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Former Chiefs legend uses love of football to help others

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A Chiefs legend is combining his love of football and his passion to help others.

Former All Pro Guard Will Shields hosted a tournament Saturday to help victims of domestic violence.

Shields played his entire NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs and the former offensive guard has always been loyal to Kansas City. He said it's important to give back.

"I think it's easier when you're in a position in the public eye and people want to be around you. You can say ‘hey, let's bridge this with a fundraiser and help the community," explained Shields.

Shields is helping to battle domestic abuse with the 11th annual flag football tournament. During the event, he even got out on the field to show off his skills but the outcome was a little surprising.

"I attempted to play, I should say have fun. We lost three games. I blame the captain for it," he joked.

The event was held in Shawnee at the Mid-America Sports Complex. Money raised from the tournament benefits SafeHome.

"SafeHome is the only domestic violence agency in Johnson County and we serve Miami County. The numbers of victims has increased drastically over the last two years," said Sharon Katz, the Executive Director of SafeHome.

Katz believes the bad economy plays a role in the spike in numbers of domestic violence.

"We're seeing worse injuries and seeing women waiting longer to call because they are concerned they can't support their kids on their own," she explained.

But those who came out Saturday want to make sure a safe shelter and a support system will be there for those women and children who need it. Participants like Ryan Hudnall said that's why he and his co-workers signed up to play. Their team won first place in the co-ed bracket but he said everyone who played should consider themselves champs.

"The money is for a good cause. With domestic violence, no one wants that in a home. (We hope to help) raise as much money as possible. (It feels) good to be a part of it," said Hudnall.

A special raffle will also be held on Monday to also raise money for SafeHome. For more information about Saturday's event or the raffle, click here.

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