Local talent making a name for himself in NFL

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker D.J. Alexander (57) Playing in the Pro Bowl, Jan. 29, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy of AP Images)

BY ROBERT GRAVES

SPORTS EDITOR 

Meet D.J. Alexander, a 6 feet 2 inch tall, 233 pound Linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Alexander grew up in Palm Desert and started his football career at Palm Desert High School under head coach Pat Blackburn.

Alexander was named to his first Pro Bowl this season becoming the second valley player to be named to the NFL’s version of the All Star game. At Palm Desert, Alexander played both linebacker and receiver. He played on Palm Desert’s 2007 team that went to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship game.

As a senior, he was named co-DVL MVP and recorded 118 tackles along with seven sacks. He was tabbed as the 22nd best outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com after his senior season.

D.J. took his talents to Oregon State where he made 32 starts for the Beavers football team. He was second on the team in tackles his senior season with 70. Alexander also recorded 12 tackles for loss and four sacks en route to becoming the Kansas City Chiefs fifth round draft selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

With the Chiefs, Alexander sees playing time primarily on special teams as a gunner and was selected as a special teams player to play for the American Football Conference (AFC) squad in the Pro Bowl. In the Pro Bowl, D.J. saw action at his traditional linebacker spot in the first quarter where he recorded five tackles and assisted on one more.

He finished third on the AFC team in tackles and was involved in a key play in which he and another member of the AFC team stopped Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot on the goal line.

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