On a day he might otherwise be fighting for extra yards, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was going the extra mile for kids.

The team’s open week provided Hunt an opportunity to help youth football players buy equipment at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Overland Park on Sunday. He went from there to work a youth football camp.

“I just like having fun with the kids and being able to teach them some of the things I know and I went through as a kid, some things I wish I’d have known before,” Hunt said. “A lot of people helped me out.”

Those people contributed in shaping Hunt, off to a fast start as a rookie with a team-leading 800 rushing yards for a Chiefs team that stands 6-3 and leads the AFC West.

Although Hunt and the Chiefs’ running game have been slowed over the last month, he remains a top candidate for rookie of the year honors, which may seem surprising for a third-round draft pick from Toledo. But not to a former coach who had a hand in helping prepare Hunt for this level.