The door shut behind Brady Quinn, the last Chiefs player into a locker room that, remarkably given the extraordinary circumstances, was a victorious one.
A large cheer erupted from the room, a celebration of a dramatic accomplishment — a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The shouts of joy were not specifically for Quinn, the quarterback who led one of the most unlikely victories in Chiefs history. But they might as well have been.
Quinn carried the burden from the events of the day before, when teammate Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death and then ended his own life.