Chiefs kicker back in Gamecock country for offseason

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Gamecock great Ryan Succop will always be known as Mr. Irrelevant, but the final pick of the 2009 NFL draft is far from irrelevant.

Succop, now entering his fifth NFL season, has become a major cog for the Kansas City Chiefs.{}

"They talk a lot about being Mr. Irrelevant," said Succop. "What people look at and can think of as a negative, I was one of only two kickers taken in the draft that year. I look at it as a positive. I got an opportunity to pursue the dream of what I wanted to do."{}

In four seasons, Succop has kicked his way into the record books, and in doing so, into Chiefs fans' hearts.

When asked about his best memories from his career so far, Succop quick to respond.{}

"I hadn't had a lot of chances to kick game-winners. There have been some exciting times. My rookie year, I kicked one against the Steelers, who won the Super Bowl the year before. Just this past season, I had six field goals in a game, one to tie, one to win against the Saints," he said.

Succop is undoubtedly a Gamecock at heart. He speaks with a big grin about former SEC players in the Chiefs locker room often having to wear USC T-shirts the week after Gamecock wins as a result of losing bets with him.{}

He still recalls having former Clemson Tiger and Chiefs tackle Barry Richardson, a Wando grad, wear a miniature Gamecocks T-shirt after South Carolina beat Clemson in the rivalry game a few years back.{}

What better place for this Gamecock to live in the offseason than Gamecock country? Succop and his wife moved to Daniel Island this offseason.

"Charleston has been great. We get three or four weeks off in the offseason. Can't think of a better place to spend it than here in Charleston," he said. "My wife and I come down, it's our first year down here. We love it.{} I love to play golf and fish. Obviously the weather is great, come out and kick. I've got everything I need to get done and to prepare for the upcoming season. It's a great place to call home."{} {}

When here in Charleston, Succop prefers to work out at the College of Charleston soccer field -- no goalposts, no problem.{}

"I aim for smaller. I aim for individual poles between the nets. I figure if you can hit it from a long way away, you should be able to split the uprights. Aim small, miss small," Succop said.

Succop's body of work is anything but small.

Andy Reed is the new coach in Kansas City, but it's the same old game plan for Succop.{}

"If you're not on top of your game in the NFL, they'll have someone there to challenge you, to push you. Don't take anything for granted in the NFL, prepare and work as hard as you can.{} It's the only way I know how to do it. God gave me a lot of ability, my job is to make the most of that. That's the way I approach it. Hopefully, if I can continue, I can do this for a long time," he said.{}

That work begins in his new home of Charleston.