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‘Arrowhead was electric’ Eagles fan writes thank-you letter to Chiefs supporters

American flag fills Arrowhead Stadium field for National Anthem

First responders held a field-sized American flag for the playing of the National Anthem before the start of the Kansas City Chiefs home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
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First responders held a field-sized American flag for the playing of the National Anthem before the start of the Kansas City Chiefs home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

As a Philadelphia Eagles fan who grew up Nebraska, Trevor Hulit was thrilled to have a chance to see his favorite team in person at Arrowhead Stadium.

Hulit, who lives in Lincoln, Neb., and attends the University of Nebraska, turned 21 on Wednesday, and he got tickets to Sunday’s Chiefs-Eagles game from his parents.

While the outcome wasn’t to his liking — the Chiefs won 27-20 — Hulit was blown away by the experience at Arrowhead Stadium. On Monday, he wrote an open letter to Chiefs fans on Reddit and thanked them for being gracious hosts. Here is most of the letter (I had to trim the end, which had a reference to the Cowboys that is NSFW).

Sunday was my very first NFL game and I’ve been a lifelong Eagles fan. Going in I was a little nervous about being a visiting fan in such an intimidating environment but it was amazing! There was a surprising amount of Eagles fans there, way more than I expected. Besides a few chirps here and there, which was expected, it’s part of the fun, chiefs fans were extremely welcoming! Even after the game the number of Chiefs fans saying “good game” and “I hope you enjoyed your time at Arrowhead” made the loss just a little bit more bearable. Being a Husker fan and student I was convinced that there was no louder stadium than Memorial Stadium and to say the least, Arrowhead was electric. Unreal, unlike any sporting event I’ve ever been too. I just wanted to come on here and thank you guys so much for making my first NFL game one to remember! It’s a shame the Eagles and Chiefs don’t play very often. Enjoy Andy Reid, he’s great. It really is a shame that Eric Berry got hurt. His story is incredible and I hope he makes a quick and speedy recovery. I’m rooting for you guys to have an amazing season and that we can have a rematch in the Super Bowl.

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In a direct message, Hulit wrote that as a little kid he liked the Eagles’ uniforms and he has followed the team ever since. That fandom took him to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, and Hulit said one specific interaction with a Chiefs fan stood out.

“These two women that sat next to us were friendly to us from the beginning,” Hulit wrote. “After the game when walking down the steps one of them saw that I was pretty sad. She thanked me for coming out and offered me a high five. She was shocked to see me crack a smile and high-five her back. She mentioned how sweet I was and I assured her that I had an amazing time. Eagles fans have a bad reputation. Although I haven’t been to Philly to experience it first hand, I think I can speak for most Eagles fans when I say that most of us are good sports.”

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In addition to the welcoming nature of Chiefs fans, Hulit was blown away by the atmosphere at the game.

“The environment was crazy and I’m very sad that the Eagles don’t play at Arrowhead for a long time,” he wrote. “Even though my team lost, it really was one of the best days of my life.”

Chiefs work way to locker room after 27-20 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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