Daily Sports Smile: Kansas City Chiefs star Tyrann Mathieu spreads holiday cheer with annual Thanksgiving event

Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates after defeating the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu began his bye week in a special way. Mathieu held his sixth annual “Tyrann’s Turkeys” event to provide Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

His foundation partnered with local organizations The Giving Hope KC Food Pantry and the Harvesters Community Food Bank. Together, the group hosted a drive-thru event and provided 500 turkeys and meals for Thanksgiving.

“It’s one of the many reasons why I play the game,” Mathieu told KCTV 5 at the event. “To be able to have this platform to inspire kids and help families too. You still want to make big plays and be remembered as a football player, but you also want people to remember the impact you made on people in different communities.”

Mathieu met several people at the event. His presence created heartfelt smiles and appreciation from those that attended. He was grateful to help provide joy ahead of the holiday season.

Through his foundation, Mathieu hopes to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth. He works to help provide resources and offer encouragement through several initiatives and programs.

Mathieu also hosts a backpack giveaway in the summer and a Christmas Blessing event around the holiday season.

This season, Mathieu has 49 tackles, five passes defensed and two interceptions. The Chiefs are 7-4 heading into the bye week after a 19-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.