“God’s Timing Is Always Perfect,” read the tweet from former West Virginia and Fairmont Senior defensive lineman Darius Stills.
It certainly looks that way for Stills, who signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, ahead of the two-time defending AFC champions’ playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
Stills was West Virginia’s 12th consensus All-American and first since 2006, earning first-team honors from the Associated Press, Sporting News, ESPN, Bleacher Report and USA Today after the 2020 season. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year after recording 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception. He was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection.
Stills wasn’t selected in the NFL draft after last season but signed as a free agent with the Las Vegas Raiders last May 7. He went through training camp with the Raiders but was released on Aug. 26.
Ever since then, he’s been waiting for an opportunity.
His father, Gary, was drafted by Kansas City and played for the Chiefs from 1999-2005.