They say that you will remember where you were when you found out about various tragic events like JFK's assassination, 9/11, Michael Jackson dying or the Boston Marathon Bombings. Well Chiefs fans around the world will remember where they were when they found out what happened one morning in early December.
Chiefs fans have had to endure a lot of sorrow and sadness over the last 50 years. Whether it be the horrible 80's seasons, Derrick Thomas passing away or any of the promising seasons ending by going one and done in the playoffs. In my mind though the 2012 season will forever be the worst.
As if it were not bad enough that at this point we had only one victory and were on our way to the worst season in Chiefs history. As if it wasn't bad enough that Jamaal Charles was our only form of offense because our QB's were downright horrible. As if it wasn't bad enough that our Head Coach didn't even know what was wrong on the team. It almost seemed ominous that something even worse was going to happen but no one knew what.
What it was was the single worst moment in Chiefs history. It left a little girl without her parents and a mom without her daughter and players without their brother in arms. It left Derrick Johnson without the person he credited a lot of his success to. It left two coaches and a General Manager with an image that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. It left fans wondering if the season could get any worse.
Think back to where you were when you found out that Jovan Belcher had killed his girlfriend and then shot himself in front of Larry Gibbs, Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli.
I know where I was on that fateful day.
I was sitting in the break room at Walmart and I have one of the Tire and Lube people tell me that a Chiefs player shot and killed his girlfriend and later himself. I later find out it was Belcher. I was in shock. You see many of the players are friends of a friend. This person whose name I will not reveal but will say that it is a female and a former co-worker of mine. She has known most of the team since 1997 and is good friends with them. My mind automatically goes right to thinking about how she is handling this. The day after this happened I came into work and immediately gave her a hug.
The team we see before us on Sundays is a team that a lot of the players had to go through this. Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid knows all to well what these guys went through because he lost his son due to drugs. This team has seen the worst of the worst times. They go out there knowing that what they went through a year ago was the worst thing they could ever go through.
Yeah they are in the midst of a losing streak but they know that things could be a lot worse. No one can tell this team anything negative after last year. They are a team born from the worst team in the NFL last year and the Jovan Belcher tragedy. They are 9-2 after a 2-14 season. They had one of the worst offenses in NFL history last year. They didn't have a regulation lead until week 8.
This team was born from the worst team. No one could have predicted his amount of success. The team is taking this season one game at a time. They have no expectations this season. They deserve this season more than any team in the NFL.
This team was born from tragedy.