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Justin Reid Receives Impressive Off-Field Honor

Justin Reid won BlitzChamps III, an annual chess tournament between current and former NFL players
Justin Reid won BlitzChamps III, an annual chess tournament between current and former NFL players / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Justin Reid is now a chess champion, having won BlitzChamps III this week to become the second consecutive Chiefs player to win the chess tournament.

Drue Tranquill won BlitzChamps last year, an annual chess series event pitting NFL players against each other to support charity. Reid defeated Kyler Murray in the final of the double-elimination tournament, receiving $30,000 for his JReid Indeed foundation.

Reid has been an active member in the Kansas City community and active with his charity, so this is just the latest example of a charitable act from the two-time Super Bowl champion.

Justin Reid Wins NFL Chess Tournament

Eight players or former players competed. Aside from Reid, Tranquill, and Murray, Quenton Nelson, Chidobe Awuzie, Larry Fitzgerald, Mack Hollins, and Michael Vick were all participants in this year's event.

Reid overcame close matches against Awuzie, who won the first BlitzChamps, Hollins, and Murray before facing Murray a second time in the finals, winning 2-0. Tranquill defeated Vick but lost to Hollins and Nelson to end his repeat bid.

With how talented the Chiefs' defense is and how complicated some of the schemes are, it makes sense that two important players are excellent chess players too. We'll see if more Chiefs players join them next year, but Reid and Tranquill now give Kansas City two straight chess champions.

The team is getting set to defend two straight Super Bowl victories, hoping to become the first in NFL history to win three straight. It's a contract year for Reid but he sounds open to staying in Kansas City long-term, while Tranquill just signed a three-year extension this offseason.


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