To take their minds off cut-down day, Kansas City Chiefs rookie safety Daniel Sorensen and his wife, Whitney, decided to go to temple on Saturday afternoon. They stowed their cellphones in the car and spent the next two hours worshiping at a service off Interstate 435. Whitney was more nervous and eager than her husband -- "She likes to know," Sorensen said -- and they planned it perfectly when the service ended around 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for cuts. By then, Sorensen, a rookie safety from BYU, would know.
What they didn't anticipate was what a hot summer day in Kansas City weather does to an iPhone in a car. Sorensen's phone overheated, so they spent the next 10 minutes holding it next to the air-conditioner vents while driving on the freeway.
When it finally worked, Sorensen got the news -- or lack thereof -- that he'd hoped for. He made the 53-man Chiefs roster, a feat that seemed improbable four months ago, when he was undrafted out of BYU.
Sorensen started in all four of the Chiefs' preseason games, filling in for Eric Berry, who's been sidelined with a heel injury. He has impressed coaches with his instincts and ball skills, and his work on special teams made him more valuable.
"This whole experience is kind of a roller coaster," Sorensen said. "There's some days where you feel really confident, and some days you don't. There's never really a point where you're sure about what's going to happen."
The weekend wasn't exactly perfect for the Sorensen family, though. On Friday, Sorensen's brother, Brad, was cut from the San Diego Chargers. Brad Sorensen, a quarterback, was a seventh-round pick for the Chargers in 2013. In three years at Southern Utah, he threw for more than 9,000 yards.
All four of the Sorensen brothers played college sports. Brad, 26, and Daniel, 24, are close. Upon hearing that Daniel made the Chiefs, Brad left him a voicemail. He congratulated him, told him it wasn't easy to make an NFL roster and he deserved it because he worked hard.
Daniel didn't know what to say.
"He's always been the older brother," Daniel said, "and kind of an example to me. He's always been the one who's kind of given me advice in difficult situations.
"It was kind of strange. I didn't feel like there was any advice I could tell him. He's been at this a little longer than me. We just talked and shared our thoughts and feelings about what's going on."