Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My Chiefs, Part I....

It's no secret...I LOVE the KC Chiefs!!

I have loved them since I was a little girl.

I had brothers, we watched a lot of football!! ;)

Yes, I know...last year was a bad year.  The year before wasn't that great either but I'm a fan for life and I will ALWAYS stand behind my team!!   Good Season or Not So Good Season and even the bad seasons. 

I will always love my Chiefs and this is why...

What you don't see when they are off the field is who they really are...they are dads, husbands, brothers, uncles, sons...

Not numbers on a jersey and positions on a team.

I'm going to share two special days with you in picture form.  Today is day #1. Let me give you the background and then you will get to see the day rather than read about it.

Day #1 (this entry) happened in November of 2010...and the Chiefs made the playoffs that year.

I have only shared this with a handful of friends and never shown the world the pictures.  We thought Braden was dying when this day happened and I've always kept it very private.  I want to share it now so you understand WHY I love my Chiefs and the Cassels so much!! 

This is one of our Top Ten Days EVER!

Lauren and Matt Cassel are truly two of the most kind, caring, genuinely sweet people I have ever met!

At some point, and honestly I don't even remember when, we came home and had a message from Lauren Cassel (the wife of Matt Cassel the KC Chiefs QB).

Not kidding.

She said she had stalked me to find our phone number. :)  Her brother had been following us on Twitter and he told her about Braden.

She wanted to know if Braden wanted to meet a Chiefs player.  I was stunned!! I said we would love to meet Matt and she said, "Noooo...really, any player he wants to meet!"

I assured her that we would love to meet Matt!

Well, Lauren and Matt moved Heaven and Earth and made something happen that I don't think happens very often.

Braden and Zach were invited to come out to the practice facility and play with "the guys". 


That facility is locked down like Fort Knox!!!

So the boys got to play with Matt Cassel, Jeremy (I so cannot recall his last name...he was receiver),  and Tyler Palco (backup QB).

Tyler, unfortunately, made the mistake of telling Zach his sister called him "Ty Ty" when he was little...sooo...Zach still refers to him as "Ty Ty". LOL!

They played outside, they played inside, the went to the weight room....

and we had one of the most grand detours EVER!

(we even had a security guard with us at all times...seriously)! :)

Then they had pizza. Coach Haley asked them to call him when we went in to have pizza so he could come say hi again. I'll show you the first time we met him tomorrow. 

What a dream!! What a story to tell generations to come.. "one day I got to go play with the Chiefs"


It was UNBELIEVABLE and it is one of the many reasons I am a Chiefs fan and specifically a Matt Cassel fan.

Braden was having a lot of pain because the cancer was still in his bones and it was hard for him to run for very long, but he had so much fun. He never cried or wimpered one time!


And these pictures show why if you talk trash about my Chiefs or any member of the Chiefs, I will take you out!!  LOL!  Just look at the smiles on my son's faces and you will understand why!

These people are in my heart forever and they gave my sons something PRICELESS!!!

No one asked them to do this...they offered because they cared.

They are GOOD PEOPLE!!! And my heart hurt every time someone said something critical about any of them this year.  Talk about football all you want, but please don't cut down the people!!

They are VERY special and they have brought a lot of love and joy into my sons lives...

and they have done even more for MANY kids after this through our foundation, not because the Chiefs told them they had to, but because they wanted to on their own time. Many players joined in and lent a hand...and they ROCK!!! 



PS..the formatting on the pictures isn't working well...I'm sure it's "operator error" so if you want to see a picture closer, just click on it and it should enlarge and you can flip through them. I highly recommend you do this because you can see the boys' faces much better! :)

These are pictures of Matt Cassel...

(I actually made Matt a Bag-Tag with this picture on it and he put it on his equipment bag he took with him to every game!)



This is Ty Ty :)

The Indoor Practice Field:
This is Jeremy:
The Weight Room:
Zach and Ty Ty had WAY too much fun together!! :) I think Ty Ty must have been a very ornery boy when he was little...he's still got that ornery bit to him and he and Zach hit it off!! :)
And this is when mom said, "Zach, PLEASE don't break the QB!" :)
Pizza Time with the gang and Coach:
2013 IS OUR YEAR!!!
And thank you Cassel Family!! We love you!!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. Everyone needs to know that these guys are soooo much more then football players!!

    1. It was SUCH A joyful day!! These people and this organization simply are AWESOME!! LOVE YOU Barb!! XOXOX!

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  2. I will NEVER utter a bad word about the Chiefs EVER again. What compassion...what beautiful hearts!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Fan for life!!!!!

    1. Aww...thank you for seeing what I see when I look at these guys! They are AMAZING!! Hugs! :)

  3. Have always been a fan, now even more of one. The smiles say it all. Bravo, Gents. Your compassionate hearts remind us all that kindness is what makes us human and football's just a game. Life's not. Thanks for keeping it a precious priority and sharing an unforgettble day with two once-in-a-lifetime kiddos.

  4. What a great story. Deliece, just so you know, the third guy is Jerheme Urban, not Jeremy Horne. Jeremy Horne is black. Fantastic story.

  5. Thank you SO much!! I will change that! :)

  6. What an amazing story!! I also hate when people make it so personal when they criticize athletes. In general, these players are out there doing their best and living their dream, not anyone else's!! These men gave your boys (and Mama Bear)so much joy and truly did it out of the goodness in their hearts! I don't really say bad things about the players, but I know my respect level for these men has multiplied. Thank you Deliece for sharing this story with everyone!

  7. Makes me want to cheer for the Chiefs !!!! (Of course I'm a Patriots Fan tried and true but....I'd do ANYTHING for Braden & Zach!!!) Thanks for sharing these precious and intimate photos with us....I always knew that they were human beings ... not just "football players" (LOL)!

    With Love & Prayers Always,

    1. SOO true sweetie!! Thank you my friend!! XOXO!

  8. The pictures brought tears to my eyes, what a great detour. From now on I will pull for the Chiefs (as long as they aren't playing the Steelers. My Dad would haunt me! lol) GO CHIEFS!!!
    Thank you for sharing such a touching day with all of us.

    Praying as always,

    1. Thank you Suzanne!! And I get it!! ;) Hugs!!

  9. Aww those pictures are soo good =] Thanks for sharing the pictures and the story

    1. Thank you!! I had so many tears, it was hard to take the pictures!! :)

  10. Thanks for sharing! I always love positive, behind the scenes stories. This Texas girl married a die hard Chiefs fan and I have been one ever since. Now I have even more reason to cheer. Go CHIEFS!

    1. Thank you so much for reading this! They really are amazing people!! :)

  11. I'm speechless. All I can say is God Bless you all!

  12. I too am a lifelong diehard KC CHIEFS fan....last year was rough....however knowing these tyoes if things helos keep it all in perspective! Thank You for sharing and posting. Being Professional Football (KC) players is terrific....but being Great Men and with tremendous Character is AWESOME....May God continue to Bless us all. Christine

    1. AMEN! They really are great people!! Thank you for reading this story!! :)

  13. Always remained true to the Chiefs even when I moved to Tx.We may have weathered a few bad years.But we have the BEST group of wonderful men in the whole league...Love you guys!

    1. Thank you so much!! I agree, they are awesome people! :)

  14. This is a wonderful story, Thank You so much for sharing. I too am a Chiefs fan, due to my brothers and their love of football. May God Bless each and everyone of you. GO CHIEFS WE ARE BEHIND YOU IN 2013...

    1. 2013!! Thank you so much for reading this!! :)

  15. I would name your blog the dreamland! While Santa knocks at leather shoes for men, High Heels shoes, women's handbags our door just once per year, you blog is open the whole year – wow!