Gracelyn “Gracie” Hunt is the daughter of Kansas City Chiefs co-owner and CEO Clark Hunt. She was out when the team won the Super Bowl on Feb. 12.
The Hunt family has owned the Kansas City Chiefs since the team was founded in 1959 by Lamar Hunt, a founding member of the American Football League.
Clark Hunt, son of Lamar Hunt, inherited the team when his father died in 2006. Clark is also a founding investor-owner of Major League Soccer and chairman of Hunt Sports Group, which oversees operations for the Chiefs and FC Dallas.
Gracie Hunt, 23, is the daughter of Clark and Tavia Hunt, who were married in 1993. She has two younger siblings: Knobel Hunt, 20, and Ava Hunt, 14.
On February 12, the family team faced the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII and won 38-35.
The Hunt family is one of the richest families in America.
Long before Lamar and Clark Hunt were considered football royalty, oil tycoon Haroldson Lafayette Hunt was known as one of the richest men in America.
According to The New York Times, HL Hunt founded the Hunt Oil Company in 1936 and used his fortune from the oil business to invest in other industries such as publishing, cosmetics and pecan.
At the time of his death in 1974, HL Hunt had an estimated net worth of between $2 billion and $3 billion (between $11.5 billion and $17.3 billion in today’s money when adjusted for inflation).
He divided his fortune among his 14 surviving children, Forbes reports. As of 2020, Forbes has estimated that the Hunt family is worth around $15.3 billion and continues to own oil and gas companies around the world in addition to their sports empire.
Gracie Hunt dreamed of playing football in college, but fell through after suffering four concussions.
It seems that the love of sports runs in the family.
“Football was my first love,” she told People in 2021. “I wanted to play in college. I won the championship when I was in high school with my varsity team and I played for the club as well.”
However, despite her ambitions to play football at the collegiate level, Hunt said she had to find a new passion after multiple injuries kept her from playing professionally.
“After suffering four concussions, that was a dream I could no longer pursue, which is really hard when you work your whole life to be good at something,” she said. “I had to find a new dream.”
After her football career ended, Hunt competed in several beauty pageants and was named Miss Kansas USA in 2021.
Hunt’s mother, Tavia Hunt, was also crowned Miss Kansas USA in 1993. Hunt has often spoken about how her mother inspired her to start participating in pageants and how the experience brought them together.
“It’s really nice to walk down a road with someone who’s been down that road before,” Hunt told People in 2021. “It really brought us so much together.”
Before becoming Miss Kansas, Hunt was crowned Miss Texas International in 2018 and Miss Texas Teen International in 2016.
She has since left pageant racing behind and is now a distance runner and philanthropist.
According to Hunt’s personal website, she has completed two full marathons and two half marathons in 2022.
She also serves as the Unified Champion Ambassador for Special Olympics and is the founder of her own philanthropic organization, Breaking Barriers Through Sports, which seeks to “give people a positive identity and confidence through athletics and a healthy lifestyle.” , according to her website.
Gracie and her family are Christians, and she spoke about how important her faith is to her.
“What keeps me grounded in the first place is my faith and my relationship with Jesus Christ and then having a solid family that believes in me, that encourages me in what I want to pursue and that gives me a hard time when they know it (I ) need to improve in that area,” Hunt told Her Campus in 2018.
She also described her father, Clark Hunt, as someone who “loves God first, loves his wife second, and loves us all as a family better than anything I could ever hope for.”
Gracie Hunt rooted for the Super Bowl champions when they took on the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s Super Bowl.
After the Chiefs clinched a Super Bowl berth, Hunt took to Instagram to share a video of her on the field celebrating the team’s AFC championship victory on Jan. 29, which she captioned, “GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!”
After the Chiefs’ victory on Sunday, Hunt posted several photos of her posing with the Vince Lombardi Trophy with the caption, “It shines like a diamond!”