KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Benjamin Steichen wears a Patrick Mahomes jersey, people go wild. And that wouldn’t be a surprise if Steichen was in Kansas City, Missouri, but the Army member is stationed at a post in Germany.
“Everybody is following him, everybody loves that guy,” Steichen said via video chat. “When I go around wearing my Chiefs stuff, everyone is like, 'I love Patrick Mahomes, he's awesome, I gotta watch the Chiefs.'”
Steichen grew up in South Dakota idolizing Joe Montana. He stuck with the Chiefs after Montana retired.
Over the years, the die-hard fan has accumulated autographed jerseys, posters, magazines, figurines and furniture. And no matter where the Army stations him, Steichen brings every bit of Chiefs memorabilia with him to create a “fan cave” at the post.
“It just helps me feel comfortable. No matter where I'm at, as long as I got that, I'm going to be comfortable, I'm going to feel like I'm back home in the States,” he pointed out.
Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans begins at 9 p.m. in Germany, but Steichen said he will stay up to watch it all.