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Kareem Hunt: “I think only Cleveland people scored today”

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Hunt and Travis Kelce, Cleveland natives, were the only Chiefs to score touchdowns for the offense on Sunday.

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Sometimes, what happens in real life makes for a better story than anything you could possibly make up. So is the case for what transpired Sunday for Cleveland-area natives Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 37-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Hunt went as far to purchase more than 100 tickets so that his Willoughby-South high school football team could attend the game. Hunt’s mother delivered the tickets to the school on Thursday.

“It’s a dream come true that I’m able to do something like that for my high school, the program and the coaches,” Hunt said after the game. “I really wanted to go out and win this game, because it means more to me than a lot of the other ones.”

Hunt made that abundantly clear. By game’s end, he had compiled 141 scrimmage yards, two rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown. Hunt gave his first touchdown ball to a child in the stands.

“I was looking for a fan or a little kid,” Hunt added. “It’s my hometown. I wanted to give back, so I found a kid who would really appreciate it.”

Hunt said that he had been talking to Kelce about their return to Cleveland all week.

“It feels amazing,” Kelce said after the game. “I was a kid that grew up right down the street in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, dreaming of one day being able to play in this stadium in front of these fans. It’s a dream come true. It’s a cool feeling. Browns fans, I’m sorry we had to do it, but we’re about business over here in Kansas City. It’s fun playing with these guys in this locker room.”

Kelce caught seven passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

Together, with the help of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Cleveland-area Chiefs led the way for the team’s eighth win of the season.

“It’s kind of special that we are on the same team and can go out there and have a big game for both of us,” Hunt said. “He had a big game and I had a big game, I think only Cleveland people scored today, so that’s a good thing.”