Faith, fellowship and football made for a winning team in the message the Kansas City Chiefs' kicking team delivered Thursday to a large crowd at the Mayor’s National Day of Prayer Breakfast.

“We have a very unique, very strong bond that has nothing to do with football,” said kicker Ryan Succop as he spoke at the Civic Arena alongside punter Dustin Colquitt and long-snapper Thomas Gafford. “A lot of a times in life and in football, we feel like we have to do things on our own, but I’m here to tell that I can’t do it on my own. I rely fully on my relationship with the Lord in my life.”

The special teams trio made passionate statements of their faith in God and its impact on themselves, their families and their motivation to strive to be better each day. The audience numbered roughly 1,000, including community members, high school football players and football fans. It was the third annual prayer breakfast in St. Joseph.

The players used humor, football anecdotes, personal experiences and Bible references in their talks. Mr. Gafford said the dedication and commitment to faith and prayer created a resilient union between his fellow teammates.

“The coolest thing about playing with Ryan and Dustin is that we share this awesome bond,” he said. “We try to be a cord of three strands, not only on the football field, but in the locker room. So if we are surrounded by guys, we stay together through Christ, so we are the strongest we’ll ever be.”

Mr. Colquitt said his position provides a platform for displaying his faith.

“We have to have a sense of humor in what we do, because we have a funny-shaped foot and a funny-shaped ball that we kick,” Mr. Colquitt said to laughter. “Let’s face it, it’s two things that could go very wrong, but I love being a professional punter in the National Football League. That is how God is using my platform to get out and talk to people in our community.

“I get to reassure them that God does not care what we do, as long as we do it Christ-like.”

Mayor Bill Falkner said the message was well-received, and reiterated that life’s journey is one that requires faith, support and a larger team behind an individual, to gain success in life.

“I think it was really meant to show that you can’t do everything by yourself,” he said. “You have to have people help you along the way, and you have to have God on your side.”

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