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Examiner
  • Arrowhead additions get ‘thumbs up’ from Chiefs fans of all ages

  • Like many preseason contests, much of the activity inside the new Arrowhead Stadium was as much fun to watch as the action on the field, where the Kansas City Chiefs roughed up the second-string Green Bay Packers 17-13.

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  • Like many preseason contests, much of the activity inside the new Arrowhead Stadium was as much fun to watch as the action on the field, where the Kansas City Chiefs roughed up the second-string Green Bay Packers 17-13.
    One of my favorite scenes took place inside the sensational Hall of Honor, where every member of the Chiefs Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame is recognized.
    There, you will find Len Dawson’s helmet from Super Bowl IV, Marcus Allen’s jersey from his 100th touchdown game, a sweater that belonged to the mentor — colorful coach Hank Stram — and helmets and jerseys from the original American Football League teams.
    As I checked out each player’s locker, David Maxon led his 7-8 year-old Blue Springs Storm football team through the hallowed hall.
    You could tell he was the coach because he had a whistle around his neck and the respect of his young charges.
    “I’m a longtime Chiefs fan,” Maxon said, “and this is a pretty neat part of the stadium.”
    While the players were too young to remember players like Dawson, Taylor, Mays and Buchanan, they got pretty fired up when they came upon the Super Bowl IV championship trophy.
    “That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen,” said Noah Hess, a 7-year-old who looked like he could play on the Chiefs offensive line. “I like all this stuff.”
    So did his dad, Matt.
    “This brings back some great memories,” Matt Hess said. “I want to see the lockers of Priest Holmes and Deron Cherry. And Albert Lewis — he and Deron were so great when they played in the Chiefs secondary.”
    Another coach, John Murkin, added, “I was born in 1969 (it was the 1969 team that won Super Bowl IV in 1970), and I remember a lot of these players. It’s pretty neat to walk through and see everything. I know that all of us want to come back when we can really take some time to walk through and see everything.”
    The Hall of Honor also had a big impact on Dawson, one of the most recognizable and honored players in Chiefs history.
    “I knew all those old guys,” Dawson chuckled. “And they have the projector Hank used to use to show us game film. There are probably some young guys on the team who wonder what that projector is.”
    Chiefs Chairman of the board, Clark Hunt, was thrilled with the fan reaction inside the new-look stadium.
    “We made an effort to add something on every level for our fans,” Hunt said. “One of the greatest things about this night is the fan reaction. I’ve received a lot of thumbs ups from our fans.”
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