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Kansas City Chiefs begin packing for training camp

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The Kansas City Chiefs loaded up their equipment and got on the road to St. Joseph on Tuesday - a day that marks the unofficial start to the new season.

It is equipment manager Allen Wright's day to shine.

It takes two 40-foot tractor-trailers to move all the equipment that the team needs.

That includes 1,700 pair of shoes, 2,000 towels, hundreds of helmets and shoulder pads and more than 400 footballs. Getting the trailers loaded up can take a couple of hours.

It will take Wright and his crew several days to get organized in St. Joseph before the players show up next week. Altogether, he is responsible for dressing more than 90 players and 22 coaches.

This is the fifth year the Chiefs are holding training camp in St. Joseph after relocating camp from Wisconsin. It is the last year of the contract for the Chiefs at Missouri Western State University.

The team has a 10-year contract to stay in Missouri for camp. The decision to stay in St. Joseph or move elsewhere will come around the first week of camp.

The team could potentially even hold training camp at their own practice facility if they like, but those questions will be answered later.

As for Wright and his crew, it takes months to plan for this day. It is his 33rd year with the team, and he says he could not do something this massive without a great staff.

"They are the ones that are soldiers that get the stuff done on a daily basis. I get all the credit for it, but it is a year-round job packing for camp. We'll literally pack the day we get back, and we'll also pack some things when the season is over," Wright said.

Wright, an Independence, MO, native got a ball-boy job with the Chiefs just out of high school and has been doing it ever since.

After he equipped the Chiefs for a win in snowy conditions in Washington, coach Andy Reid gave Wright a game ball.

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