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Rookie Justin Cheadle hails from unique football family

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Cheadle had three uncles play major college football, including John Tarver who went on to play for the Patriots and Eagles


#75 Justin Cheadle — Offensive Line – California

Pre-KC:

Cheadle appeared in 47 games for the Golden Bears. In 2011, he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick of the coaches, a second-team all-conference according to Yahoo! and third-team all-conference by College Sports Madness. Cheadle also was selected to the ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog's All-Underrated squad at right guard.

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Cheadle showcased his durability during a stretch of games over the course of two seasons. He started 21 consecutive games - every game in 2009 and the first eight of 2010. When that streak ended, Cheadle started a new one, starting the last 13 games of his senior season.

Chiefs Nation Should Know:

At the Thanksgiving table, the football stories begin right after grace is said. And even though Justin Cheadle has heard most of these tales at Thanksgivings past, he can't help but listen in again.

"It's little different in my house," said Cheadle. "I guess you can say Thanksgiving is a little more about football than any other family."

When it comes to football, Cheadle's family is anything but ordinary.  He has three uncles who played college football in the Pac-10. One of them, John Tarver, went on to play four seasons with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

At Thanksgiving--and every other family gathering--Cheadle said the stories from football games gone by are shared and shared again.

"It's cool to hear what happened in some game years ago," Cheadle said of those football-centric get-togethers. "I guess you could say it's a family tradition."

Cheadle, the top-rated high school guard in Central California, signed with the Golden Bears in 2007 and continued that family tradition. Over four years, he started 35 games for the Golden Bears while blocking for future NFL backs Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen. He also won Cal’s Bob Tessier Award—given to the team’s most improved offensive lineman—twice.

If Cheadle can improve just as quickly at the NFL level, he could provide some depth behind the Chiefs starters.

Learning multiple positions will be key for the California native. He’ll be an asset to the Chiefs if he can play guard, but know how to snap the ball and play both tackle positions too. And as always, he’ll need to play special teams.

That’s a new process for Cheadle, who was entrenched as a starter for three straight seasons with the Golden Bears. But throughout it all, he’s been able to lean on his family for advice.

“They’ll text me here and call me there,” said Cheadle. “It helps a lot, knowing that you’ve got so much experience behind you.”

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