Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Two-time Super Bowl champion Anthony Pleasant spoke words of inspiration to the state champion Northview Chiefs Monday night during their annual football banquet.
March 5, 2013
Champions are special, Pleasant told the young men, and champions should work to fulfill the role. “You guys are champs,” he told the Chiefs, “You have won the state championship, conduct yourselves as champions.”
Acting like a champion means respecting authority, the Century native said, “because you can’t get there if you do not respect authority.”
Pleasant said relationships are key in life, and bridges should never be burned. A team, the Super Bowl champ said, is a group of unselfish players that do not look out only for their own interests, but for those of their teammates.”
Pleasant encouraged the Chiefs players to pursue their dreams, whether or not those dreams include football.
“Not everyone will be a professional ball player, but whatever your passion – follow it, pursue your passion.”
Pleasant is a former pro football player selected in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. During his 14 year NFL career, Pleasant played for the Browns, the Baltimore Ravens, the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots. He played a total of 202 NFL games and racked up 58 sacks and two interceptions. The 1986 Century High School graduate earned two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots.
Pleasant is currently the defensive line coach for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.