“With the 12th pick of the 4th round, number 107 overall, the Kansas City Chiefs select …
-Jim Job, 50-year Chiefs Season Ticket Holder at the 2012 NFL Draft
Jim Job has been with the Chiefs since Day One. He’s one of several hundred Chiefs Season Ticket accounts that opened, and has stayed active for the 50 years since Lamar Hunt moved the AFL’s Dallas Texans to Kansas City in 1963.
From watching Len Dawson and Bobby Bell roam Municipal Stadium to seeing Joe Montana, Trent Green and
Mr. Job (pronounced “Jobe”) originally purchased four season tickets through his former employer, Singular Refining Co. in 1963. He has been a passionate fan throughout the years and has even scheduled surgeries around the Chiefs schedule in order attend games.
Though he can no longer drive, Job has a deal in place with his family and friends that if they drive, he will treat them to the game. Gamedays at Arrowhead have been especially memorable for Job and his wife, who loves the Chiefs just as much as he does.
Job actually became friends with many of the players back in 1963, serving as a pitcher for the Chiefs fast pitch softball team. The softball team was an early marketing ploy of Hunt to help integrate the franchise into its new community.
"There are some kids out there who have Jim Job's autograph who are now adults wondering, 'who the heck is that?'" Job, a 1958 graduate of UMKC, told university's alumni association.
When the NFL asked the Chiefs to select a fan to announce a draft pick live at the 2012 NFL Draft, Job was a natural choice for the honor.
“We are very excited that Jim Job was able to announce our fourth-round draft pick during the 2012 NFL Draft in New York City this past weekend,” said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. “As a 50-year Season Ticket Holder, we knew that Jim would not only be a great ambassador for the Chiefs organization, but would also take great pride in representing all Chiefs fans at the draft.
Job was one of 34 fans to make announcements for their teams. He and his brother, Jerry, received an all-expense paid trip to New York City that included chauffer service and a 90-minute breakfast with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
At the breakfast, Job was specifically recognized by Goodell for his longevity as a Chiefs fan.
“That was a wonderful feeling,” Job said.
Live on NFL Network, host Rich Eisen threw to a live feed of Job announcing the selection of Wylie from the Chiefs Draft Table (Watch Video).
“The entire Chiefs family would like to thank Jim for his unwavering support throughout the years and commend him on a job well done this past weekend,” Donovan said.