Chiefs’ poem – “The Overcomer of Great Odds: A Tribute Poem for former Chiefs player, J. J. Birden”

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Chiefs Kingdom – 

Sometime last winter, I got to interact on Twitter with former Chiefs’ WR, J. J. Birden (who played in KC from 1990-91 to 1994-95, during the Joe Montana years.  I have made it a personal promise that for any former Chiefs’ player who friends me on Twitter, I will write a tribute poem for him.  Here is my long-overdue tribute to J. J. Birden.  And the more I learned of him, the more inspired and encouraged I was.  I’m sure you will be, too. – 3rdnlong.

“The Overcomer of Great Odds: A Tribute Poem for former Chiefs player, J. J. Birden”

In honor of a former great
Who wore the Arrowhead with pride,
A tribute let all Chiefs fans state
For J. J. Birden who odds defied.

A smaller man but large in heart,
J. J. had to stand his ground.
At five foot ten he stood his part,
His weight?  157 pounds!

But fleet of foot and sure of hand,
J. J. knew he had the skill
To play division 1 as planned.
Still, getting there was all uphill.

 

Too many said, “Just give up, man.”
Too many wouldn’t hear him out.
Too many just threw up their hands.
For they all just assumed with doubt.

How could a man this size go play?
But J. J. only persevered.
With ears tuned out to what they’d say,
He pushed until that hurdle cleared.

And perseverance paid off when
He got to meet a coach, Rich Brooks
Who at the U of Oregon
Heard J. J. out; gave him the looks.

Convinced that J. J. had the fire,
Brooks took him on and J. J. played.
Four years at Oregon transpired,
And J.J.’s skills were all displayed.

The odds were stacked against him high.
But never one to give such heed,
He got to work, his craft applied,
And showed great hands and fearsome speed.

He caught the eye of one Browns coach
Named Marty S, when drafters passed.
In 1990, Chiefs approached,
With Schottenheimer there at last.

For five great seasons with KC,
J. J. got to run and catch.
His number “88” would be,
And in Chiefs’ lore his name was etched.

When his Chiefs’ five-year stint was done,
J. J. then a Falcon was.
But his great skills to catch and run
Still should bring Chiefs fans to applause.

Played nine years in the NFL,
The smallest man to do that feat.
He overcame great odds as well,
And would not give up in defeat.

Now, J. J. Birden uses speech
To motivate all to their best.
For he who overcame, can teach
So many that they reach their crest.

In honor of a former great
Who wore the Arrowhead with pride,
This tribute all Chiefs fans should state
For J. J. Birden who odds defied.

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Nasrani
05/30/2023 10:40 am

Great stuff!

NovaChiefs
05/30/2023 10:12 am

Well done, 3rd. Gave me a smile.

pompano
05/29/2023 6:15 pm

nice!

zulu trader
05/29/2023 5:40 pm

Good one!. Didn’t realize JJ was that small

zulu trader
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05/30/2023 11:24 am

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