Family First, Then Comes Play For The Kansas City Chiefs

Raphael Haynes
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With Super Bowl LV approaching, the Kansas City Chiefs are preparing for a back-to-back celebration on the 50-yard line. They are one of, if not, the most talented teams in the NFL but that’s not the sole reason they are difficult to beat. It’s the brotherhood of this team.

According to the 2021 Super Bowl odds, the Chiefs are favorite to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Three years ago, the Chiefs had home-field advantage in the AFC Championship game against an older, less athletic New England Patriots. Of course, Tom Brady was the quarterback and he broke the hearts of the Chiefs with a thrilling comeback.

Since then, the team added players but most of all, they became a close-knit group.

Most teams have their usual clicks but that’s not the case with Kansas City. No matter what the age or the position is, everyone gets along.

“It can be a D-linemen coming up to talk to Patrick Mahomes and it’s like there best friends. Everybody is like a family here,” said running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell was picked up by the Chiefs on October 15th after he was release by the New York Jets. The brotherhood is what help the 8th-year veteran decide to join the Chiefs.

“When I first got here, that was one of the first thing I noticed,” stated Bell. “It’s a lot of laughter and we have fun here.”

Most would think that it would be friction between the defense and the offense but both sides root for each other and look at each other as equal. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland says that’s what he loves about the team.

“It’s never any animosity amongst the players here. We want everyone to succeed,” stated Breeland.

Two-time Pro Bowler (2019-20) defensive end Chris Jones echoed the same message. Jones gives coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach credit for building this team and the chemistry.

Offensively, it seems as if the Chiefs are never out of sync on the field. Patrick Mahomes makes sure they are in sync off the field according to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.

“Off the field, I don’t know if they made a better human. He makes everyone in the [locker room] feel like their part of his family,” stated Kelce. “When you have a leader like that, it makes you want to go on the field and give him everything you got.”

The Chiefs have proven the last two years that they are hard to beat and contain. Like last year, in the Super Bowl, when they were down late and needed a big play, Mahomes showed trust in wide receiver Tyreek Hill. That trust was built during training camp due to friendship and brotherhood.

It remains to be seen if they will win Super Bowl LV but we know that because of their family oriented bond, they will always have a chance no matter what the situation is.

 

 

Raphael Haynes

Atlanta, GA

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