Amidst Kansas City clinching its first division championship in seven years, the chatter surrounding Pro Bowl invitations, potential playoff opponents and, of course, the return of Raider Week, one of the NFL’s most historic milestones has slid quietly under the radar.
Aside from setting a personal goal of winning an AFC West championship, Wiegmann aimed to send his consecutive snaps streak north of 10,000. He broke that barrier last Sunday in the Chiefs division-clinching 34-14 win over Tennessee and the streak remains active heading into this Sunday’s meeting with Oakland.
The record-setting streak began on September 23, 2001(vs. NYG) and now rests at 10,069 snaps and counting.
“It’s pretty big,” Wiegmann said of topping 10,000. “It’s a big individual thing and I’m more of a team guy, but personally it ranks right up there at the top of the list in terms of the things that I’ve accomplished.”
Wiegmann is the definition of a “team guy.” He’s goes about his business quietly, rarely seeking any type of attention. It isn’t much of a surprise that he hadn’t talked much of the monumental achievement some 72 hours after it happened. If not for being approached in the locker room, he likely wouldn’t have talked publically about the feat at all.
Even discussing the individual accomplishment almost resembled an apology. Ironically, the snap streak began primarily because of guilt.
“When I came here in 2001 and missed my first game because of an appendectomy, I felt guilty like I was cheating Coach Vermeil out of something for not being out there,” said Wiegmann. “I’ve kind of taken that to heart.
“I don’t know what it says about me,” Wiegmann went on to say of the streak. “It could say I’m tough…it could say anything about me…it could say that I’m stupid. I just like playing football and that’s just the way that I am and I like playing for my teammates. I don’t want to miss any time.”
To have Wiegmann’s milestone fall on the same day that the Chiefs clinched the AFC West crown is almost storybook. Aside from a two-year stint in Denver, eight seasons worth of Wiegmann’s snap streak has come in a Chiefs uniform.
“It’s special,” Wiegmann said of surpassing 10,000 on the same day KC clinched a division title. “Especially going into year 15, knowing that you are at the end of the barrel. Coming back here and finishing with the Chiefs is a big deal. Of course, winning the division is even huger.”
Sunday’s game will mark Wiegmann’s 159th consecutive start and likely push his snap count past 10,100. Overall, he’s played in 210 games for four different teams. He’s seen a lot of football to say the least, but the majority of those memories have come in Kansas City.
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So, 10,000 snaps later, how is Wiegmann feeling physically in Week 17 of Year 15?
“It’s grueling, I know that,” the 37-year old Wiegmann said. “I don’t think I’ll be playing anymore if they move to an 18-game schedule and I feel sorry for the guys having to do that, if it happens.”
One of Five
Brian Waters is headed to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his 11-year NFL career. We heard reactions from Pro Bowl first-timers
With the Chiefs leading the league in rushing (167.5 yards per game) and improving in a number of other areas, such as a sharp decrease sacks allowed, Waters is viewing his Hawaiian invite as an overall achievement of the offensive line rather than a personal accomplishment.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, anyone who has watched us knows that anybody on our line could have gotten that award just like I could have,” Waters said. “I think that everybody has had an equal play, and in some cases better (than me). As a group we’ve done a great job and I’m just glad to be able to represent the group.”
To not have a member of the Chiefs offensive line representing the AFC in Hawaii would have been criminal. Both tenured and respected, Waters is a good representative on behalf of the group if there was only room for one member. Waters also won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award earlier in 2010.
Hall of Fame Weekend
Former head coach Marty Schottenheimer will be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame during halftime of Sunday’s Chiefs/Raiders game. His induction ceremony will be part of Alumni Weekend, which will see the return of former players whose careers span over five decades of Chiefs football.
Schottenheimer registered a 101-58-1 (.634) regular season record with the Chiefs, giving him more victories and a winning percentage of any head coach in franchise history. During his 10-year tenure (1089-98) leading the Chiefs, Schottenheimer won three AFC West titles and took the 1993 squad to the AFC Championship Game.
If the Chiefs host the N.Y. Jets in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Schottenheimer might be paying back-to-back visits to Arrowhead Stadium. Schottenheimer’s son, Brian, is the offensive coordinator for the Jets.
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