Update 1:34 p.m.
More on Powe here. I’ve heard from a friend who has been in contact with Powe and his agent and wrote a few graphs:
It’s good to see Jerrell Powe get another shot with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Powe became a fan favorite during his time at Ole Miss, and the personality he portrayed to the fans was the same he portrayed with media.
At heart, he’s a good, ole’ country fella.
This account from KCChiefs.com announces Powe’s resigning and gives some details of his time with the Chiefs.
It also gives the following one-paragraph summary of his Ole Miss career:
Powe was released by the club on Sept. 1, 2013. He saw action in 37 games (22 starts) at Mississippi, recording 69 tackles (49 solo), 24.0 stops for loss (-80.0 yards) and seven sacks (-29.0 yards). He also had an INT, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three QB pressures. Powe spent one season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He was named a Parade All-American as a senior at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Miss.
As a news professional I understand word counts, but when I read the graph I thought, “Wow, I wouldn’t have thought you could condense Jerrell Powe into three sentences.”
That’s not because Powe’s college career was outstanding. It was very good. Whether it matched the hype that surrounded his signing is debatable, but that hype of off the charts because of the unusualness of his path to Ole Miss, a path of the NCAA’s denial of his eligibility, the NCAA’s investigation into his past, of lawyers and lawsuits … It was not your everyday journey to college football.
An Ole Miss administrator once told me, and I’m paraphrasing from an old conversation here, “I sure hope he’s worth all this.”
Powe always had a big smile and entertained us with stories of his exploits in the kitchen. He was as proud of his cooking ability as his football ability.
The eligibility fight, his persistence with it, and his way with people made him a fan favorite. There’s one group of fans, old college friends who gather on a semi-regular basis and call their gather “PoweFest.” I’m not sure if Powe has attended, but I know he’s spoken with the group by phone.
Anyway, Powe sounds excited for another chance with the Chiefs.
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