KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terez Paylor was a frequent guest on “Sunday Soundoff” and the “4th & 1” podcast, always generous with his time on 41 Action News.
Paylor, a senior NFL writer for Yahoo and former Chiefs beat writer for The Kansas City Star, lived in the Kansas City area and was among the most respected voices in the NFL media landscape.
He died suddenly last week at age 37 — leaving an adoring fiancée, his family in Detroit and a Chiefs Kingdom that had grown to love him in his adopted hometown of Kansas City grieving.
“4th & 1” podcast co-hosts Nick Jacobs and Tod Palmer offered some personal stories and reflection about Paylor as a journalist, but more importantly as a man in the latest edition — A Heartfelt Tribute to Terez Paylor.
The outpouring of admiration from the NFL world — NBC Sports’ Peter King wrote about Paylor’s passing, Newsday’s Bob Glauber recounted Paylor’s influence in getting Terrell Owens immortalized in Canton, and several NFL teams publicly expressed condolences upon his death among those tributes — has been powerful and overwhelming.
Paylor grew up in Detroit and earned his bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Washington before he was hired at The Star in 2006 and rose through the ranks from the high school sports beat to Sporting Kansas City to Mizzou and, ultimately, the Chiefs.
When he broke news of Alex Smith being traded to Washington three years ago, his inevitable ascent to national prominence — in the form of a job with Yahoo — was complete.
The “4th & 1” podcast is the twice-weekly, Chiefs-centric podcast from 41 Action News, the official broadcast “Home of the Chiefs.” Co-hosts Nick Jacobs and Tod Palmer analyze and breakdown the Chiefs’ opponent and performance for pre- and post-game episodes — available on iTunes or your preferred podcast platform — each week during the season.