When SI’s Peter King visited Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joe on Monday, he brought with him more than a notebook. As part of “USO On Wheels”, 14 military personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base were able to attend the practice.
Instead of just treating them as the special guests they are with VIP passes, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley let them all be a part of practice. That included riding the sled and creating a “gauntlet” with blocking pads for Kansas City players.
One of the airmen told King it was the “Greatest day of my life”.
Another, staff sergeant Jason Williams, told the Chiefs official site that the entire experience was a surprise.
“We thought that we were going to be up in the stands. This was a nice surprise and we loved it.”
This experience had to be equally special for everyone involved. Sure, the airmen were given this unbelievable surprise, but we are all looking for ways to show our thanks to the brave men and women serving this country and the Chiefs players were able to do it in one of the most unique ways possible.