing Dorsey (and his family) into his new role.
“This is my dream job,” Dorsey acknowledged. “It always has been. Ever since I met my wife (Tricia, a KU grad) in 1993, I’ve dreamt about being the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs franchise.”
Now the Chiefs Kingdom is invited to join the dream that continues, restoring a proud franchise and reaping the benefits that come with it.