Losing an arm helped make Chiefs assistant Ellett who he is

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August 4, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Porter Ellett (middle), Kansas City Chiefs senior assistant to the head coach, checks the practice schedule during training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs on July 28 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TN

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 Reid’s shadow. Maybe you’ve 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 Reid’s own life and what makes Ellett who he is: a man who had his right arm amputated as a teen, believes he’s better off for it and is distinguished most by his intelligence, zeal for life and sense of humor.

It’s 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.

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