Frank Clark overcomes homelessness as a child, shapes his current identity


September 18, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs introduce Frank Clark on April 26. JILL TOYOSHIBA/KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the outskirts of Country Club Plaza on his way to the Chiefs’ training facility for an introductory news conference on April 26, Frank Clark’s gaze became riveted to a sight many of us either are oblivious to or consciously avoid seeing.

Passing what he recalled as a bridge by Brush Creek, his scan locked in on what he instinctively recognized as homeless people. Even en route to his first public appearance since the Chiefs had acquired the defensive end in a trade from Seattle, he had an urge to get out of the car.

“I know where to look; I understand where they are and what they do,” he said. “I have some pity.”

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