Garden City native to turn his Chiefs song into video
By KRISTEN RODERICK
Special to The Telegram
When Nicholas Grooms was a child, he told his mother he wanted to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
He would watch games on television with his grandfather and aunt, who instilled in him an intense fandom.
Now, at 28, the Garden City native who resides in Dodge City is living his dream of playing for the Chiefs — without pads and a uniform.
Grooms wrote a song for his favorite team called "Tradition (Hail to the Chiefs)." Since its release in early September, the song has reached more than 10,000 plays and 2,000 downloads.
"It's just so crazy," Grooms said. "I'm from Garden City — a guy who has played local shows. To have this kind of attention is nuts."
Grooms and Jacob Gill will be at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 13 during the Raiders game to shoot a music video for the song. Grooms also plans to perform at a tailgate party before the game in parking lot A, in an effort to energize the crowd.
"It's an attempt for the Chiefs fans to reclaim the crowd noise record," he said. "It's trying to be the loudest stadium in the NFL."
Being a Chiefs fan is like being part of a really big family, Grooms said.
"I've never been to a place like Arrowhead," he said. "Every time I go, even during preseason games, it's like when I met my girlfriend. It takes my breath away."
At games, he will high-five people he's never met. A few times when the team scored a touchdown, he has caught himself with his arm around a man he never met.
It'd be awkward and uncomfortable in any other situation — but not at a Chiefs game.
"They're so good to one another," he said.
Grooms' song "Blacklist Kansas" pays homage to Kansas teams like the Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats and Wichita State Shockers. It gained steam when Wichita State made it to the Final Four in the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament.
Ty "X-Factor" Rowton, a man known as a Kansas City Chiefs superfan who set a Guinness World Record by watching 70 straight hours of football, encouraged Grooms to write a song for the team he's most passionate about.
Grooms has not yet performed the song live. That will change this month — but the Chiefs had one request: Remove a line that references former General Manager Scott Pioli.
Hail to the Chiefs
Three former Chiefs players plan to make an appearance in the music video, which will be shot at Arrowhead Stadium and various other Chiefs-related locations.
The video will include Kendall Gammon, who played from 2000 to 2006; Casey Wiegmann, who played from 2001 to 2007 and again in 2010 and 2011; and Eddie Kennison, who played from 2002 to 2006.
Gammon has been a force in promoting the song and the video to the Chiefs organization, Grooms said.
"Kendall Gammon has gone out of his way to pump the song to the Chiefs," he said. "He wants the Chiefs to help make it go viral."
The music video, which will be shot by Gill, will be filmed throughout the weekend of the game against the Oakland Raiders. The pep rally will be an added bonus to the video.
"It will be even better," he said.
Donations from Grooms' song have been pouring in, which is helping to cover costs for the video. The video does not yet have a release date.
He hopes it will get people's attention so they'll check out more of his music. Although he's excited about the song, Grooms doesn't want to be a one-hit wonder.
"I hope I'm not the Kansas City Chiefs rapper forever," he said.
Want to hear "Tradition (Hail to the Chiefs)"?
Check it out online at nicholasgrooms.bandcamp.com