Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

‘We’re off the Chain’

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

‘We’re off the Chain’

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It’s an exciting time to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan, a fact that longtime Chiefs play-by-play broadcaster Mitch Holthus is reminded of on a daily basis.

“We’re off the chain,’’ Holthus said before speaking Monday to a packed house at the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s 87th annual coaching school at the Maner Conference Center. “We had 8,500 people at Sunday’s practice. They were from everywhere — Maine, Canada, everywhere.’’

Holthus, who followed the Chiefs as a child growing up in Smith Center, said the excitement surrounding the Chiefs’ 2019 campaign may even surpass the buzz from the 1960s when Holthus’ former broadcast partner, Hall of Famer Len Dawson, helped the team reach the Super Bowl two times in a four-year span, including a world championship at the end of the 1969 season.

Holthus said the spectacular 2018 season turned in by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense has helped stoke the Chiefs Kingdom to a fever pitch.

“Even if with Lenny, if you go ‘66-’70, those defenses were phenomenal, and it was more about that defense being like the offense is now,’’ Holthus said. “Even Lenny was a leased quarterback; he was a Steeler and a Brown. He wasn’t this guy. This guy, we’re in uncharted territory, and it’s exciting.’’

Like everybody associated with the team, Holthus is excited to get ‘19 underway and said he continues to have the same passion for his job as he did when he started with the Chiefs in ‘94.

“Darrell Green was the great corner of the Redskins, undersized, but he played almost 20 years as a corner,’’ Holthus said. “He said something that I studied my first year in the NFL, and that was that every year is your rookie season. I’m in front of the team to start training camp — coach (Andy Reid) has me and like 10 other people — and I’m up there about 90 seconds and I tell them that, that every year is my rookie year.

“You want to go to the bathroom every five minutes

or throw up or get excited. …

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