Johnson visits patients at KC hospital

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2013

Even though playing on the gridiron in the NFL is a good thing, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nico Johnson is making sure his off-the-field work counts also.

Johnson, the Andalusia native who is a rookie for the Chiefs, recently visited The University of Kansas Hospital Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit, along with fellow LB James-Michael Johnson, to help cheer up patients and give them a welcome distraction.

They visited with patients and brought along a Chiefs teddy bear, candy canes and other items, according to the team’s website.

“We came to the hospital to visit patients, to give back to the community and hopefully brighten some people’s day,” Nico Johnson explained. “It means a lot to us to be able to make these kids smile, to distract them with what they’re going through and give them some Christmas gifts.”

The Chiefs have a specially designated “caring” team that’s active throughout the year. As the holidays are a busy time for the football team, the Chiefs do their best to give gifts, spread holiday cheer and raise spirits as a way to say thank you to the fan base, the website said.