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Marcellus Casey.

Chiefs’ commitment to faith comes from top down, team chaplain says

The Kansas City Chiefs have more than a prayer of beating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The team chaplain says the organization’s openness to matters of faith makes his job easy.

Marcellus Casey told Sports Spectrum he grew up a fan of the Chiefs because his father, Carey Casey, was the team chaplain. Even then, Marcellus was impressed with the organization, especially with then-owner Lamar Hunt, who passed away in 2006. Hunt’s children now own the team. Clark Hunt, a son, is the CEO.

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“I remember as a little kindergartner, meeting Lamar Hunt in the parking lot and just how cordial and kind and loving he was with my father and I,” Marcellus Casey said. “You see that legacy [today] throughout the whole family, with Clark and his wife, Tavia, and all the Hunt siblings – it’s really a family environment. It’s really a faith-filled environment at the stadium and with their family. So it makes it really easy as a chaplain to have a positive impact with the players and with the coaches.”

Clark Hunt is open about his Christian faith. He and Tavia helped establish a pre-game non-denominational chapel service for fans, and both attend. Casey said he treats the players like human beings who have feelings and families, even though they’re seen as stars in the public eye.

“They have past hurts and wounds that they’ve sustained,” he said. “They’re human beings just like anybody else. I just try to meet them where they are. If they have an injury, I want to be there to minister to them.”

Casey holds separate weekly Bible studies for the coaches and players. A chapel service also is held on Saturdays before Sunday games. His wife holds a Bible study for the wives and girlfriends of the players.

“I won’t name names, but I will say that we’re seeing a lot of [spiritual] growth with players that I interact with,” Casey said. “And we have real leaders –- so as you think about leaders on the team, a lot of those guys are in the chapel.”

Asked about the platform NFL players have to proclaim the gospel on national television and within the media, Casey said such proclamations are “huge and awesome” –- but not as important as day-to-day witnessing by the average Christian.

“Every human being has been given a platform to share the gospel,” he said in a podcast. “If there’s any Christian believer listening to this right now, go back to your office and share the gospel. Go to your neighbor and ring the doorbell. Take them some cookies and share the gospel. Because we all have a platform, and everybody really needs to be sharing their faith.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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