The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and one of the organization’s most recognizable faces will be on the sidelines cheering for the team as they look to capture another Vince Lombardi. . Trophy.
No, Patrick Mahomes is ready to play the game even despite a high ankle sprain that left him limping at one point during the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
We are talking about Gracie Hunt.
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Hunt is the daughter of Clark Hunt, the organization’s CEO, and the granddaughter of Lamar Hunt, who founded the organization in 1960 when it was originally called the Dallas Texans with the American Football League, which later merged into the NFL. The Lamar Hunt Trophy is awarded to the winner of the AFC Championship. The Chiefs have won three of those.
Gracie Hunt can be seen at Chiefs games regularly, whether they play at Arrowhead Stadium or go on the road and overpower their opponent that way. Additionally, she founded the non-profit organization Breaking Barriers Through Sports, serves on the boards of the Texas and Kansas Special Olympics, was Miss Kansas USA 2021, and is working toward her master’s degree in sports management at the University of Kansas after receive his bachelor’s degree in sports management and broadcast journalism at SMU.
It also helps fans cheer on their favorite team on Red Friday.
For Red Friday, the Chiefs community comes together to cheer on the organization and give back to those in need. Fans have helped raise more than $3.5 million to help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City in recent years. However, this week’s event is very important.
«Red Friday probably unfolded when we brought in our president, Mark Donovan, years ago and we did a lot of fun new things,» Hunt told Fox News Digital in a recent interview. «And now Red Friday is something that every Chiefs Kingdom celebrates before home games. But, frankly, now we celebrate it before every Sunday during the regular season. And this Red Friday is going to be the most exciting Red Friday because it’s Super Bowl Red Friday.» .»
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Hunt praised the fans for how well they travel. The Chiefs have played Super Bowls in Miami, Tampa, Florida and Glendale, Arizona, showing cities what a sea of red really looks like.
«The fans are incredible,» he said. «Chiefs Kingdom travels very well, and as the week went on, red and gold flooded Arizona. I don’t know what the predominant color was before this week, but it’s definitely not that anymore. And just watching the fans, everyone is very excited about the game.»
As the Chiefs enter the Super Bowl, fans can’t help but see how different things are from last year on and off the field. And it starts with Mahomes.
The 2021 season did not live up to Mahomes’ expectations. He was named to the Pro Bowl, but was not a finalist for NFL MVP or Offensive Player of the Year. Plus, he didn’t make any All-Pro teams. He threw for 3,839 passing yards, 37 touchdown passes and a career-high 13 interceptions.
Off the field, his family was routinely criticized for incidents with fans or for going back and forth on social media. His brother, Jackson, is a huge social media influencer who has over 1 million followers on TikTok, while his wife, Brittany, also has over 1 million followers on Instagram, runs her own business, and is co-owner of National Women’s. KC current soccer league.
While harassment and bullying on social media have come for both of them, Hunt pushed back against critics and vigorously defended the Mahomes family.
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«I think Patrick Mahomes has a wonderful family, from Brittany to Jackson,» Hunt told Fox News Digital. «They are wonderful people and we are very blessed to have them as part of our organization and they are huge rocks in Patrick’s life. I think we live in a culture that is often quick to criticize and slow to forgive. But I think we need to be one that He is quick to forgive and slow to criticize.
With the drama and outside noise muted, Mahomes led the Chiefs to the best record in the AFC and back to the Super Bowl. He led the league with 5,250 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes and is poised to win a second NFL MVP award.
Hunt said the expectation now is to win the whole damn thing.
«Be cool,» she said. «We all expect greatness and guys expect greatness from each other and from themselves. That’s the standard that Coach Reid has set, that Mark Donovan has set, and that my father has set for the organization and for Patrick. I know he sees this as an opportunity to further his legacy.»
He added that he hoped to finish the season the way it began: in Arizona at State Farm Stadium and with a «W.»
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«Let’s back up, baby! We started the season in Arizona. We’re wrapping up the season here in Arizona. It’s bookend season and we’re ready for it.»