When the Kansas City Chiefs kick an extra point after a Cheap Patrick Mahomes Jersey touchdown pass, it gives James Winchester a chance to get on the field. Luckily for the 31-year-old long snapper, that happens quite often when your team has one of the league’s most explosive offenses.
Unfortunately for Winchester, he suffered a devastating loss early in his NFL career when his father was brutally murdered by a former Army marksman in an airport parking lot.
And as it turns out, the death of Mike Winchester may have been a case of an ex-employee carrying out his revenge in the most brutal way possible.
James Winchester’s journey to the Chiefs
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An Oklahoma native, Cheap James Winchester Jersey has football in genes. His father, Michael Winchester, was a punter for the University of Oklahoma football team from 1984-85.
His son also played his college ball for the Sooners.
However, James Winchester didn’t get blessed with the ability to kick a football. Instead, he played a key role as the team’s long snapper.
Although the 6-foot-3, 240-pound special-teamer did not get selected in the 2013 NFL draft, that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional long snapper.
It just took a little longer than expected for Winchester to finally find the right fit for his services.
Since signing with the Chiefs in March 2015, he has held down the long snapper position. In 2017, he signed a five-year, $4.45 million contract extension. With nearly 100 games under his belt, the veteran has provided stability and consistency at a quietly critical position.
But in the middle of his second season with the Chiefs, Winchester tragically lost his father in a fatal shooting incident that occurred at an airport.
Kansas City’s long snapper suffered a tragic loss when his father was murdered
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On Nov. 15, 2016, James Winchester’s life changed forever.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs long snapper, that day represented the end of his father’s time on Earth.
Michael Winchester, an employee of Southwest Airlines, got shot in a parking lot around 1 p.m. at Will Rogers World Airport. He later died at a hospital, according to Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star.
Immediately, questions arose about why someone would kill the 52-year-old, who seemingly had no reason to be a victim of gun violence.
Capt. Paco Balderrama of the Oklahoma City police said a white male suspect was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head inside of a red pickup truck on the second level of an airport parking garage.
“We do believe this was a premeditated act,” Balderrama said in the aftermath of Winchester’s murder. “This was not random. Obviously the investigation is ongoing, in relation to the details.”