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The Secondary Is Primary In K.C.
Paul Zimmerman
September 09, 1987
Constituting a whole greater than the sum of its parts, Kansas City's defensive backfield may be the best ever
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September 09, 1987

The Secondary Is Primary In K.c.

Constituting a whole greater than the sum of its parts, Kansas City's defensive backfield may be the best ever

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Quiet and introspective, Lewis took a prelegal course at SMU in the off-season. He works with abused children and with kids who have drug problems. "My ambition is to represent people who can't afford a lawyer," he says. "I don't expect to become a millionaire in corporate law or litigation. You see some of these kids who have been abused, who are living with drug problems, it's unbelievable. We just don't have a full concept about how some people struggle on a daily basis. I've had people say to me, 'How can you deal with getting hit like that every Sunday?' It's easy when you see so many people living in constant distress, always asking why, and not knowing the answers."

So there you have it, four outstanding players who want the same thing—to be the best secondary in NFL history. "The Raiders are supposedly the best secondary of the 1980s," Cherry says. "Well, I have a videotape of them that goes a few years back, and I think we're better. They do a great job of covering, but they're not the all-around players we are. Their cornerbacks aren't called on to play the run much; they don't play the force. Our concept is different. Here, everyone has to do everything."

Which is just what they do.

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