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Clyde Edwards-Helaire discusses his military upbringing and rookie season

Edwards-Helaire joined us for a special edition of The Arrowhead Pride Laboratory.

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has teamed up with USAA to appear in the USAA Salute to Service Virtual Lounge — an exclusive chalk talk for military members, veterans and their families.

During the chalk talk, Edwards-Helaire will recognize military based at Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Riley. Those in the military community, military members and veterans are encouraged to submit their questions for Edwards-Helaire in advance and then tune in live on Tuesday, December 15, at 8 p.m. Arrowhead Time at

As part of promoting Tuesday evening’s event, Edwards-Helaire spent some time talking to me about both his military upbringing and his rookie season.

Here are a few takeaways from the conversation:

His favorite play of his rookie season

“My touchdown against Houston in Arrowhead,” he said. “[My] very first touchdown. It’s against Houston. Everything about the moment for me was just surreal. I think for a long time, it’ll probably be the best moment.”

Getting involved in the passing game against Miami

“It’s just knowing and understanding your role on offense with so many weapons,” he said. “Whenever coach (Andy) Reid and EB (Eric Bieniemy) feel like a skill can be implemented, then we use it. This week, one of the things was getting the ball to the back and being able to pass the ball in any situation and anywhere on the field. It just so happened that I was able to get a couple catches and get some yards.”

Edwards-Helaire’s military upbringing

“The main reason I am participating is my mom being in army and my dad being a Marine. I had that household upbringing, that military background,” he said. “Knowing that USAA has been securing my life and the military’s been securing my life since I was born gives me the comfort.”

You can listen to the full interview on the Arrowhead Pride podcast channel.

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