Welcome to Arrowhead and the Kansas City Chiefs organization. On behalf of some of your most loyal fans here on ArrowheadPride.com, let me say we are behind you all the way and look forward to your success here as the new General Manager. Since you came from another team in the NFL, I wanted to take a moment and bring you up to speed on some Chiefs lore and tradition.
I am sure you are well aware of Lamar Hunt and his contributions to the game and the team itself. But our tradition was begun back in the days before you were born. As you walk the halls of Arrowhead, I would ask that you pay particular attention to one room. When you are looking out on the field, you can see it around the stadium known as the Ring of Honor. That room is the Chiefs Hall of Fame. It contains the History of this proud franchise and the men who laid the foundation. The men who have been enshrined into this room make up the Ring of Honor. Why were they chosen? Not only were they great players, but they were great men. That is the type of players we hope that you will be able to find for the Chiefs organization.
One of the things most missed at Arrowhead stadium is a legend in itself. I am sure this legend was put to bed because of political correctness. I personally would like to see the legend resurrected. It brought meaning to every touchdown and the start of every game beyond the score itself. It instilled pride in our players and fans and brought fear upon our opponents. That my friend was the legend of "Warpaint". This was a mascot that set a standard above all mascots. We have had fun with KC Wolf, but it’s time to bring meaning back to the sidelines. And when you bring that meaning back, you will bring a sense of pride to the players that they have never known. The Arrowhead chop and song will once again ring with meaning. Who cannot get excited doing and singing the chop song when a touchdown is scored and the players want to hear that as many times a game as possible. What team would want to come in hear and face the possibility of that song being played? And this from Coach John Madden, "We couldn't beat the Chiefs, but we damn near killed their horse." This following their 42-10 loss to the Chiefs in 1975.
You have the unique opportunity to bring the pride back to the Chiefs that we seem to have lost or forgot about. We think you can do it, and we know it won’t be easy. But if you ever get discouraged, leave your office and take a walk down to "that" room and look those players in their eyes that are in each picture, and imagine not what they would do, but what they did. Read and remember what made young men like Mack Lee Hill and Joe Delaney.
Again, welcome to Kansas City and welcome to the Chiefs!