KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Easter morning, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark woke up in his California home feeling the urge to do something. Feeling a nudge to help the neighborhood in which he spent much of his childhood.
As his family cooked a holiday meal, he left for Los Angeles' Skid Row — a well-known district in downtown L.A. — unsure of his plan.
"The first place I thought of was the pizza spot," he said.
The Skid Row residents — many of them homeless — had a celebrity delivery man.
And this week, he repeated the gesture. Clark packed up his trunk with dozens of pizzas from Little Caesars, delivering them to his old neighborhood.
"Took care of my people today," he wrote on social media.
Clark spent a portion of his childhood homeless with his single mother, Teneka, he told The Star last September, a few months after he signed a five-year, $105 million contract with the Chiefs. They stayed at Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row but bounced around to other shelters and motels, too.
He has made a point to remember his past, calling it a purpose. He paid for homeless guests to attend the team's home opener last fall, providing them a limousine ride to the stadium and seats in a suite.
In his first pizza delivery to Skid Row, over the Easter holiday, Clark and a friend rushed into Little Caesars during the midst of the pandemic and asked for as many pizzas as they could make. How about 100? He offered to buy pizzas from those inside the store who had already ordered.
On such short notice, the store said they could make 55.
His jersey number.
"It's a coincidence. It's crazy," he said. "... I went down there with my friend. He helped me pass out food to the homeless. We made sure we wore our protective stuff. But I feel like I'm more in touch with them than the average person. I know the streets."