Former Butler Grizzly Byron Pringle made his preseason debut with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. Pringle’s football career has been full of twists and turns, but he has continued to elevate his game. The explosive wide receiver played one season at Butler, and two at Kansas State before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent this summer.

Pringle, a Florida native, expressed his gratitude toward the programs that helped him get to where he is today.

“I loved Butler,” said Pringle.

“I love the coaches there. The fans there were really into it… It’s a blessing to bounce from junior college here in Kansas, and then go to Kansas State, and then come right up the road to Kansas City. I want to thank everyone in El Dorado and Manhattan for supporting me and being behind me.”

Pringle’s path to the NFL was not an easy one. As a 16-year old, Pringle faced a significant setback as he was faced with a four-year probation after being arrested on charges of burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and grand theft. Since then, Pringle has found success both on and off the football field, graduating with a degree in sociology and criminology while earning Big 12 All-Conference honors in 2016 and 2017 as a wide receiver and return specialist.

In his preseason debut, Pringle was targeted twice and finished with one reception for 16 yards. He also drew a pass interference call which led to first and goal for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs will travel to Atlanta on August 17 to take on the Falcons for their second preseason game.

Pringle has three weeks to continue to prove himself worthy of a spot on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster, which will be finalized by September 1.

It is clear that Pringle has found ways to keep improving himself on and off the field since his time in El Dorado and his Butler football family will continue to cheer him on from afar.