Elite KC Add more Fire Power

by Gridiron Media

As Summer turns to Winter, The Gridiron Developmental Football League starts a new chapter. A new season approaches, but it is still too far off for our liking. The Elite KC Pro Developmental Football Club,are living up to their name sake as they continue to add top tier talent as they fill position-by-position entering the 2018  GDFL season; this week they welcome in a big time Quarterback along with a solid defensive lineman. The only thing we are certain of about next season is that the ELITE KC franchise will definitely be a contender for the National Championship (Gridiron Bowl 9)if they keep adding this kind of elite talent.      

Kansas City, Missouri -Max Garrett Shortell (born August 22, 1992) is a former quarterback for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Shortell transferred to Jacksonville State after spending two seasons playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.The 6-foot-6, 237-pound Shortell played in 16 games over two years at Minnesota, starting two. He threw for 1,162 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Max Shortell had no shortage of options when he was choosing a school after deciding to leave Minnesota.

He could have gone to Louisville and sat out for a year while Teddy Bridgewater starred and likely headed to the NFL after his senior season. New Mexico was an option. But he didn't want to sit out, so he narrowed it to Western Illinois and Jacksonville State.

Shortell went to Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas. A three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball for two years, he dropped basketball and baseball his junior year to focus on football. For football, he was coached by former NFL Pro Bowler Tim Grunhard,and led his squad to 6–4 record, while completing 147-of-277 passes (53.1 percent), for 2,643 yards, 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2010 as a senior. As a junior, he led the Stags to a 12-2 mark and a 2009 Kansas Class 4A State Championship. He completed 144-of-250 passes (57.6 percent) for 2,524 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that season. He was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Eastern Kansas League selection.


Height: 6’6” Weight: 23540 yard dash: 2015 Chiefs Workout - 4.83, 2016 St. Louis Testing - 4.68 seconds
2016 JSU Pro Day:
40 yard dash: 4.81
20 yard split: 2.71 seconds 10 yard split: 1.71 seconds Broad jump: 8’3”
20 yard shuttle: 4.46 seconds Three cone drill: 7.47 seconds Vertical jump: 26.5 inches
Professional Experience:https://www.coachseye.com/v/Ux08
2015 - Kansas City Chiefs Workout
Game Highlights and Film:
2015 KC Chiefs Workout- 3 & 5 Step Drop:
2015 NFL Regional Combine: https://youtu.be/Vw9IkE1A7Is
2015 Virtual Workout: http://youtu.be/Akx8qWwm7e0
College Highlights: http://binged.it/1IG59kw
2016 Selected by Coach Mike Holmgren and Coach Mike Shanahan to participate
in the Southern Bowl – New Zealand
• 2016 National Society of Leadership and Success
• 2015 JSU Trustee Emeritus Recommendation
• 2013 All-OVC Second Team
• 2013 OVC All-Newcomer Team
• 2013 OVC Newcomer of the Week
Position Specialist: Coach Skip Stitzell QBEdge.com
Pro Performance Specialist: Coach Hammer HammerBodies.com


  • DT 
  • 6-3 
  • 302 
  • EXP 2013 - 2015


 TY Mckinney already has the skillset required to thrive: strong hands, quick feet and good balance; able to succeed through his elite athleticism. He is unbelievable quick and agile for his position.

At Kansas: 

The interior lineman who transferred to Kansas from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas played all 12 games for the Jayhawks during season in Lawrence. He finished 2013 with 24 tackles (12 solo)— 1.5 for loss and one pass break-up.— and was a regular part of the rotation.

 In Junior College: Competed two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College… made 32 tackles with 4.0 quarterback sacks and 6.0 tackles-for-loss as a sophomore in 2012.

In High School: A stand-out performer at Weatherford High… a four-year starter for the Bulldogs.
Personal: Born March 3, 1992… son of Alex and Lyedea McKinney… a physical education major.


The Gridiron Developmental Football League is a Professional Developmental Football League based in Memphis, Tennessee. This League was established to provide the community with high quality sports entertainment and to provide athletes the opportunity to participate in professional sports. We are looking at partnering with national and local area businesses in our pursuit of excellence and commitment to our community. Our commitment, dedication, and vision are set on building a firm foundation for professionalism and quality. The Gridiron Developmental Football League continues to strive to provide a quality minor professional level of football throughout the United States and beyond giving area athletes and fans the opportunity be a part of history. Our organization would like to thank you for your support. We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to “Making AN IMPACT” in our Community.

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The GDFL Communications Office contributed to this article.