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Chiefs kicker lives late dad’s ‘biggest dream’ by flying with Blue Angels

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Cairo Santos spent a day with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels pilots.
Cairo Santos spent a day with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels pilots.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos enjoyed the opportunity of a
lifetime Tuesday when he was able to spend the day flying with the U.S.
Navy Blue Angels. The stunt flights are a cool experience for those with
strong stomachs, but a day with the unit was even more meaningful for
Santos; the kicker’s father was a stunt pilot who died in a plane crash
in September 2013.

The 24-year-old Santos said Thursday’s experience helped him feel closer to his late father.

Santos was not always able to spend as much time with his father as
he would have liked. The Brazilian-born kicker left home at 15 years old
for a student-exchange program with St. Joseph Academy Catholic High
School in Florida. Santos discovered football while on the exchange
program and, thanks to his father’s encouragement, ended up staying in
the United States to pursue his football dreams. Santos earned a
football scholarship to Tulane University and was a senior for the Green
Wave in 2013 when he received the phone call telling him his father had
died.

Although some might shy away from planes after losing a family
member in a plane crash, Santos’s day with the Blue Angels shows Santos
won’t back down from frightening choices. Those who wish to keep their
feet on the ground while still getting a taste of the Blue Angels
experience are in luck, however, as the kicker documented his entire
experience on the NFL’s Snapchat account.

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