This year is Allen Wright's 35th training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, but packing up still makes him a little nervous.
“We’ve got a system down where we have a lot of notes and journals that we look at and try to do it better each year,” said Wright, the Chiefs director of equipment.
This Chiefs equipment crew of five has to fill 11 trucks to go up to training camp with not only equipment for the players but also for 180 staff members. The process has been ongoing.
“We moved trucks (Tuesday)," said Wright. "We will move trucks all the way through Friday. We do a department or two each day. The hard part is that we break camp on Wednesday and we have to do it all again within about four hours. We all run around like our hair is on fire.”
And it’s hard to put a number on everything they move.
“I could tell you 1,000 pieces of gum and 2,000 shoes, but it keeps growing each year,” Wright said.
Wright has seen it all and knows how to make this process efficient with his four other crew members. He says keeping notes along the way is vital and the hardest lesson he’s learned.
“When in doubt take it," said Wright. "We use the rally cry that not having something is not an option. If a coach or player needs something it’s our job to make sure that we have it and help them do their job as best as possible.”
The Chiefs equipment crew is one of the best in the NFL, and Wright has the awards to prove it.
No doubt, they’ll be more than ready to go in St. Joseph by July 24 when rookies and quarterbacks report to training camp.
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