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Chiefs players visit soldiers and families at Fort Leavenworth

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It was not your typical day off for several Chiefs players. The day involved big guns at a simulator, smaller guns, and an experience of a lifetime.

"It's amazing, man, just to be able to feel the recoil and be able to shoot some of the guns," said Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope.

The Chiefs visited Fort Leavenworth on Tuesday to let the soldiers and families know they appreciate them.

"There is a realization that this is what these people do for a living, that they are here because that's why we get to do what we do for a living," said Chiefs President Mark Donovan.

The trip was a part of the teams Return the Favor event and players say it's something they will never forgot. As for the soldiers, they hope everyone leaves with a special message.

"Day in and day out being a soldier is tough. If we can provide that simulation to show them exactly what our soldiers go through, it gives the Chiefs players even a better appreciation of not only what the soldiers do, but what our soldier's families have to kind of go through as our soldiers prepare," said Command Sergeant Major Chris Greca.

All of the players said they have a new found respect for these soldiers and their weapons.

"Three of my best friends from high school are in the services and a day doesn't go by that I don't think about them," said Chiefs wide receiver and winner of the simulator challenge Jerheme Urban.

"Oh my God: my kind of training to their kind of training, it makes me think our job is ten times easier than their job," said Dwayen Bowe, a Chiefs wide receiver. "That's why you want to come here and show your appreciation."

This was the second year for the Chiefs at Fort Leavenworth event. The Chiefs plan to do it every year.

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