If you will, allow your mind to wander back to December 1, 2012. This was the lowest day of an awful 2-14 season for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Amid all the turmoil already draped over Arrowhead and the football town of Kansas City, headlines that morning read like this, Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher Kills Girlfriend, Then Himself. This mind-numbing tragedy left a 3-month-old baby girl parent-less. This disaster left a family without their 22-year-old daughter. This calamity left an entire city with tears of pain dripping from their eyes to their hearts, forming a scar upon the top called grief. The pain of losing a thousand football games is in no way comparable to the pain of what happened this day, and that is why this catastrophe epitomized pain and suffering that no NFL team should have to go through. The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs went through it, and came out the other side better for it. We all knew this team was made of warriors, true men that could make it through any tribulation after they decided to play the next game on their schedule against the Carolina Panthers, and fought through the pain to get their second and last win of the season. The most inspiring thing is the way they got that win, relying on what has been a recurring theme in this Chiefs team over the years: family. This Chiefs team is a family. They relied on each other as family during this hard time, and the unity now shared in that locker room has shown through in this 2013 season. They have welcomed new faces into their family, and it is this welcoming, open-armed, united mindset that has got every new player on this team 100% on-board. The chemistry that this team has already shown with one another is remarkable. They are best friends; they know that no matter what, they can count on the guy to their right, to their left, in front of them, or behind them, as long as they’re wearing Chiefs red. This team is not built on the cheaply overused, sandy foundation of star players, statistics, and media hype. Rather, this team is built on a rock solid foundation of unity, trust, and family.
If you will, allow your mind to fast forward to October 21, 2013. Amid all the magic circulating through Arrowhead and the football town of Kansas City, the headlines that morning read Broncos Fall to 6-1, Chiefs Boast Best Record at 7-0. This fantastic turnaround has reunited a city and fan base. This resurgence has taken the world of football by storm. This team has shown the ability to rely on their unshakable mental foundation to get through everything and accomplish anything. We can be sure in our team that if they lose a game, or a couple of games, they will have the togetherness and fortitude to fight through it, because no football team had to push through what they fought through last year. The difference between the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs and the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs is that they have now fully matured as a family and as a team. We are seeing the same type of unity and inspiring trust and togetherness that we saw during last year's game vs. the Panthers, only week in and week out. This team does not need a hall of fame quarterback, who can throw any pass you want him to. This team does not need big name players, media hype, or recognition. The one thing this team needs is what it has, and what it has is truly the difference between winners and champions; and not just champions, but warriors. "FAMILY ON THREE!... ONE! TWO! THREE!...