Larry Johnson has been a pain in the ass to the Kansas City Chiefs organization and its fans in recent years with his arrests, poor work ethic, and overall dickishness. The organization might suspend him for a game or two for recently freaking out on Twitter at coach Todd Haley, but the fans want him to not be able to play for the Chiefs altogether so that he can’t break the rushing record of Priest Holmes. Here’s an excerpt of the petition, which can be seen (and signed) here:
Dear Scott Pioli,
Let us start with the point: We do not want Larry Johnson to become the Kansas City Chiefs all time leading rusher.
We are lifelong fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. Win or lose, good or bad, right or wrong, we love the Kansas City Chiefs. Growing up in Kansas City, we were raised knowing there are two seasons in KC: Chiefs season and Road Construction. We feel we speak for an entire city when we say that we are an organization of hard working fans, hard working players and blue collar coaches that care passionately about not only our win/loss record, but also for the integrity of the game of football.
Being new to the organization, we would like to talk about something that has been on our minds since before the season started. We have had a long standing tradition of putting the best players in roles that best serve the needs of our team.
As a fan base, we have always taken pride in some of the names that have played on our field, hung in the Ring of Honor and those that are now immortalized in the Hall of Fame at Arrowhead Stadium. Names like Bobby Bell, Christian Okoye, Willie Roaf, Lenny Dawson, Priest Holmes, Abner Hayes and the amazing Derrick Thomas. These are just a few of the names that will live forever in the hearts and minds of Chiefs fans everywhere.
The times we’ve spent watching and supporting our great past players are times that we hold dear. The players were role models for us as we grew up, and they will be names we share with our children as they grow up. With that being said, one name that I hope is never mentioned amongst those great Chief names is Larry Johnson.
While we are thankful for his service, we feel that Larry has been a black eye on the organization and has no business being mentioned with some of the above names.
During his first few years in Kansas City, Larry Johnson ran through holes created by one of the greatest offensive lines ever put together. He was handed the ball and was asked to follow Tony Richardson, the best fullback to ever don a Chiefs helmet. Because of those early successes, Larry Johnson now sits on the cusp of becoming the all-time leading rusher in Kansas City Chiefs history. Not to discredit anything he has accomplished, but we believe it would be a travesty if Larry were to surpass the great Priest Holmes as the Chiefs all-time leading rusher.
It’s not a hidden fact that Larry hates being in Kansas City. He doesn’t like the organization, he doesn’t like the fans, he doesn’t like the city. He has been more than vocal about how he feels about being a Chief. We’ve waited for years for him to be traded and we don’t believe that there is an offensive line that can open a hole big enough for Larry and the chip on his shoulder to run through.
I understand Larry Johnson’s a prick, but you don’t think he earned the right to the rushing record? Even if your amazing offensive line did open huge holes for him to run through, he still has to do the running. For an example, the New England Patriots have a decent offensive line, and Laurence Maroney still can’t get more than 3 yards a carry. The guy fucking sucks.
I understand that for the past couple of years LJ probably hasn’t worked his hardest, but don’t flip on the guy when you were right there cheering when he ran for 1,750 yards in nine starts in 2005. He’s been to two Pro Bowls. You can’t say with a straight face that he put some effort in that. Calm down.