As Chiefs Camp 2019 comes to an end at Missouri Western State University, fans expressed confidence that this will be a great season for Kansas City.
The second-to-last practice of the year came with clear skies and cooler temperatures on Wednesday, but as the fans ran through the admission gates there was more than just a chill in the air, there was a sense of hope.
Emilio Gonzalez of Kansas City said he is no stranger to Chiefs Camp, but he believes the hype shared by the record-breaking number of fans in attendance this year is warranted.
“It feels like we’re on to something and hopefully we are,” Gonzalez said. “These people know, so I believe it. I mean, everybody wants to say it: ‘Super Bowl.’ So, that’s where we’re going.”
Jesse Parrish was attending Chiefs Training Camp for the first time Wednesday and brought his 11-month-old daughter, Belle.
He said he believes this is the year that the Chiefs will go to the top of the league.
“We want that ring, you know,” Parrish said. “I think that’s what the whole environment here, everybody around Kansas City is (saying,) ‘ring or bust.’ We want that Super Bowl.”
Fans agreed that a big reason for the optimism is the number of talented players on the Chiefs’ roster this year, including newly added safety Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver Mecole Hardman, as well as talent that has grown on the team, such as tight end Travis Kelce, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and, of course, quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.
Xander Tiller, 9, attended his 10th training camp on Wednesday wearing a Mahomes jersey and headband and sporting the QB’s signature hair style.
Tiller said he likes Tyreek Hill, but Mahomes is his favorite player.
“It’s the crazy throws that he throws and just the things like that,” Tiller said.
He said he witnessed an amazing play already this year in the Chiefs’ preseason game against Cincinnati.
“That throw over the Bengals’, I forgot (whose shoulder it was), to Travis Kelce looked pretty cool,” Tiller said.
Tiller was at camp with his friends Cali Dowell Seiter, 15, and Tye Hammond, 10, whose favorite players are Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. The group was enjoying watching kicker Harrison Butker work on field goals during practice.
It is not yet known whether or not Chiefs training camp will be returning to Missouri Western next year, but for some fans the belief that the team they were watching Wednesday will make it all the way means this year’s camp will be historic.
Parrish said he saw the nice weather and free time with his daughter as an opportunity to make sure they were there to witness it.
“(I’m trying to) really take advantage of it and I’d like to tell the girl someday, ‘Yeah, I took you out there when they won the Super Bowl,’” Parrish said.