Like all of you, I have been a huge Chiefs fan since I was able to be one. I guess I should thank my parents for that. I remember the tires squealing out of the church parking lot in order to get us home for kickoff every Sunday, or tailgating five hours in advance of a sweltering pre-season game. Following, studying, and talking Chiefs are probably the most enjoyable small parts of my day. Arrowhead Pride is easily my most visited website each day.
Deep down I always wanted to work for the NFL and obviously my first choice would be the Chiefs. Unfortunately, I never saw this as a realistic option. It’s a business where you have to know somebody, have to have played, and most importantly you have to be ready and willing to be beat down before getting that foot in the door.
Nevertheless I wanted to try it. I could survive a few months of trying to volunteer/intern or search like crazy for an entry-level position. My first strong lead actually came from the Chiefs after I drove out to Indianapolis for the combine and met some people. However, this was right as the scouting staff was being turned over and all those leads fell apart.
Then came a lead with the Ravens. I followed up like crazy with them and never got a response. I even bought a Ravens hat even though it seemed contradictory to my true Chiefs nature.
Finally I got a letter back from the Titans. They liked my ambition and wanted to see my work. We corresponded and although I could never officially get them to hire me I planned on moving down to Nashville for a month to get to know them and offer to work for free. It ended with a rejection.
At this point I was almost just ready to sell printers like every other recent grad I know and just to make some money and realize that in order to make it in the NFL in any capacity is more difficult than I initially thought. I tried going to college coaching clinics and aiming to intern with college teams again to no avail.
Deep down I knew if I just kept pushing I would get what I wanted, or at least close to it. I did some crafty work with Facebook to get some connections. I guessed email addresses, made a lot of phone calls, and ended up getting an interview with the KC Chiefs in their sales department. After a tough 1st interview I was surprised to get a quick call back for a 2nd. Then, after several months I got the call I had been waiting for. I was offered a ticket sales position with the Kansas City Chiefs.
I just wanted to share that with you guys because I am basically just a big Chiefs fan who now gets to have a small office space in 1 Arrowhead Drive. It was my first day when I saw Todd Haley shuffling morosely down the stairs that I realized I’m going to like it here.
Also, I am of course stoked about going to the Chiefs Draft Party next week out here at Arrowhead and would love to meet you guys in person and talk Chiefs. Send me an email or just reach out to me in the comments if you want to meet up!