Haley, Baldwin Cleanup In Joplin

A must read for anyone that cares about the people of Joplin and the Chiefs is at si.com, the Monday Morning Quarterback/Memorial Day edition from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

He tells the story of the visit by Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and first-round draft choice WR Jonathan Baldwin to Joplin last Thursday, where they spent the better part of the day providing whatever help they could. Whether it was in autographs, conversation, or muscle in helping the clean up, Cassel and Baldwin were at Ground Zero of the destruction.

“It was the most shocking thing I’ve seen in my life, and I lived through being in the epicenter of a major earthquake,” Cassel told King. As an 11-year old, he saw the Cassel family home destroyed in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in southern California.

“The devastation is like a nuclear bomb went off. Huge trees, 100 years old, ripped out by the roots, a car thrown up into the middle of a tree. It’s one of those things you can’t imagine unless you’re there.”

Said Baldwin of his Joplin experience: “Humbling; it touched my heart to be able to do something, anything. We felt we touched a few people’s lives, and after something like that, you need to know people care about you.”

Here’s the link to the whole story. If you haven’t heard the details, it’s a must read.

4 Responses to “Haley, Baldwin Cleanup In Joplin”

  • May 30, 2011  - Johnfromfairfax says:

    It’s a good article Bob. It’s also heartening to see that it was Baldwin’s idea to go and that they didn’t do it as a publicity stunt. It makes you realize how much worse things could be in your life even when times are tough. Hopefully the people impacted can get their lives back on track soon. It puts football in perspective.

  • May 31, 2011  - Donald says:

    Well said Johnfromfairfax.

  • May 31, 2011  - Hank Hobbs says:

    Great article! This may seem like a meaningless tidbit to many fans; however, I find two thoughts fascinating. 1.Baldwin would take this initiative before being signed and 2.He and Cassell are already working on routes/playbook.

    This brings me to two questions for you to investigate. What has been the extent of the player initiated practices and what specifically are the “rules of non-engagement”.

    Since Charlie Wies is no longer a coach on the payroll could he hold a mini camp since he knows the playbook (and be “rewarded” by the Chiefs later)?

  • June 2, 2011  - Richard in Joplin says:

    On behalf of my hometown of Joplin, and as a lifelong Chiefs fan, I want to thank you for the coverage regarding Joplin. The outpouring of concern and assistance has truly been overwhelming. We greatly appreciate the donation efforts – both in terms of supplies and funds. I agree with Johnfromfairfax, the manner in which the players visited Joplin was heartwarming. Again, on behalf of tornado-torn Joplin…Thank You!

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