Before every game, the Chiefs send out game notes that include various connections between the two teams. One big one that wasn’t included is between Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Chiefs CB Jackie Bates. Jones-Drew made sure to mention it to the Kansas City media and Josh Looney got the full story.
“Tell Jackie Bates I said hello. If you guys didn’t know, I raised him from a young boy. I’m serious. We went to high school with him. He was a grade under me and that was my man.”
Bates and Jones-Drew both played at high school powerhouse De La Salle in Concord, California. I t was there that the two became close friends and even lived together for a portion of the school year.
“He’s like a big-brother to me,” Bates said. “Our families are really cool and I was really cool with his grandfather that passed, Mr. Jones. He’s a really good friend of mine. I was living at his house a lot during the school year because De La Salle was a lot closer to his house than mine. It was about an hour commute for me, so I would stay there a lot. He really did look out for me.”
How cool is that?!
Bates just being on the team is a pretty amazing story by itself, so it’s extra special that he will get a chance to play against one of his best childhood friends if he is active against the Jaguars. With the depth that the Chiefs have at corner, Bates likely be exclusively used on special teams again, but I’m sure just seeing his friend while they are both in an NFL uniform will be plenty good enough.