National Football League: Kansas City Chiefs
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. As senior assistant to the head coach for the Chiefs, Porter Ellett might as well be Andy Reids shadow. Maybe youve seen him nearby during practice or games and wondered about the guy Reid is apt to call his left-hand man.
The joke reflects the nature of their relationship, a little-known aspect of Reids own life and what makes Ellett who he is: a man who had his right arm amputated as a teen, believes hes better off for it and is distinguished most by his intelligence, zeal for life and sense of humor.
Its those personal traits that resonate with an admiring Reid, who calls Ellett quite a person, and make Ellett well-suited for his second year orbiting a coach whose brother Reggie has long-contended with an injury of a similar nature.