KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tamba Hali remembers when he first joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a wide-eyed rookie out of Penn State. The outside linebacker was put into the starting lineup opposite pass-rush specialist Jared Allen, a rising star in the NFL.
Hali figured he could learn the ropes from Allen, maybe pick up a couple tips on how to make it as a pro. But it turned out Allen was consumed by a bitter spat with then-general manager Carl Peterson, leaving Hali to figure a lot of things out on his own.
"Jared had success but I wasn't getting the knowledge I needed from him," Hali said, "and when he went" -- Allen was traded to Minnesota a year later -- "it was a struggle."
It was then that Hali vowed to pass along his own wisdom someday.
When Justin Houston was drafted by the Chiefs in 2011, Hali saw an opportunity to fulfill his promise. He took the third-round draft pick under his wing, helping him break down film while passing along five years' worth of knowledge when it cam...