Kansas City Chiefs players, executives and staff came to Joplin Thursday not only to help in the clean-up, but to spread some cheer, as well. The Chiefs set up their fun zone for kids to play and players like quarterback Matt Cassell and linebacker Andy Studebaker signed autographs.
Wednesday marked the one month anniversary of the tornado that tore through Joplin that Sunday evening in May and a crew of over 150 players, front office staff, and team personnel showed up to help with the clean-up efforts and lend a much needed helping hand.
The reactions and responses were the same from every other team and even myself who witnessed the destruction first hand.
“I was on the bus with all the coaches and players and it went from a talkative bus to dead silence,” said GM Scott Pioli. “We arrived and right as we got off the buses we got right into the mess, we didn’t really need direction because we all knew, as you can see plainly, what kind of help was needed.”
I thought Matt Cassel summed it up perfectly…you can’t describe what you see to people until you are there. “You can tell them whatever you want to tell them but the reality really sets in when you come over that hill and you see a 2 by 6 mile radius of just pure destruction; it looks like a nuclear bomb went off.”
Interviews courtesy of Missourinet affiliate KZRG-AM, Joplin