This past week, Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, and Chase Litton made a visit to the Kansas City Regional Police Academy in Northland in honor of National Police Week.
The quarterbacks were given an immersive lesson on what exactly police officers have to handle day in and day out by going through many simulated experiences. They were tasked with handling sniper rifles, putting on bulletproof vests, controlling a robot that can dismantle bombs and going through other police-related scenarios. They also got to learn about the different tactics and tools that are needed for police to do their jobs and even got the chance to drive police cruisers.
Mahomes was very vocal on how formative this experience was.
“The things the police do for our community on a day-to-day basis and don’t get recognized for it, it’s good to come out and support them because they support us in every single way,” he said, according to the Kansas City Star. Many of the officers were happy to share experiences about their work with the quarterbacks, including Deputy Brent Taney of the KCPD Bomb and Arson Section.
“We get to see what they do on the football field,” Taney said, “now they get to see what we do on a daily basis. It’s pretty neat they came out here to take time to see what we do.”
At the end of the day, Mahomes gave the officers a game ball. Mahomes said he could see himself as a part of the police force, but it wouldn’t be in the near future.
“I know [Chiefs GM Brett Veach] probably [wouldn’t be] happy with me doing it any time soon. At the same time, it would be cool to see what they did on a day-to-day basis, but I know it’d be hard and grinding to put on that 80-pound vest and run around,” he said.
Not only did Mahomes win the MVP award last season, but he has also joined Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only players in NFL history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season. Mahomes led the Chiefs to the AFC Championships, where they lost to the New England Patriots.
Cover Photo: Jill Toyoshiba