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Chiefs safety Jordan Lucas has special connection with Texans coach Bill O'Brien

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Posted at 11:24 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 00:51:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jordan Lucas has allegiances to both head coaches on the sidelines Sunday for the AFC Divisional Round at Arrowhead Stadium.

There's the obvious connection with Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who helped bring Lucas over from Miami.

But Lucas also has a connection with Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who recruited him to Penn State and coached the defensive back for two years.

"He'll always hold a place right here for me," Lucas said, pointing to his heart. "He gave me a shot. He believed in me my first two years in college."

Lucas's best collegiate year was his sophomore season, O'Brien's last with the Nittany Lions, when he recorded 65 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

"He doesn't know this, but he made it very clear to me that I could play in the league," Lucas said of O'Brien. "Sometimes people have to put the battery in your back and just charge you up a little bit."

Lucas planned to seek out O'Brien on the field before the game Sunday, which kicks off at 2:05 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium.