KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas City Chiefs went back to high school for a very good cause on Tuesday. Inspiration, dedication and perseverance; that’s the message Chiefs players Spencer Ware and Darrin Reaves are spreading to high school football players around the metro.
“Playing and trying to give my all since a I was little kid. It's just a brotherly love, man. Every sport and every profession don't have that right there,” Ware told the players as he and Reaves started their visit.
The Turner High School football team is 3 - 4 with a huge game coming up against rival Wyandotte High School.
The Chiefs visit meant a lot to these players.
“It’s great, you know. I have been a Chiefs fan all my life and so seeing these two players come out and talk to me it makes me feel real good on the inside,” said Turner senior Robert Erwin.
But it’s not just a gift to the students, it is also gift to the pros.
“I feel like it is important to give back to people who started off basically where I started off,” said Reaves, to which Ware followed up by saying: “It’s critical. You don't know what help you can do. You don't know what a kid is going through mentally, physically.”
Reaves and Ware say as they look back on their lives, they both have coaches who inspired them to be great, to work hard and to never give up. Those are lessons they say can be taken off the field and into any aspect of life.
That message heard loud and clear by the Turner players. The group left inspired and better for having this experience.
“You can do anything you put your mind to and no matter what, even if you are undrafted or whatnot, you can always go to that school and be great,” said Kyle Burg.
After practice, Ware and Reaves stayed to sign autographs and take pictures with any player who wanted one. It is an experience these guys say will stay with them for the rest of their lives.