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“Last year, it was tragedy right in front of you,” said Pioli about his memories from last June’s visit. “Even though there was a hope at that point in time, it was a hope resting on nothing concrete. Last year, they had everything ripped out from under them.”

Instead of hailing broken homes away, Pioli and the Chiefs were able to piece together new ones when revisited Joplin on Friday. Two dozen Chiefs players and more than 100 staff members—including Pioli, owner Clark Hunt, and team president Mark Donovan—volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity build five new homes for displaced residents and new homeowners.

While Peterson was an astute businessman—turning the Chiefs into one of the more profitable franchises during his tenure—his dealings as general manager were not as sound. He kept the Chiefs in a perpetual tailspin of aging players with bad contracts as his time wore thin in Kansas City.

The receiving corps wasn’t in too bad of shape when Pioli took over, but only because it was void of overall talent and depth—other than Dwayne Bowe and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Piolo has focused on surrounding quarterback Matt Cassel with a variety of pass-catching weapons via free agency or the draft.

In continuation of the team’s long-standing policy, the taxpayers of Jackson County, Mo., will receive first priority to purchase tickets for the 2012 season beginning on Monday, July 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. They are also available during normal Ticket Office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 17. Jackson County pre-sale tickets must be purchased in person at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office. No phone orders will be accepted for this special pre-sale event on July 16 – 17.

Jackson County taxpayers purchasing tickets must have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a 2011 Jackson County, Mo., personal property tax receipt. Spouses residing at the same address will be allowed to purchase tickets, even if the property receipt is in their spouse’s name.

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