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Chiefs make cameo in ‘Draft Day’ movie

04/15/2014 12:42 PM

04/15/2014 1:13 PM

For you movie buffs out there, the Chiefs made a brief appearance in the new Kevin Costner film “Draft Day,” which opened in theaters last week.

I’ll give you a quick, spoiler-free explanation in a bit, but here’s a description of the movie, according to Lionsgate:

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.

OK, got it? Good. Costner negotiates several trades in the movie, and one of the teams he trades with ― you guessed it ― is the Chiefs. When they begin negotiating, you get a sweeping overhead of Arrowhead Stadium, plus a look inside the team’s actual offices when the Chiefs’ general manager in the movie calls up Costner to talk trade.

I’ll stop there to keep from spoiling anything else, but a few members of the Chiefs were at the red carpet premiere for the film at AMC BarryWoods 24 last Thursday. Chiefs president Mark Donovan gave a little insight about the Chiefs’ participation in the film, which was fleeting but cool, nonetheless.

“They came out and shot at our facility (last summer) and they told us we could actually put our staff in the movie,” Donovan said. “It’s a scene of an NFL franchise on the day of a draft-day trade negotiation. Our janitor, our receptionist, our season-ticket sellers, our sponsorship guys, our accountants, they got to be in the movie.”

Donovan said the decision to participate in the movie was an easy one.

“The fact it was an NFL-sanctioned movie (helped), and we had room,” Donovan said. “They had done so much with the league.”

Donovan said the decision to invite season-ticket holders to the event was also easy.

“There’s no stress about a game today,” Donovan said. “It’s a good night out and a way to say thank you for being a season-ticket holder.”

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