Eric Bieniemy lived in a hotel all season to protect high-risk son from COVID-19

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Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy sacrificed a lot to be part of the Chiefs during the 2020 season.

Bieniemy moved into a hotel at the start of training camp and stayed there through the Super Bowl, a full six months, because his son, Eric Bieniemy III, has cerebral palsy and respiratory issues and would be at high risk of COVID-19.

“It’s been this way for the past six months,” Bieniemy told Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated before the Super Bowl. “It’s been a challenge.”

Although NFL players and coaches were tested every day throughout the season, Bieniemy didn’t want to risk catching the virus and spreading it to his son before a positive test came back. So his contact with his family was limited for the entire season, with Bieniemy returning home only on Fridays for visits when he wore masks and stayed in a separate room from the rest of his family.

20 responses to “Eric Bieniemy lived in a hotel all season to protect high-risk son from COVID-19

  1. For anyone who’s aware of EB’s personal story, the birth of his son really changed his life for the better.

    He’s a good man with a good family and KC is lucky to have him around.

  2. Whatever your views are. That’s a hell of a move there.

    Took care of his job and his family and sacrificed more then most would be willing to do.

  3. Andy Reid should step down and let Eric Bienemy take over. It would be nice to see a black HC with a bonafide franchise QB for a change. NFL teams don’t hire people of color to coach top-5 QB’s. This. Needs. To. Change.

  4. IDK how I could handle that situation. On the one hand, a super high profile job making a ton of money and the promise of (at the beginning of the season) at least a deep run into the playoffs if not a SB. On the other, as a father, IDK if I could give up 6 months with either of my kids for almost anything except for a pay day so large my future grand kids wouldn’t have to ever worry about money. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

  5. Not the sort of guy you’d want as HC of your football team at all!! Hopefully gets his shot very soon. Unless of course big Andy is planning on stepping down after this season and he’s been promised the gig?

  6. Everyone wonders why he hasn’t gotten an HC gig yet. But he has said more than once that he is only leaving for the perfect fit. Not sure there ever is a 100% perfect fit but that’s his criteria. Wish the media would stop pushing an agenda.

  7. Bienemy is a saint, until you read his Wikipedia page. He has had several brushes with the law.

  8. mikethevike11 says:
    March 11, 2021 at 12:50 pm
    IDK how I could handle that situation. On the one hand, a super high profile job making a ton of money and the promise of (at the beginning of the season) at least a deep run into the playoffs if not a SB. On the other, as a father, IDK if I could give up 6 months with either of my kids for almost anything except for a pay day so large my future grand kids wouldn’t have to ever worry about money. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

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    No right or wrong answer. Leave the game you might never get that post again or the shine on your career fades if the offense doesn’t change much. Never get that year back with your family.

  9. This wasn’t about a big pay day or a high profile gig. This was about professionalism and a commitment to the health and safety of one’s family.

  10. What a guy. Someone get this guy – I dunno – a head coaching job, or something!

  11. He should look into these vaccines that are out there… And have been for high risk people for months…

  12. nobull says:
    March 11, 2021 at 1:29 pm
    Bienemy is a saint, until you read his Wikipedia page. He has had several brushes with the law.

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    you forgot to mention he didn’t call plays either…

  13. Anyone knocking his past apparently must be absolute saints, right? Clearly whatever happened is not who he is now, if this isn’t proof enough. Part of me is glad nobody ever heard about this, because it’s not what you do when everyone is looking, it’s what you do when they aren’t.

  14. I’m not the same man I was 20 years ago. We all mature from our experiences. Seems like Bienemy has

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