Evan Boehm, father sharing sideline during Saturday's game


KANSAS CITY (WTHR) — Saturday is set to be a homecoming of sorts for Colts center Evan Boehm. Evan is from Lee's Summit, Missouri, about 16 miles southeast of Arrowhead stadium, so he'll have several members of his family and close friends in the stands as the Colts take on the Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs. But his dad, Royce, will have the best seat in the house.

Royce is part of the Chiefs' chain gang, serving as a ball boy the last three years. He'll be on the field while his son is, too.

"We talked about it a little," Evan said with a smirk. "Before the game we’ll say what’s up and maybe take a picture and talk but after that it’s time to go. I’ll have a job to do and he has a job to do and we’ll talk after the game.”

This isn't the first time Royce and Evan will share a sideline. Royce was the head football coach at Lee's Summit West High School for 12 seasons before retiring in 2015. He coached Evan, and together, they won a state championship in 2010.

Royce is employed by the NFL so there's no cheering for the Chiefs or the Colts. But he admits Saturday will be special.

“Will I be a proud papa?" Royce said. "Darn right I’ll be a proud papa. But I’ll keep it in check because I’ll be wearing that NFL blue.”