This Sunday marks the Kansas City Chiefs’ home opener against the San Francisco 49ers, and it is a day that will be like “a dream come true” for Xavier Williams.
A native of Grandview, Missouri, Williams grew up cheering on the Chiefs in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium. This Sunday, though, Williams won’t be joining his family members in the crowd. Instead, he will be down on the field playing in front of them in his first regular-season home game as a Chief.
“It’s gonna be big,” Williams said about the game. “My family is going to come out and see me play and it’ll be their first time seeing me play in a NFL game. My whole family’s from here. I don’t even think words can describe how excited they are. My mom’s been getting ready for this since the day I signed.”
However, his mom isn’t the only one getting ready for Sunday. Williams also anticipates a more energized Chiefs football team given the preferred and long-awaited environment that is Arrowhead Stadium.
“Everybody loves playing a home game, get a home cooked meal, hang around your family before and after the game,” Williams said. “I think the whole team is going to feel more lively playing in front of the whole crowd especially for the first time. [We’ll] get Arrowhead rocking.”
But aside from all of the excitement and emotion, Sunday, at the end of the day, is another opportunity for Williams to go out and continue to push himself to help his team.
“I think it’s been a pretty good season so far, but feel like it can definitely get a lot better of me personally,” Williams said on his personal evaluation of his play. “It’s only the first two weeks of the season, so there’s plenty of time to still improve and get to where I want to be, but being 2-0 you can’t complain to much.”