The Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League announced today former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison has joined the front office. Kennison will perform a variety of duties with the team, including attending team practices, consulting with the coaching staff, working with the Command television and radio broadcasts, as well as making public appearances on behalf of the organization.
Kennison, a former NFL first round pick in 1996 by the St. Louis Rams out of Louisiana State University, shined during his time with the Chiefs from 2001-2007. Kennison’s two best seasons of his 14-year career were with the Chiefs in 2004 and 2005, when he averaged 65 catches and 1,100 yards each year.
Kennison, retired since 2008, currently resides in Leawood, KS, with his wife, Shimika, and their two sons. After Shimika was diagnosed in 2003 with Lupus, Kennison created Quick Start – The Eddie Kennison Foundation to support the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR). Kennison also owns several businesses in Kansas City and is an active member of his church.
Kennison is excited about being around professional football once again. This time, it’s the indoor variety.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Command organization and help the team succeed both on and off the field,” he said. “I think my experiences can be a valuable resources to our coaches and players. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to help the team any way I can.”
The partnership is a positive for the Command as well.
“Having a guy like Eddie, who was the consummate professional on and off the field during his time with the Chiefs, and who is doing so many great things in the community since his retirement, is very exciting for the organization,” said Vice President of Communications, Nick McCabe. “Eddie’s just a class guy, through and through, and we’re looking forward to a long relationship with him and his incredible family.”
The agreement between the Kansas City Command and Eddie Kennison is for two years.