KANSAS CITY, Mo. — During their postseason run, the 2019-2020 Kansas City Chiefs became the NFL's all-time comeback kings. In their championship-clinching run, they became the first team in the history of the NFL playoffs to rally from a double-digit deficit in three straight games, including a 31-20 victory Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
But Chiefs safety Jordan Lucas apparently saved enough energy for one last comeback, stopping to comfort a despondent 10-year-old boy as hundreds of thousands of Chiefs fans lined the streets during Wednesday's championship parade through Kansas City.
"I was getting a little upset because my brother kept taking pictures with everyone," the boy, Chris Branham, said.
Lucas spotted Chris crying and walked over to him. He bent over and spoke to him for a couple of minutes, according to Chris.
"He told me to stay in school and respect my mom, so one day it will be me (at the Super Bowl)," Chris said. "It made me stop crying because I got to meet an NFL player. It made my year."
Branham's mother, Ashley Jacobs, said her son has been having a difficult few weeks. She said Wednesday's parade, and Lucas' kindness, made him feel so much better.
"It means a lot," Jacobs said. "To see a smile be put on his face by something just as simple as an NFL player. He's (Lucas) a star."
Lucas and Branham paused for a quick picture together before one of the newest Super Bowl champions finished making his way to Union Station for the pep rally.
This story was originally published by Ariel Rothfield on KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri.