November 23, 2014

Pioneer Ridge student to help Chiefs with coin toss

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

When Colton Bryan, 11, steps onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday afternoon, he hopes his efforts will help the Kansas City Chiefs secure a victory. The Pioneer Ridge Middle School student won’t be suited up to play, but he will serve as an honorary team captain helping the Chiefs during the coin toss right before kick-off.

“He is really stoked about it,” Chris Bryan, Colton’s dad, said.

Colton Bryan, left, and his father, Chris Bryan pose for the camera during a Chiefs game two years ago. Colton, a student at Pioneer Ridge Middle School was selected to be an honorary assistant during the coin toss at the start of Sundays Chiefs game against the Arizona Cardinals. Chris said Colton won the honor from a sports radio contest online. As part of the package, Colton recieved four tickets to the game. His mom, Layla Bryan, dad Chris and a friend will attend the game together, but only Colton will be on the field for the coin toss. Submitted photo

Colton will take the field right before kick-off as the Chiefs return home from a two-game road trip. The squad has a perfect record at home, but they’ll be looking to break a two-game losing streak.

Colton hopes his coin-toss efforts will bring the team a little luck.

“We hope so. It wouldn’t hurt,” his dad said.

Chris is a big time fan who scours the radio dial for information about the Kansas City Chiefs between games. He doesn’t spend much time listening to the latest tunes. Instead, he listens to sports talk on the AM dial. That’s how Colton received the coin toss honor.

“I was speechless at first, because I was so excited,” Colton explained.

Chris secured the tickets by signing up for a drawing online through WHB 810 AM radio. Chris didn’t realize when he clicked the tab to enter the contest, that he had to have a child between the ages of 10 and 14.

Layla Bryan, left, and Colton Bryan show off their Chiefs pride during a game at Arrowhead. Colton will help with the coin toss during Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals. Submitted photo

“I didn’t read the fine print,” he said. “When they called and asked me if I had a kid between those ages, I thought, oh, so I don’t get to go out on the field.”

But for Colton, the contest got sweeter and sweeter. Not only does the sixth grader get to be down on the field for pre-game warm-up and on the field for the pre-game coin toss, he won four tickets to the game.

“And he gets to take a buddy since his sister doesn’t want to go at all,” Chris said.

Colton hasn’t told many people about his big event, because he needed to determine which friend he would take. Connor Boyt, Gardner, will accompany him to the game. Colton won’t actually get to toss the coin.

“Colton’s just standing there. They said something about a radio interview afterwards,” Chris said. “I’m not sure what that entails or if that’s a guaranteed thing or not.”

In the meantime, Chris said Bryan family members are excited about the trip to Arrowhead Stadium. In addition to a Voigt, the game foursome will include Colton, his dad Chris, and his mom, Layla Bryan.

The game won’t be Colton’s first time at Arrowhead Stadium. The family used to watch every home game at the stadium.

“We got season tickets for a few years, but with the economy, we cut back a couple of years ago,” Chris said.

Instead, the family tries to go to the home opener and one or two games a year.

“But we didn’t get to go this year,” he said.

Colton doesn’t know what he’ll say in a potential radio interview or what he may say to Chiefs players on the field. But he’ll be looking to meet a few of his favorites including Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles.

“I like them, because they get a lot of touchdowns,” Colton said.

The game between the K.C. Chiefs (5-4) and the Arizona Cardinals (3-6) kicks off at noon on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Arrowhead Stadium. It will be televised on WDAF-TV Fox 4 locally.

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