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Gehrig Dieter having fun as Chiefs advance to AFC Championship Game

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Gehrig Dieter is going back to a conference title game. 

It’s a situation that he has been familiar with throughout his career as an athlete; however, seeing this from the professional ranks is special. He won a conference championship in college at both Bowling Green State University and University of Alabama, but now the Indiana native is headed for the AFC Championship Game in the National Football League with the Chiefs. 

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After recording his first career reception versus Oakland in the regular season, Dieter made another contribution in Kansas City’s 31-13 win over the Colts on last week.  

He brought in an 11-yard reception from quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the second half, and got up celebrating the moment with his teammates. It was Dieter’s first postseason catch in the AFC Divisional Playoff matchup and he was able to secure in snow at Arrowhead Stadium. 

While the focus continues to be on Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce, the 6-foot-3 hardworking receiver finds ways to make an impact. Along with his duties on offense, Dieter is one of the gunners on punt coverage and kickoff coverage – showing Kansas City’s head coach Andy Reid that he is an all-around player. It will not be long before the Chiefs fully recognize what it has in Dieter, but for now, the young man looks to win his first AFC Championship.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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