Former Hebron Academy star Jose Gumbs has been signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and added to their practice squad.
The Chiefs announced the signing of Gumbs, a 2007 Hebron graduate, on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10-inch, 210-pound safety fills the roster spot created after the Chiefs activated fullback Patrick DiMarco last Saturday to fill the spot once held by Jovan Belcher.
Gumbs signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent on April 30 and played in all five of their preseason games, making five tackles and a quarterback hit. He was injured in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ final preseason game on Aug. 30. The Saints did not disclose the type of injury.
New Orleans placed the 24-year-old on its reserved/injured list the next day. After reaching an injury settlement with the team, Gumbs was waived on Sep. 6, making him a free agent. The Indianapolis Colts were reportedly scheduled to bring him in for a workout last week.
In three years at Hebron, Gumbs earned All-New England and All-Evergreen League honors as a tailback and safety.
Gumbs walked on at Monmouth University, a Football Championship Subdivision school located in New Jersey, and ultimately earned a full scholarship with his dominating play at safety. He led the team in tackles all four years and was the Northeast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. He was named Third Team All-American after finishing his senior year with 75 total tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defended, three blocked kicks and a conference-leading four fumbles forced.
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