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Hundreds of Chiefs fans wait for hours for Tyrann Mathieu autograph

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 19:33:50-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of Kansas City Chiefs fans lined up, some for more than 24 hours, to snag an autograph from Tyrann Mathieu, who was set to appear at the Dick's Sporting Goods in Zona Rosa at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In order to get an autograph, fans had to have a wristband, which were handed out beginning at 9 a.m.

The line of fans wrapped around the sports store, with some people saying they had arrived as early as 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Doug Payne arrived around 7:45 p.m. after he left the signing with defensive tackle Chris Jones at the store's Leawood location. Since then, he's been waiting for Mathieu.

“I like to shake their hand and tell them how proud I am and just get that experience," Payne said.

Payne said he hasn't slept in his own bed since Friday. Instead, he's been camping out at Dick's Sporting Goods stores across the metro. He told 41 Action News he couldn't miss his opportunity to meet the players.

“It’s football, you know we get out here and this may be the last time we get to do this this year," Payne said. "It’s the end of the season, we’re going to have a break, so it’s just a good football thing to do."

More than 340 fans were out waiting in line for the wristbands on Monday morning, although the store only planned to hand out 225.

Some fans 41 Action News spoke with said they just wanted to enjoy the experience of being surrounded by other Chiefs fans.

Over the weekend, other Chiefs players also held autograph signings at Dick's Sporting Goods stores across the metro, including Jones, Frank Clark and Demarcus Robinson.