The Kansas City Chiefs traded in their OTA session for a trip to Whiteman Air Force Base in a visit coordinated with the VFW’s “Return The Favor” program. Bob Gretz was there with the group that was led by head coach Todd Haley.
Joining Haley for the trip were QBs Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle, Matt Gutierrez and Tyler Palko, and RBs Thomas Jones, Kestahn Moore, Mike Cox, Tim Castille, Javarris Williams and Jackie Battle. Also with the group were Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Bobby Bell, Chiefs Hall of Fame S Deron Cherry and former radio broadcaster Bill Grigsby.
“To have them come out and spend time with us really means a lot,” said Colonel Rodgers. “They are committed people and they have work to do. For them to think of us is special.”
Not as special for Haley on what a visit to a military installation like Whiteman can do for him and his players.
“I think it gives us an understanding and appreciation for what we have and why we have it,” Haley said. “ We have a young team and part of the education we are trying to impart to them is just that – it’s not all football, and it’s not something that should be taken for granted. These men and women protect those opportunities for us and young men need to understand that.”
The Chiefs just continue to knock it out of the park when it comes to giving back to the community. A lot of teams visit with service men and women before a game or practice (which is always great) but to make the effort right at the beginning of the offseason program to travel an hour for this sort of meet and greet is something every team should be doing.
As we know, this isn’t new territory for the Chiefs. Just two weeks ago they spent the day at Ft. Leavenworth.