On Friday evening, to kickoff the weekend of Rookie Mini Camp, the Chiefs newest members gathered in the cafeteria to hear from Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, Head Coach Andy Reid, General Manager John Dorsey and former Chiefs players.
“This was a chance to introduce the group to the organization in a different way, not an X’s and O’s way, but in a historical way,” Coach Reid explained. “They had the chance to meet the Ambassadors, players who have played at Arrowhead before them, and they got to meet the owner and learn the history of the Kansas City Chiefs.”
Over 100 rookies were in attendance for this special event, mingling with Chiefs alumni, coaches and staff, while getting to know their rookie class.
“This dinner was like the official welcoming to the team and the organization,” Aaron Murray said. “This weekend is focused on the rookies, it’s our time to shine. The veterans are gone, so it gives us an opportunity to go show these coaches what we’re about.”
The event began with Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt explaining the incredible passion, dedication and support that is commonly shown by Chiefs fans. He also spoke to the rich history and tradition of the Kansas City Chiefs. He told the story of Lamar Hunt bringing the Dallas Texans to Kansas City, changing the name to Chiefs and explained the creation of the Foolish Club and the Super Bowl.
“The Chiefs have an incredible history and this dinner was to learn more about that and a chance to get to talk to some of the Chiefs greats,” Dee Ford said. “It’s amazing to get to talk to people with so much knowledge, who have been a Chiefs player, it’s a great experience. It’s still sinking in that I’ve been blessed to be a part of this organization and work with Coach Harris and Coach Thomas. It’s exciting.”
The group also heard from Chiefs Ambassador Shawn Barber, who offered some advice and words of wisdom.
“Soak in as much knowledge as possible, learn from the coaches and former players,” Barber said. “Take this opportunity to learn about the history and tradition of this team and this city. There is so much energy in this rookie class, bring that high energy to every practice, every play, and every game.”
Rookie Mini Camp began on Saturday and will continue through Monday. Check kcchiefs.com for more all the latest news and information.