After one of the best seasons ever by an Arena Football League receiver, all-time WKU interception leader Bobby Sippio's being rewarded with nothing short of his dream.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed the Chicago Rush star Monday, giving him a two-year deal and a shot to play for coach Herm Edwards' team in 2007.
''Good things come to those who work hard, stay focused and are patient,'' Sippio told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''I enjoyed the time I spent with the Rush. They gave me an opportunity to perform, and I gave it all I've got. I plan to do the same thing for the Chiefs.''
It marks the end of a three-year odyssey since Sippio's last NFL chance - he went through training camp with the Dolphins in 2004 but was sidelined due to injury and eventually cut during the season.
That missed chance didn't silence the noise Sippio made during his Arena Football League career, however.
In four AFL seasons, Sippio caught 354 passes for 5,139 yards and 142 touchdowns - despite playing both offense and defense for two and-a-half of those seasons.
Sippio's greatest stats came the last season-and-a-half with the Rush. He scored 17 times in just five regular season games with Chicago in 2006, helping the Rush sneak into the playoffs with a 7-9 record - then saved his best for the postseason. Sippio caught 33 passes for 452 yards and 10 scores in four playoff games, leading the Rush to the ArenaBowl XX title.
In 2007 Sippio led the AFL in touchdowns (53), finished fourth in receiving yards (1,739) and eighth in receptions (125) despite missing nearly four games due to injury.
Now he'll get a chance in Kansas City - but the Chiefs don't expect Sippio to save the receiving day.
"We still have two more weeks and then you have to play in games, so we needed some more legs," Edwards told KCChiefs.com. "And it’s always good, the receivers, they run so much, you always need a set of legs there and he is a guy we kind of liked and we figured, let’s give him a shot.”
The Chiefs' next preseason game's Thursday at home against the Dolphins.