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Clark Hunt acknowledges that it’s easy to be spoiled by the Chiefs’ success

Speaking after Sunday’s victory, Kansas City’s chairman and CEO reflected on the 2023 season.

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Speaking to reporters following the team’s 25-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium — which earned it an eighth consecutive AFC West title and a postseason playoff berth — Kansas City Chiefs’ chairman and CEO Clark Hunt wanted to credit head coach Andy Reid.

“I want to congratulate Andy, his staff and the team on winning the AFC West. [It’s an] incredible accomplishment to do it eight straight years.

“It was a great victory today: [an] all-around great performance by the team. Special teams, defense [and] offense — all phases — played great. While we’re excited about it, it’s only the first of our goals. We’ve got a lot in front of us from here.”

Hunt acknowledges that it’s become easy to be spoiled by the team’s success during Reid’s tenure.

“I think in recent years we’ve come to expect that the path’s going to be pretty easy to [win] the AFC title — and it never is, right?

“I find that personally, I tend to forget how hard certain seasons have been. You sort of block out the tough parts of the season. You normally think about the victories and winning the AFC West and getting that Lamar Hunt Trophy.

“So there’ll be a time to reflect on this season and look at the challenges — but I would say it’s just part of the National Football League.”

Hunt realizes that in the NFL, hard times can always be just a turnover or two away — but that dealing with adversity has a silver lining, too.

“Every year is different,” observed Hunt, “and we’ve had adversity in some other years where we’ve won the West as well. I do think adversity can be beneficial by the time you get to the playoffs — because the playoffs are never going to be easy. So I think [today’s success] speaks to the character of the team — and that’ll benefit us going forward.”

Hunt can never speak with reporters without being asked about the team’s plans about Arrowhead Stadium — and Sunday evening was no exception.

“Nothing’s changed from our perspective,” declared Hunt. “We’re still focused on GEHA Field at Arrowhead. We believe it’s one of the best stadiums in the National Football League. We hope to make it our home for at least another 25 years.”

That’s a sentiment that would have been shared by team founder Lamar Hunt, whom his son remembered in closing.

“Nobody was a bigger Chiefs fan than my dad,” said Clark, who now oversees the family’s ownership of the team. “That included the tough years as well as the good years. He would’ve so enjoyed this past decade of Chiefs football. I wish that he was here to enjoy it — because he would love this.

“He would love it particularly for our fans. He was always about the fans. He [knew] how much the organization means to them — and vice versa: how much they mean to us.”

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