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A lifelong Chiefs fan, Rohr gets chance to have his voice bounce around Arrowhead Stadium

A lifelong Chiefs fan, Rohr gets chance to have his voice bounce around Arrowhead Stadium


Nate Rohr has done this before.

As Memorial Stadium public address announcer, his voice has become a familiar sound to the thousands and thousands of fans at Nebraska home football games.

But Rohr experienced a new platform — the biggest football platform — to lend his voice to last Sunday.

The Beatrice native filled in as the second PA announcer for the Kansas City Chiefs, a team Rohr has rooted for since he was a child.

"Oh, my goodness, it was so cool," Rohr said Saturday just a couple of hours before Nebraska kicked off against Purdue. "Just bouncing around Arrowhead Stadium, especially with as well as they're playing right now … just to bandwagon on, right?"

The Chiefs have two PA announcers in Dale Carter and Bryan Truta. Unfortunately, a health issue kept Truta from working Sunday's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. So Brad Young, the Chiefs' manager of production and a UNL graduate, reached out to Rohr.

How was Rohr going to pass this up?

It made for a busy weekend. Rohr flew to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to help with his Nebraska Sports Network assignments, got back to Lincoln with the team at 7 p.m. that Saturday and hopped in a vehicle and drove to Kansas City that night.

He was at the stadium by 7 a.m. Sunday.

"The traffic was already backed up at the gate to get in and tailgate," Rohr said.

While Carter handled PA for yards, downs and distance, Rohr handled promotional announcements as well as voice-over for early game highlights during breaks in the action.

"That was a little hectic just to make sure I had names right and info right," he said. "Other than that, I was a little worried about settling in and not jumping in too early and things like that, but Brad Young was in my ear the whole time, helping me out. They treated me terrific there."

Rohr, who has announced Nebraska softball since 2005, grew up a Chiefs fan. His favorite players were Neil Smith and Will Shields, a pair of former Huskers, and he tries to attend one game a year.

There was something extra special about combining a passion for broadcasting/announcing with the enthusiasm for a favorite team. For Rohr, it's like a typical fall Saturday.

"I'm spoiled," he said. "I really am spoiled. It would be one thing to do it for one NFL team; that's really cool. But when you also had the excitement you feel because it's your team, that only adds to it more. I've gotten a little spoiled with it being both with my job with (the Huskers) and with the Chiefs in that fill-in role. I got to do it for teams that I love, teams I have enthusiasm for and I get to display that on the mics."

As for his Chiefs, Rohr is brimming with excitement, just like his fellow Kansas City fans, including the thousands who heard him Sunday.

"I tried to tell myself all summer, as Chiefs were getting exciting, 'I don't know. We'll see,'" Rohr said. "I was trying to stay cautious. But as much as (quarterback Patrick Mahomes) lit things up, I've bought in."

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.


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