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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Several Chiefs rookies visit Little Blue Elementary

11/19/2013 5:22 PM

11/19/2013 7:41 PM

The Chiefs may have suffered their first loss of the season against Denver on Sunday, but that didn't keep them from giving back to the community.

The Chiefs regularly hold community service events during the season on Tuesdays and this week was no different, as several rookies visited Little Blue Elementary in Independence to help some third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students prepare notes of thanks for members of the military.

The initiative, which is spearheaded by the Red Cross, delivers holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

Among the rookies in attendance were quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Knile Davis, fullback Toben Opurum, receivers Rashard Ross and Frankie Hammond, tight end Demetrius Harris, center Eric Kush, defensive tackle Josh Martin, linebacker Nico Johnson, cornerback Vernon Kearney, and safety Malcolm Bronson.

Bronson, in particular, seemed to enjoy spending time with the kids. He even had one humorous encounter with second-grader Jaeson Townsend, who eschewed the Chiefs gear that most of his classmates were wearing in favor of a Darren McFadden Raiders jersey.

“He was pretty proud of that when he walked in this morning,” said Townsend's teacher, Denise Evans.

But Townsend wasn't nearly as straightforward about his allegiances when Bronson, who was wearing a red Chiefs jersey, started to walk his way to help him write his letter.

“I asked him why he was hiding his shirt,” Bronson recalled with a laugh. “They told me he has a different favorite team. I looked and I realized his shirt was black and silver and I said, ‘Oh, we've got a Raider fan in here.’ ”

Bronson then proceeded to give Townsend a high-five anyway.

“He said he liked the Raiders and the Chiefs, so I gave him a pass,” Bronson said with a laugh.


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