KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs’ wide receiver Chris Conley surprised a Kansas City sixth-grader on Monday by presenting him with a hoodie in honor of the boy’s late father, Cpl. David Unger, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
On Sunday, for the team’s annual Veteran’s Day ‘Salute to Service’ at Arrowhead, Chiefs players wore warm-ups with the names of 63 fallen service men and women from Missouri and Kansas.
The week before the game against the Jaguars, each player received a card in their locker, identifying their service man or woman.
“Where they’re from and what happened to them and where they served and so we got to take a small peek into their lives and who they were. It made wearing these before the game so much more personal,” Conley explained.
“He passed on the 17th and that’s my number and so that added even more significance to me wearing that. I think everyone kind of took a moment before they left to go on the field for warm ups with those cards. Some guys said a prayer. Some guys just sat there and read them. It was powerful. It was very powerful and I think these families receiving these jerseys is very powerful as well,” said Conley.
Gage Unger’s family was at Plaza Middle School, 6501 N.W. 72nd Street, for the presentation of the warm-up hoodie that Conley wore on Sunday.
“That is our way of saying thank you to not only you, but your family for the sacrifice that your father made for our country. It’s something that we don’t take lightly at all,” Conley said. “I’m from a military background so I know the sacrifice that a family makes. We’re giving this to you as a way of saying thank you for your father’s service and that your father will always be with you and let this be a reminder of that.”
Conley explained that his dad served for 20 years. He said his mom and dad actually met in the Army.