Several former football players have found homes in NASCAR, putting their athletic skills to use in a new career as a pit crew member. A handful of players from the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs seemed to make an early audition Saturday night for a new line of work, earning a shout-out from a home-state fan in NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer.
After the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill scored on a 64-yard pass play — the first touchdown in Kansas City’s 30-13 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers — his teammates decided to take a page from NASCAR’s playbook with a simulated pit-stop celebration. With receiver Albert Wilson serving as the fueler and running back Anthony Sherman working the imaginary jack and air wrench, Hill was in and out presumably for a quick change to fresh cleats.
The Chiefs naturally turned to Bowyer — a Kansas native — for a critique. The reviews were positive.
If this isn’t badass I don’t know what is. Helluva stop boys!!! 😂 https://t.co/ELl5JSmFUh
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) December 17, 2017
If the Chiefs had wanted first-hand feedback on their pit-stop form Saturday night, they would not have had far to turn. Mike Metcalf, a pit-crew coach and gas man for Chip Ganassi Racing, was in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium with his wife, Dara. The Chiefs gave a tip of the hat to CGR and driver Kyle Larson in a post to Facebook.
Metcalf has his own football pedigree as a former running back at Appalachian State before turning to a career in NASCAR. His Chip Ganassi Racing crew was honored last month with the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award for its humanitarian efforts.
— Dara Metcalf (@DaraMetcalf15) December 17, 2017
The Chiefs have made connections to NASCAR in the past. Former Chiefs Jamaal Charles and Abram Elan visited Kansas Speedway in 2012, and the kicking duo of Lawrence Tynes and Dustin Colquitt stopped by the 1.5-mile track in 2006. Dick Vermeil, who had a brief stint as a motorsports broadcaster, visited the Kansas City track in 2005 during his last season as Chiefs head coach.