9/11/2016 . . . a heartfelt note from Jim . . .
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. In the second year after the Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City to become the Kansas City Chiefs football team, my mom purchased two season tickets for her two oldest sons. That was awhile ago . . . 1964. The season tickets were $35 each . . . for the whole season! My older brother and I routinely took the city bus to the old Municipal Stadium to watch our team play ball. I remember sub-freezing temperatures and snow on the field. We were steadfast in our support for our team. My Kansas City Chiefs remind me of a time when we looked up to the adults around us and wanted to emulate them. I remember my parents. I remember my Boy Scout leaders. I remember my teachers. I remember my pastor and my Sunday School teachers.
I am proud to say that my city and my Kansas City teams continue to reflect my upbringing. Below is a quotation from the Kansas City Chiefs website just prior to the season opening game on 9/11/2016:
“After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity. It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone’s opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11. It’s our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community.”
- Representing All Kansas City Chiefs Players