By Brad Fanning, Sports Multimedia Journalist - email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
The newest Kansas City Chief has arrived in the city he will soon call home.
Eric Fisher, the 6-foot-7, 306-pound offensive tackle and Chief's No. 1 draft pick, arrived Friday about 10:30 a.m. at the KCI Airport.
Following his arrival, general manager John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and Fisher held a 1 p.m. press conference to formally introduce him.
He is the fourth left tackle in NFL draft history to be taken No. 1 overall and he's the first player in Central Michigan and Mid-American Conference history to be taken No. 1 overall. But he was considered the top senior left tackle in this year's draft class.
"It's a great feeling to be here, you know, my new home. It feels great to be a Chief. I can't wait to get over to Arrowhead and see everything. I've never been to Kansas City, so what a great opportunity for me," he said while at the airport. "I'm ready to go, I'm ready to get to work. I think that's what got me here is my work ethic, so I can't wait to start working."
Fisher appeared very humbled by the entire experience. Dorsey thanked Fisher's mother, father and grandmother, who made the trip with him.
"It's very exciting. All along we felt everything about Eric represented what the Kansas City Chiefs are all about," Dorsey said. "His person and also his ability to play the game."
Fisher said he had the opportunity to talk to Alex Smith on Thursday night and he looks forward to getting to know the offensive lineman.
During the news conference, the offensive tackle was already looking forward to the first time he'll step out into Arrowhead when it's packed with fans.
"I can't imagine what it's going to be like running out this fall to that crowd," Fisher said. "I heard the fans here are just awesome and you couldn't play for better fans. Coming out to a sea of red, I can't imagine what that's going to be like."
Fisher said his family is very important to him and he relies on them for their support.
"My mom has been my biggest support throughout my life. She's been to all my games. She's sacrificed a lot to get me a lot in life. But that's the thing I like most about her – she didn't hand me anything in life, she just told me that if I wanted something to go out and work for it," he said. "That's the kind of family I come from. I'm a very blue-collar kind of guy. I've worked for everything in my life and I'm so grateful and blessed for everything that I've earned."
Fisher said he's coming into the Chiefs program, wanting to help the team out in any way he can. He said he'll do his best in whatever position he's put in.
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