Both NFL football teams in Missouri swooped into Joplin last week, lifting spirits and clearing clogged yards and roads.
The Kansas City Chiefs had invited fans to donate supplies and water and cash, and the club was stunned at the outpouring it saw from the community.
The team mobilized the greater Kansas City area, loading up six semis of water (187,490 bottles, by their count) and relief supplies, along with $35,000 from the club and $21,000 of private donations.
Four St. Louis Rams players, including Sam Bradford and James Laurinaitis, pitched in on Thursday, and the club donated $25,000 to relief efforts.
The Chiefs Matt Cassel, Jonathan Baldwin and several other players went on the same day as the Rams.
(READ the story in Sports Illustrated)