Former Baylor Bears basketball player signs with the Kansas City Chiefs

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – APRIL 05: Mark Vital #11 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just over five months after winning the NCAA men’s basketball national championship with the Baylor Bears, 6-foot-5 guard Mark Vital Jr. has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a tight end.

Vital went undrafted in he 2021 NBA Draft, but signed with the Portland Trail Blazers for the Summer League.

On Sept. 2, 2021, Vital made the transition to football and signed with the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.

He was released just 5 days later and a week later signed to the Chiefs practice squad.

In college, Vital averaged 6.4 points per game on 47% shooting. In the national championship game against Gonzaga, he scored 6 points, brought down 11 rebounds and two assists.

Drafting a basketball player is not new for the Chiefs.

After going undrafted in 2013, Demetrius Harris was signed to the practice squad out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Harris went on to play in 71 games for Kansas City, catching 6 touchdowns and 605 yards.

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