Hometown Stephenson Living Chiefs Dream

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- For Chiefs rookie tackle Donald Stephenson, his dream of playing in the NFL came with an added bonus.

The Kansas City native is playing for his hometown team.

"It feels good, man. It's a dream come true," said Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson. "I'm enjoying it right now. This team means a lot to me. So I try to practice that way."

Stephenson grew up in K.C., played at Central high until transferring to Blue Springs his senior season.

He went on to a strong career at Oklahoma.

Stephenson was invited to a Pro Day here in Kansas City but didn't have much contact with the Chiefs before the draft.

Much to his surprise, they scooped him up in the third round."

"I was in shock for about 10 minutes," said Stephenson. "I never knew that I would come back home and play. For them to pick me up on draft day in the third round it was huge for me and my family."

Stephenson starts the year as the second right tackle on the depth chart behind veteran Eric Winston.

But it's Chief's starting left tackle Branden Albert that Stephenson looked up to as a youngster.

Now, he gets to work alongside him.

"Everything he does I try and emulate it," said Stephenson. "He's been doing it a long time. He's been doing a real good job with it. I'm just a rookie trying to know what it takes to be as good as him."

The Chiefs start the year at home on September ninth against Atlanta.

But Stephenson's first time at Arrowhead in front of friends and family was in the team's pre-season opener against Arizona.

"It meant the world. That's something I've always wanted to do and when I first ran out with the team it was a good feeling. I'm used to seeing it in the stands and when I looked up in the stands it was a cool deal," said Stephenson.

With the Chiefs in St. Joe, I'm Nick Carboni, KC Blitz.

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