The Kansas City Chiefs are among the early toasts of the 2018 NFL Season. At 4-0, the Chiefs are enjoying a great deal of praise for their play on the field. Despite some defensive struggles, the Kansas City offense has been lauded by fans and media alike.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has become a near mythical-deity. Tight end Travis Kelce has been anointed as the best tight end in football (although, there are some in New England that would take umbrage with that statement). Even head coach Andy Reid, who is often maligned in the press, is being universally praised for making the move to start Mahomes this year, in favor of last year’s starter, Alex Smith.
It’s hard to argue with the spoils being heaped upon the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs in the Community
In addition to staying undefeated with their victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night) however, the Chiefs also celebrated another honor this past week. This honor, though independent of the team’s on-field success, is no less significant. In fact, each and every member of the Chiefs would probably agree that this is among the most admirable of all of their accolades, thus far.
Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs’ standout wide-receiver, was named the Week 3 NFLPA Community MVP on September 28. 2018. He was named, as such, for contributing to the fight against hunger by delivering food items to 125 families at a Kansas City pantry.
In honor of Hill being named the Week 3 Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice, as well as a donation to him on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets. Also, Forever Collectibles will partner with the NFLPA to make a limited-edition bobblehead of Hill. The NFLPA will donate part of the proceeds from this collector’s item to Hill’s charity or foundation of choice. Lastly, he now becomes eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
The Chiefs organization is no stranger to this honor. In Week 2, his teammate Travis Kelce also won this prestigious award.
A Standout; On and Off the Field
Hill has enjoyed a stellar first quarter of the season in 2018. He has 23 receptions for 364 years and three touchdowns. His speed and field-savvy have made him one of Mahomes’ favorite targets. As a result, Hill’s mere presence on the field makes the potent Kansas City offense even more abundant.
However, the speedy wideout’s greatest impact is felt through the work which he puts into the community. On September 24, Hill volunteered at the Hope WRX Food Pantry, which serves between 700 and 800 families each month. Hope WRX provides programming and facilities to serve those in need on a social, economic, emotional, physical and spiritual basis within the Northland Kansas City area.
For this particular visit, Hill assisted visitors with selecting grocery items such as pasta, milk, frozen meat, and fresh produce. Once everything was bagged, he carried the items to each family’s car and took the time to interact with them.
While this gesture had an extraordinary effect on the community, Hill did not consider this an extraordinary task. In fact, it was simply what comes naturally to him:
“I want to use my platform to help others, make a difference, and see that difference paid forward,” Hill told the NFLPA. “When I was a kid, I helped bag groceries at the local store. Now being in the position I am, I’m grateful to stand here, make people smile and lend them a hand.”
The Reciever is a True Giver
Community service is rather familiar to Tyreek Hill. In fact, the mission of the Tyreek Hill Foundation (Hill’s charitable organization) is to provide positive growth for single-parent households and at-risk youth in the Kansas City community. The Foundation has organized numerous opportunities for those in need to obtain a higher level of education, wellness, and fitness.
In autumn of 2017, Hill helped distribute 185 turkeys and chickens to families during Thanksgiving. He also held a free football camp for 165 youth in his hometown of Pearson, GA. Lastly, the Tyreek Hill Foundation Scholarship awarded ten winners from the inner city with funds for area-based education. It is clear that Tyreek Hill pours as much of his heart and effort into his community, as he does to his team on the field.
We, at Full Press Coverage, salute Tyreek Hill for his efforts in the community. Simply put, his example is an inspiration. It is truly fitting that a player so efficient at on-field receiving is even more outstanding at community giving.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the NFL and the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC