Red Friday kicked off on Thursday this year. The American Royal held their yearly awards luncheon and scholarships announcement Thursday afternoon.
The guest speaker this year was Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt.
It was a very open and revealing Hunt at the American Royal lunch and awards presentation at Kemper Arena.
The Chiefs owner was the guest speaker and talked for nearly an hour about the 50-year history of the Kansas City Chiefs in this town and how thankful his family is for the way this community has taken them in.
"The city had meant so much to our family, since those early days when my father brought his team. And our family is forever grateful to the people of this community for welcoming his team and our family with open arms," Chiefs Chairman of the Board Hunt said.
Hunt also talked about the general manager and the head coach and how his support for both has grown.
"I think Scott Pioli over his time with the organization has done a tremendous job of building the roster. We added a lot of very good football players this year. Some veterans and some draft choices and I really think Romeo Crennel is the right coach at the right time for this group," he said.
When asked about the salary cap and spending money on more new players Hunt said this.
"We have a number of important players that we'll want to sign sometime during this year or early next year, and we've got the cap space to do it which is great."
In one other interesting and comical note - Hunt said last year during the NFL lockout he traveled under the name Pete Tallman to avoid the media.
Hunt added that Chiefs games generate more than $400 million annually to the Kansas City area.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.