K-State’s Beecham Signs With Kansas City Chiefs

Courtesy of Kansas State Athletics
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Courtesy of Kansas State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Abdul Beecham, a starter the last three seasons along the Kansas State offensive line, has signed a rookie free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beecham’s signing marks the fourth Wildcat to enter the NFL following the 2018 season. Fellow offensive lineman Dalton Risner was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft by Denver, while Duke Shelley was drafted by Chicago and Alex Barnes signed with Tennessee.

Beecham earned his contract with the Chiefs after trying out for the team on two occasions – the rookie minicamp in May and the team’s regular minicamp this past week.

A product of Cibolo, Texas, Beecham played in 33 career games for the Wildcats with 29 starts at guard. He was an integral part of an offensive line that helped K-State finish third in the Big 12 in rushing in 2018 (182.6 yards per game) and paved the way for the conference’s leading rusher in Barnes. He started all 13 games in 2017 as the Wildcats tied for third in school history in yards per carry (4.98) and finished seventh in total rushing yards (2,584).

Beecham joins former K-State wide receiver Byron Pringle on the Chiefs roster. Pringle spent his rookie season of 2018 on injured reserve after suffering an injury in the final preseason game. In that game against Green Bay, Pringle caught four passes for 122 yards in addition to a 47-yard kickoff return.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.