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Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt Go Back to Where It All Began

Posted Oct 27, 2017

Kelce and Hunt met with the varsity football teams in their hometowns last weekend

No matter the success a person finds in life, it all started somewhere.  

The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of a 10 day stretch without a game, and a couple players decided to use that time to go back to where it all began.

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt, an alum of Willoughby South High School in Willoughby, Ohio, took a break from his record-breaking season to visit his old stomping grounds last weekend.

“It was awesome,” Hunt said. “I don’t even know how to explain it, there’s so much love there. It was just a good feeling to see all my coaches and fans, and just to see how much has changed.”

Hunt signed autographs, stuck around for the game and even provided some words of advice for the athletes.

“I was just telling them that it all starts with school,” Hunt said. They have to take care of business in the classroom. I told them that they’re not going to get anywhere if they’re not eligible or able to be out on the field. I wasn’t the best student, but I took it seriously enough to get by and get into college.”

The visit made a difference for the coaches and players at South Willoughby.

“It was just a remarkable night for everybody,” said Jim Mormino, the school’s Athletic Director. “The whole place brightened up. It’s just so great to watch a high school kid grow up into a nice young man that’s doing so well.

“We’re so excited and proud of him like you wouldn’t believe.”

Also visiting his roots last weekend was tight end Travis Kelce, who was in nearby Cleveland Heights, Ohio at Cleveland Heights High.

“It meant a lot to me and to the kids,” said Mac Stephens, the Head Coach at Cleveland Heights. “Travis has always boasted about his upbringing coming from Cleveland Heights, so it was a major deal for the kids to see him on our sideline on Friday night.”

It was a total surprise for the players, who had no idea that Kelce was planning on making an appearance.

“They’re still talking about his visit,” Stephens said. “We’ve had a tough season, but when we have an All-Pro tight end show up that actually played at the same school, I can’t even put into words how it made the kids feel.”

And for Stephens, it wasn’t much of a surprise at all.

“He’s just a great guy,” Stephens said. “I’ve never asked him for anything or pressured him to do anything for the program, he voluntarily does it on his own. Sometimes he gets a bad rep during the competition of the game, but I’ll tell you what, and I played in the NFL for a couple years and I know quite a few NFL players, and I don’t know if I’ve ever met a more down to Earth professional athlete than Travis Kelce.”

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