YouTube Football Star Signs with Kansas City Chiefs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — His YouTube video dubbed “Trick Shot Quarterback” has received nearly 2.5 million hits, and he’s been featured on History Channel’s “Stan Lee’s Superhumans.” Now, the 24-year-old quarterback has a shot at making his NFL debut with the Kansas City Chiefs. Free agent Alex Tanney signed with the Chiefs before Tuesday’s OTA practice.

Tanney (6’4″, 200) played in 47 games at Monmouth, completing 1,339 of 1,622 pass attempts, according to the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw just 30 interceptions during his career at Monmouth.

According to Sports Illustrated, Tanney’s video attracted national attention and put him on the NFL’s radar. After being passed up in the 2012 NFL draft, Tanney accepted an invitation to participate in the Buffalo Bills’ three-day rookie minicamp. Sports Illustrated reported in May that the Bills weren’t the only NFL team interested in Tanney. The Pittsburgh Steelers first invited Tanney to their rookie minicamp, but Tanney turned them down after receiving an invite from the Bills, saying he felt the Bills were a better fit for him.

As for the video that launched him into the spotlight, Tanney told Sports Illustrated he was surprised it became so popular.

“We really didn’t expect it to take off like it did. It kind of blew up,” Tanney said. “We had fun with it. It was a good experience. But I kind of think that’s past me. I’m just looking forward to getting my shot in the NFL.”

And on Tuesday Tanney got just that.

Tanney is a Normal, Ill., native and was a two-time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He is expected to join the Chiefs for Tuesday’s OTA practice.

See what others are saying about Alex Tanney on Twitter.


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