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Chiefs’ Eric Kush has sweet ride: A custom-made Jeep

In a Chiefs players’ parking lot full of large SUVs and exotic vehicles, one ride — third-year center Eric Kush’s red Jeep — stands out as particularly unique.

Kush’s custom-made Jeep features monster tires and massive American and Chiefs flags that hang off the back, swinging freely through the breeze, while Kush goes from place to place.

Kush said he realized his Jeep became a “thing” on Twitter once photos of his ride surfaced on Friday, when veterans reported to Missouri Western.

“It’s sweet, man,” said Kush, who has been earning the majority of reps at center since the offseason departure of Rodney Hudson. “I like jeeping and off-roading and stuff like that, so I built a pretty bad Jeep.”

Kush credited a buddy of his who works at Torq’d Performance in Joplin, Mo., for equipping his ride, which he also called “nasty,” for better off-roading.

“I like to four-wheel everything,” Kush said. “Through college I did it, but now I got to build a little better jeep, so I did it.

“And I decided I’m going to bring some energy, slap some flags on that thing, be a patriot, be a Chiefs fan and just roll that thing into camp.”

Kush said the reaction to his Jeep on the road has largely been positive.

“I get a lot of thumbs up sometimes, some honking,” Kush said. “A couple guys (on the team) are trying to tease me a little bit. But for the most part, everybody loves it.”

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor recaps Monday's practice, the first in pads and moved indoors due to bad weather. Video by David Eulitt

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