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Two months after their impressive comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII, the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off their voluntary offseason program on Monday.

For many participating players, Monday means a return to the team’s facility for conditioning. Majors linebacker Nick Bolton is ready to get back to work with his teammates.

“Just being with the boys — being with your brothers — some of the things you miss,” he explained. Zoom in Conference with the media on Monday. “Until then you don’t really understand it Boom! – It’s over. And you have to spend a few months alone. You miss those people. So it’s exciting to be back in the building with those guys. I’m glad to be back in the building.

It’s easy to be excited to be back with teammates who went on to win championships. The third-year pro knows the championship season is over — and it’s time to move on to the challenges that lie ahead.

“Football is an annual thing — you pay it every year,” the former Missouri Tiger said. “So you have to go out there next year [and] Now you have to go out there and compete and try to come back and do the same thing. That is our challenge. It’s just a matter of not giving up and working every day to get back to where we want to be.

Another challenge the Chiefs — like all NFL teams — face is annual roster turnover. While Bolton is the unquestioned leader in his second season, he should be. even more A voice in the locker room this offseason after the Chiefs released defensive end Frank Clark. He is up for the challenge.

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“I think my leadership role has grown over time,” Bolton said. “It’s one of those things that continues to grow as we go along. I like it. I feel like it’s a good challenge going into this year, trying to improve my communication and leadership. That’s one of the biggest things. There are things I know we need for this season.

To do this, he knows he must understand every member of the defense – including himself.

“First and foremost I feel it’s understanding the person, understanding the teammates,” Bolton said. “Everybody’s a little different. Everybody takes leadership a little differently. What makes them go — what motivates them — is a little different. Get to know your teammates. Find out what makes them tick. After that, it’s just a matter of trying to figure out how to be the best version of yourself to get the most out of them.” Find out.

“That’s what I’m growing at. Understanding how to get the best out of me and what I can do. But just trying to get the best out of the people around me — how to invest emotionally. Every week and every game, I’m trying to get back to the end goal.”

Getting to that end goal, of course, naturally means a shorter season to recover. After a long season, Bolton played 1,119 regular season games to Kansas City’s 1,148. As he progressed in his career, he knew he would take a more methodical approach to managing his body from the two-week stage in his period.

“My first year in the league, I worked a little early,” he recalled. “He tried to do more field work. [and] Efficiency-wise things. [I’m] Like a transition. Long periods – you need to rest your body. Enter fresh in mind, fresh in body. I rested a little. When it’s time to go, I’ll beef it up a bit and add more fine details.

“Technically, we have until June and we start training camp. So until then, you’re trying to add to your repertoire — flexibility, IQ, watch a little tape, go out with your teammates. I’ve got a little bit of time until we get to the training camp part: resting your body — more mentally. And being physically fresh – I feel it’s important.

“[Chiefs head coach Andy Reid] He’ll do a great job helping out this season – and give us an extra two weeks off to get fresher. “

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Entering his third season in Kansas City, a case can now be made that Bolton played the greatest defensive game in franchise history in the Super Bowl. In the second quarter, Eagles quarterback Jalen Harts fumbled the ball, only to see Bolton return it 36 ​​yards for a touchdown. At one point in the game, the Chiefs’ offense stalled; The play was crucial in keeping Kansas City in the game.

The league’s second-leading tackler is set to win another.

“It’s still a crazy experience – I’m still trying to soak it in,” he admitted. “It’s one of those things where you look at it — and you still don’t understand the magnitude of it. Especially me — it’s only my second year. I guess ignorance isn’t a bad thing in that sense … it makes it. You’re ready to go next season.”

“A lot of people talk about winning a Super Bowl — that feeling and how addictive that feeling is — you can’t really explain it until you win one. Plus, you’re always trying to get another one. Where’s that? That’s my thought.”

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