Fathers spend time bonding with their sons by going on fishing trips or father/son mass here at Rockhurst. But Junior Timmy Wilkerson and his father, Mr. Bryan Wilkerson, do something a little different. They dedicate a whole weekend to father-son bonding over football every year. Starting in 2008, Wilkerson and his father have traveled every year to watch the Kansas City Chiefs at an opposing team’s stadium.
They have attended Chiefs games in the stadiums of six different NFL teams: the Carolina Panthers, the Washington Redskins, the Oakland Raiders, the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. They plan on going to Pittsburgh this year to watch the Chiefs battle the Steelers.
Wilkerson started this tradition because he did not play competitive sports unlike his sisters.
“My dad wanted to do an annual trip every year to substitute for all the trips he had to go on for my sisters’ sports,” Wilkerson said. “It is a great father-son bonding trip that enables us to spend time alone away from all the girls in our family, while being able to watch a game we both enjoy.”
Wilkerson and his father have been welcomed in most of the stadiums, except for Denver and Oakland.
“Oakland was pretty aggressive towards us. They called us names and sometimes threw stuff at us,” Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson’s favorite game was against the Denver Broncos due to the atmosphere of the division rivalry. His least favorite game occurred in North Carolina because the fans do not display a lot of energy or passion compared to Arrowhead.
Bryan and Timmy plan on going to all 32 teams’ stadiums. With only 25 left, Timmy is beginning to think about future travelers.
“I would love to continue this with my son. I want to start at the right age though; probably around 8 or 9 years old,” Wilkerson said.
The Wilkersons continue to bond while showing their hometown spirit one NFL stadium at a time.