KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several Kansas City Chiefs players used their day off to give back to the community for “Giving Tuesday.” They did so with heavy hearts.
The Chiefs played its first game without safety Eric Berry Sunday night. He was sidelined for the season after a mass was found in his chest. Berry’s health is at the forefront of teammates’ minds, but they understand, he would want them helping out kids in Kansas City.
“If you ever need anything he’ll be the first to bite the bit, honored to come out here and fill his role,” said Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Kelce was asked at the last minute to stand in for Berry at a “Giving Tuesday” event, and he didn’t hesitate.
“I would step up the plate every single time for that guy because I know he would do the same,” said Kelce.
Kelce shopped with kids from the Boys & Girls Club at a JCPenney. He helped pick out gifts and wrapped a few presents.
“You gotta love the holiday, giving back and things like that, and kinda teaching these kids giving is every bit of receiving,” he said.
Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe was out Tuesday, too. The Chiefs and Blue KC are at the forefront of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign, which encourages kids to go outside and play.
“It’s about overall health and wellness. A great opportunity for kids to get out and do something other than playing video games, staying inside. So whatever time they get outside being adventurous and just having a little fun is all for the best,” Poe said.
Poe is hoping for the best when it comes to friend and teammate Berry. He said his presence is missed.
“His energy around it was felt (with) him not being there, but at the same time we are praying for him and hope everyone else is just hoping he gets better soon,” said Poe.
Berry still doesn’t have an exact diagnosis. His friends and teammates are eager to have him back in the locker room and on the field.