This is my first post as a member of Arrowhead Pride and I wanted to tell all of you a little bit about me and my life as a Chiefs fan. You see, this year has been the first year for me to fully appreciate and understand what we, as fans, call Chiefs football. Let me back up on this.
I was born into a family full of Chiefs fans. Most of my family was born in Kansas City but they then moved to a city just Southwest of Springfield. That city was Branson. Growing up in Branson I only knew one sport, and that sport was Chiefs football. I grew up watching every Chiefs game and even formed some great memories watching games as family functions. While I was at this age I didn't really fully understand the history of Chiefs football but I knew that the Chiefs were my team.
Fast forward to a 15 year old me on October 13, 2003. I am headed up to Kansas City to attend my very first Kansas City Chiefs football game. Little did I know that on that Sunday afternoon, I would witness in what I believe to be the greatest return by any player in the history of the NFL. Dante Hall has his famous 93 yard return against the Denver Broncos. That game has been one of the greatest moments of my life. I remember that game just as if it were yesterday. During that 2003 season I would watch the Chiefs go into the playoffs where they would lose to the Indianapolis Colts. I was disappointed this year but was ready for the next season.
The next year I would be 16 and I would have interest in other things besides football. I watched the Chiefs but I didn't have the times with my family like I had when I was younger. Now I was still a Chiefs fan and always would be, but I simply had other interests and wasn't a very hardcore loving Chiefs fan. I would watch a game every once in awhile but it just wasn't like it was when I was younger. In other terms, I was a teenager. Over the next few years this is just how it was with me and football. On sundays I would rather be out doing other things than sitting at home watching football. So that's what I did.
In 2007 I would end up going to college and joining a fraternity. When I joined this fraternity I had to devote all of my Sundays to meetings and other sorts of commitments that was asked of me. Because of this I never had time to watch football. In fact, I rarely kept up with scores on any team. Well except for the Chiefs. I would see if they had won or not but I would only check these scores just a few times during that season. During the next 5 years I would be busy on every Sunday during the football season and I would never watch a Chiefs football game.
2013. I get finished with college and finally have some time to watch sports. I start by watching baseball. My girlfriend is a huge baseball fan and she was the reason why I started watching baseball. I never did watch it when I was younger but I ended up enjoying the sport. I had never watched a baseball team from the very beginning of a season to the end and it was something that made me realize that I missed watching the Chiefs. In fact, I now had my Sundays off so I would be able to watch games again. Well I really hadn't kept up with the Chiefs at all. I knew that they had gone 2-14 the year before and that they hired Andy Reid from Philadelphia. But I really didn't know anything else about the team. So I watch a preseason show about the Chiefs that I just happen to find on television. I think it was the Saturday before the Jags game. I learn more about the team and see who our main players are. I felt like an idiot. The last Chiefs team I really remembered was Trent Green, Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez. Remember, I hadn't really watched the team since that 2003 season. Now I had players like Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. No matter what, I was ready to finally have a year that I could watch the Kansas City Chiefs. I watch every game and I get excited, I am finally at an age where I can watch football and really appreciate the game. AND THE CHIEFS WERE WINNING! I was excited about the game and the team. It made me think back to the 2003 team. It made me realize a lot of things about that team and how I felt about the Chiefs. It reminded me of all the memories I had with my family when I was younger rooting for the Chiefs. I had forgotten about all of the great memories I made with my family while watching the Chiefs. It took this season for me to remember how much I really loved the Chiefs and how much I had missed watching football. This was my season to discover my inner Chief.
I am now 25 and I watched this entire season. I also found this community of Kansas City Chiefs fans in Arrowhead Pride. I checked this website along with others every day itching for more Kansas City Chiefs. I looked up as much as I could on the Kansas City Chiefs. I wanted to know the history of the team, so I submerged myself in Chiefs history. I have covered myself in more Arrowhead Pride this year than I ever have in my entire life. This year I have been re-born as a Kansas City Chiefs fan and I could not be any happier to call myself a fan. It has taken me this year to fully appreciate the game and the team, but I felt the pain from the playoff game on Saturday. It wasn't until that game that I really knew how it felt to be a fan of a team that you love so much. It took this season and that loss for me to really realize that the Kansas City Chiefs is my team. For me, the Kansas City Chiefs isn't just a football team, but it is memories of my childhood, memories of me watching games with my grandpa (RIP), memories of me watching games with my father, and this 2013 season will be a season I will never forget. This is the season that made me the Kansas City Chiefs fan I was meant to be. Thank you Kansas City Chiefs and thank you Arrowhead Pride. I am proud to be a fan of the greatest team on earth. GO CHIEFS!