There are obviously a number of paths you can take when your ultimate goal is to coach in the NFL. For Chiefs assistant offensive line coach Steven Smith, that path included a number of internships...seven to be exact.
For Smith, his coaching journey started at the collegiate level before heading overseas to NFL Europe and then returning to intern in the league with Miami, Cleveland, Dallas (for four seasons under Bill Parcells), and New Orleans.
Smith took some time to talk to the Chief's official website about advice he would give for those coming up in the coaching profession. His advice in a nutshell? Network during every given opportunity, work your tail off, and be willing to do it for free (or very close to it).
"I would definitely say to do the internships because you get to meet the people who are in there already. You get to build the relationships. That's what I did. I started off in '02 in New Orleans and built relationships with Jack Henry and Jim Haslett and a lot of those guys. That's the thing. You go out and show those guys that you can work and that you're going to work hard and you'll do the job to the best of your ability. As that goes on and then guys start taking jobs and trying to talk to different people to help you make moves yourself."