Know your Chiefs – Byron Pringle

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Byron Pringle was born November 17, 1993, in Tampa, Florida.

He played high school at Robinson High School in Tampa where he played basketball and football.  He was arrested in 2010 on multiple felony charges – grand theft, burglary and battery.   He was part of a group that engaged in a spree of car robberies.  He agreed to four years of probation and 100 hours of community service.  This cost him a couple of years of high school athletics.  His senior year, high school coach Mike DePue went to bat for him and helped get him back on the football team.

Pringle later said of the situation: “They saw potential in me.  They knew I wasn’t a bad kid.  It’s a blessing that you have good guys to help change a kid’s life, his family’s life, his kid’s life.  My son motivates me”.  The academic and off-field issues kept him from a scholarship with Youngstown State, so he took the long road, spending two years of junior college at Butler Community College and finishing his college career at Kansas State.  He majored in sociology/criminology.

He went undrafted in the 2018 draft and signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.   He was injured in the final preseason game of his rookie year and placed on the injured reserve.  The next year he made the initial 53 man roster, spent a few days on the practice squad, and has been a steady presence on the Chiefs roster since. 

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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
10/11/2021 10:36 am

Oof bad timing for a post about Pringle.

My friend and I have been talking about kickoff returns since Mahomes started his career.

Every time the ball gets kicked to the end zone, we should take a knee. Only two good things can happen if it is brought out.

A TD- Extremely unlikely
A return past the 25 yard line- Most times it is between the 25 and 35.

Both those things are often negated by a penalty that moves the ball to inside the 20. And it opens up the opportunity for an turnover.

Reply to  Severely Concussed
10/11/2021 11:38 am

You are 100% correct. Remember when we used to have an exciting return game? And Special Teams were actually special? Pepperidge Farms remembers.

Reply to  Severely Concussed
10/11/2021 3:29 pm

I agree except for one thing. My memory tells me that returned kickoffs hardly ever make it to the 25 and if they do, like you said, penalties bring them back. I’m talking exclusively about the Chiefs kickoff return game.

So yeah, I’d just take a knee from now on, assuming they can catch and hold on to the ball.

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