As Head Captain of the Kansas City Chiefs Red Coaters, today I got to travel with the team to Whiteman AFB to meet with members of the 509th Bomb Wing (B-2 Stealth Bomber) and their families. Whiteman is home to about 5,000 people including spouses and children, and has over 750 airmen deployed at this time. What an amazing experience to spend time with these brave people and their families.
The visit to Ft. Leavenworth was made possible through the Chiefs partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation through its Return the Favor campaign. We traveled with Todd Haley, Matt Cassel, Thomas Jones, Brodie Croyle and several other members of the Chiefs offense, as well as Chiefs Hall of Famer Deron Cherry, NFL Hall of Famer Bobby Bell and several VFW executives. As the bus pulled on base, the players were fired up to get out and meet the military personnel and their families. The Chiefs players took pictures, signed autographs and answered questions until everyone was satisfied. They literally had to drag the coach and the players back to the bus when it was time to leave. In an address to the troops, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said “We just want to return the favor to all of these women and men who make the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us as Americans can live the life that we live. They do a great job and we’re grateful to them.” Later, he added “You always hear comparisons between football and these guys, which are totally unfair. They are playing real life; we’re playing a game.”
The Chiefs actually spend a lot of time during OTAs making visits and appearances like this. I’m proud to be a part of such a first class organization.