Head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey invited former Chiefs players to attend practice on Saturday morning at Chiefs Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care.
“It was great to have the alumni out here; they all introduced themselves to the team in the huddle, told what position they played and their alma mater,” Reid said. “If there were guys from their school, they got them kind of going a little bit so it’s a neat deal.
"It’s the history of the Chiefs, and it’s a great history so, we welcome those guys back. We appreciate them taking the time to come out here and stand in the humidity and get a little sweat going as they watched practice.”
The Chiefs alumni were thrilled to be a part of the team again. They offered advice to the current roster, spent time on the sidelines and reminisced on their glory days.
“It was good seeing old friends and a lot of guys that I had played with, along with seeing John Dorsey again,” Paul Coffman, former Chiefs player from 1986-1987, noted. “I played for Green Bay from 1978-1985 and was teammates with John, so it’s great seeing him again and it’s fun being back to see the team. I think it’s awesome that the Chiefs are including former players. It’s amazing to feel like you’re a part of the team again.”
Coach Reid, John Dorsey and the entire Chiefs organization want to honor the team's history and recognize and respect the former players.
“Coach Reid has been very receptive to meeting former players and remembering the Chiefs history,” Ken Kremer said, who played for the Chiefs from 1979-1984. “John Dorsey actually played with some of us or against some of us as well, so there’s a little camaraderie there too. It was great to look back on some stories and to be a part of this team.”
This was the first time alumni were personally invited to training camp. Including Ambassadors, there were 25 former Chiefs that attended practice.
“The group was a mix of Ambassadors and alumni,” Kremer explained. “The Ambassadors are a group of about 30 former players who work with the Chiefs in the community on a regular basis, but the alumni are all former players. Some may not live in the area anymore, but try to still stay involved with the organization.”
Following practice, Reid instructed Allen Wright, the Chiefs equipment manager, to make sure the alumni did not leave empty-handed.
“Allen Wright was so kind to get the alumni some Chiefs gear so they can continue to show their Chiefs pride and to make them feel welcome with the Chiefs organization,” Georgia David, Chiefs community relations coordinator, noted. “This is the first time we’ve had both Ambassadors and alumni out to training camp and we had a great response from the guys and the fans. The alumni really felt included and appreciated the invitation to attend camp and connect more with the Chiefs organization, the fans and the players.”