When the Atlanta Falcons visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, it will be the first time TE Tony Gonzalez will play in a regular season game there since being traded by the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2009 season.
While he’s played his last three seasons with the Falcons, the future Hall of Famer hasn’t forgotten about the power of the Kansas City fans. After all, he got to feed of the energy at Arrowhead for twelve seasons on his way to setting record after record.
On top of preparing himself for the emotional aspect of his return to Kansas City, Gonzalez has been preparing his teammates for the sea of red.
“Everybody is asking me, ‘What’s it like in there? Is the stadium loud?’ ” Gonzalez told The Star. “And, I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s going to be crazy, it’s opening day, they’ve got a pretty good football team … wait until you hear the national anthem, and wait until you hear, after every first down, the whole crowd shouting, ‘That’s a Chiefs’ first down!’”
The Falcons haven’t played at Arrowhead in the regular season since 2004, when they were steamrolled by Priest Holmes (139 rushing yards, four touchdowns) and the Chiefs 56-10.
The crowds at Arrowhead have had some tough moments since that blowout, with down years taking a bite out of attendance. But hopefully with a fully loaded team hitting the field as the season kicks off, Gonzalez and the rest of the Falcons will get a taste of that old Arrowhead magic.