The Kansas City Chiefs start off-season workouts in just a few weeks, but team members have kept busy in the off season.
Linebacker Tamba Hali was one of the many who spent their time off traveling.
In the years past, Hali has gone to Tokyo and Dubai. This year he decided to take a trip to a country he once called home.
Hali visited Liberia last week along with his dad and his brother. The family left a war-torn Gbarnga in 1992 and came to the United States in 1994.
Speaking about the trip on Monday, Hali said there wasn’t too much planning and they just decided to go.
He shared cell phone video and pictures from his trip on his social media pages. One of the places Hali visited was the house he grew up in.
Hali said he was surprised to see how the infrastructure has improved since they left. But, because of all the fighting during a Civil War there, he said he can’t imagine a life if he and his family had stayed.
“I always remember I always wanted to join the fighting, I wanted to do that because I was a child and everyone was doing it. My brother wouldn’t let me. He did it for a little bit, but he wouldn’t let me, but I’d be dead. I mean, I don’t think I would be living,” Hali said. “All the people I knew as friends, they’re dead.”
Hali said there were some security concerns over his visit. He brought a protection team with him to keep him safe since tourist kidnappings can be an issue. But, he said, they never had any problems.
He said on Monday that he’s thinking of starting a charity or foundation to bring attention to the people of Liberia and what they’re going through.