Kansas City, Mo. Joe Montana's presence meant a lot to Kansas City natives, but absolutely nothing to Buffalo's Jeff Wright on Thursday night.
The Bills' veteran nose tackle from Lawrence was more excited about a pre-game meeting with one of his former Lawrence High football coaches -- Ron Commons.
"I didn't care about Joe. I was just excited about playing in Kansas City. I like coming back," Wright said after the Bills' 30-7 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. I saw Mr. Commons before the game and a couple of friends from Central Missouri (State).
"Mr. Commons gave me a Lawrence High hat. I traded with him. I gave him a Bills' hat."
Wright, who has played in three straight Super Bowls and has emerged as a a defensive leader in his sixth pro season, returned to Buffalo with a somewhat dubious honor.
IN THE FIRST QUARTER, he became the first defensive player to lay a hand on Montana in a Chiefs' uniform.
He reached Montana just after the future Hall of Famer released the ball on a six-yard completion to Fred Jones.
"It was kind of nice," Wright said. "Too bad I was a hair away (from getting a sack)."
Wright was most pleased with the outcome, since he was playing just up the road from Lawrence.
"Last year, we lost 35-0 here during the preseason," Wright said. "A lot of my friends were here for that game. I gave away a lot of tickets last year. This year, I only gave away five. A lot of people had to work and couldn't make it.
"I'm glad we played well. We don't usually play well in the preseason."
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@sc: Ex-Jayhawk update: Doug Terry started at strong safety, played extensively and had two tackles. Receiver Matt Gay played three series in the fourth quarter. He didn't catch a pass. Cornerback Tim Hill played sparingly. He did not record a tackle. Quarterback Chip Hilleary did not play.
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@sc: Allen's debut a success: Former Raider Marcus Allen gained a team-leading 26 yards on nine carries in his KC debut. He had a long gain of six yards and scored KC's only touchdown -- on a one-yard burst in the second quarter that gave the Chiefs a short-lived 7-6 lead.
"There was a lot of anticipation and I wanted to do well," Allen said. "I don't think I really did, but I was glad to get the first one out of the way. I needed this work because I didn't get any in the last game. I got a little tired, but that's expected."