Kansas City Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs
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Established August 14, 1959;59 years ago (August 14, 1959) [1]
First season: 1960
Play in and headquartered in Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
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League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Western Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970 present)

Current uniform
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Team colorsRed, gold, white [2] [3]
            
Mascot Warpaint (1963–1988, 2009–present)
K. C. Wolf (1989–present)
Personnel
Owner(s) Hunt family
Chairman Clark Hunt
CEOClark Hunt
President Mark Donovan
General manager Brett Veach
Head coach Andy Reid
Team history
  • Dallas Texans (1960–1962)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1963present)
Team nicknames
  • Redwood Forest (Defense, 1969–1971)
Championships
League championships (2)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (11)
  • AFL Western: 1962, 1966
  • AFC West: 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Does not include the AFL or NFL championships won during the same seasons as the AFL-NFL Super Bowl championships prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger
Playoff appearances (21)
Home fields

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). (They are not associated with the NFL Dallas Texans.) In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. [4] The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. [5] Hunt's son, Clark, serves as chairman and CEO. While Hunt's ownership stakes passed collectively to his widow and children after his death in 2006, Clark represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has ultimate authority on personnel changes.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Kansas City, Missouri City in western Missouri

Kansas City is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of 488,943 in 2017, making it the 37th most-populous city in the United States. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon after.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

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The Chiefs have won three AFL championships, in 1962, 1966, and 1969. [6] They became the second AFL team (after the New York Jets) to defeat an NFL team in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. The team's victory on January 11, 1970, remains the club's last championship game victory and appearance to date, and occurred in the final such competition prior to the leagues' merger coming into full effect. The Chiefs were also the second team, after the Green Bay Packers, to appear in more than one Super Bowl (and the first AFL team to do so) and the first to appear in the championship game in two different decades. Despite post-season success early in the franchise's history, winning five of their first six postseason games, the team has struggled to find success in the playoffs since. As of the conclusion of the 2018–19 playoffs, they have lost 12 of their last 14 playoff games, including eight straight, at the time the longest playoff losing streak in NFL history. The playoff losing streak stretched from the 1993-94 AFC Championship game to the 2013-14 Divisional Round. The only playoffs wins over the last 14 playoff games were a 30–0 win over the Texans in the 2015–16 playoffs and a 31–13 over the Colts in the 2018–19 playoffs.

The New York Jets are a professional American football team located in the New York metropolitan area. The Jets compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. In a unique arrangement for the league, the Jets share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants. The franchise is legally and corporately registered as New York Jets, LLC.

Super Bowl Annual championship game of the National Football League in American football

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) where the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC) competes against the champion of the American Football Conference (AFC). The game is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. The sole exception to this naming convention tradition occurred with Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7, 2016, following the 2015 regular season, and the following year, the nomenclature returned to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, following the 2016 regular season. The upcoming Super Bowl is Super Bowl LIV, scheduled for February 2, 2020, following the 2019 regular season.

Minnesota Vikings National Football League franchise in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division.

Franchise history

Formation

In 1959, Lamar Hunt began discussions with other businessmen to establish a professional football league that would rival the National Football League. [6] [7] [8] Hunt's desire to secure a football team was heightened after watching the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts. [7] [9] After unsuccessful attempts to purchase and relocate the NFL's Chicago Cardinals to his hometown of Dallas, Texas, [6] [10] Hunt went to the NFL and asked to create an expansion franchise in Dallas. The NFL turned him down, so Hunt then established the American Football League and started his own team, the Dallas Texans, to begin play in 1960. Hunt hired a little-known assistant coach from the University of Miami football team, Hank Stram, to be the team's head coach [7] after the job offer was declined by Bud Wilkinson and Tom Landry. [7]

Lamar Hunt Sports executive

Lamar Hunt was an American businessman notable for his promotion of American football, soccer, basketball, tennis and ice hockey in the United States and for his efforts in conjunction with his brothers, William Herbert Hunt and Nelson Bunker Hunt, to corner the silver market in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

1958 NFL Championship Game

The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was the 26th NFL championship game, played on December 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was the first NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime. The final score was Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17, and the game has since become widely known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played".

New York Giants National Football League franchise in East Rutherford, New Jersey

The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York metropolitan area. The Giants compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team plays its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which it shares with the New York Jets in a unique arrangement. The Giants hold their summer training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

After Stram was hired, Don Klosterman was hired as head scout, credited by many for bringing a wealth of talent to the Texans after luring it away from the NFL, often hiding players and using creative means to land them.

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Len Dawson led the Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl IV and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987

Early success

The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL's cross-town competition Dallas Cowboys for three seasons. The Texans were to have exclusive access to the stadium until the NFL put an expansion team, the Dallas Cowboys, there. [7] While the team averaged a league-best 24,500 at the Cotton Bowl, the Texans gained less attention due to the AFL's relatively lower profile compared to the NFL. [7] In the franchise's first two seasons, the team managed only an 8–6 and 6–8 record, respectively. [11] In their third season, the Texans strolled to an 11–3 record and a berth in the team's first American Football League Championship Game, against the Houston Oilers. [10] [11] The game was broadcast nationally on ABC and the Texans defeated the Oilers 20–17 in double overtime. [10] The game lasted 77 minutes and 54 seconds, which still stands as the longest championship game in professional football history. [10]

Cotton Bowl (stadium) stadium in Dallas, Texas, United States

Cotton Bowl Stadium is an outdoor stadium in Dallas, Texas, United States, opening in 1930 at the site of the State Fair of Texas. Concerts or other events using a stage allow the playing field to be used for additional spectators.

Dallas Cowboys National Football League franchise in Arlington, Texas

The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which opened for the 2009 season. The stadium took its current name prior to the 2013 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. The team's national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive sell-outs. The Cowboys' streak of 190 consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games began in 2002. The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, just behind the New England Patriots record eleven Super Bowl appearances. This has also corresponded to eight NFC championships, most in the NFC. The Cowboys have won five of those Super Bowl appearances, tying them with their NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers; both are second to Pittsburgh's and New England’s record six Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966–85), in which they missed the playoffs only twice.

For its first nine seasons, 1960 through 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions.

It turned out to be the last game the team would play as the Dallas Texans. Despite competing against a Cowboys team that managed only a 9–28–3 record in their first three seasons, Hunt decided that the Dallas–Fort Worth media market could not sustain two professional football franchises. [10] [12] He considered moving the Texans to either Atlanta or Miami for the 1963 season. [10] However, he was ultimately swayed by an offer from Kansas City Mayor Harold Roe Bartle. [10] [12] [13] Bartle promised to triple the franchise's season ticket sales and expand the seating capacity of Municipal Stadium to accommodate the team. [10] [12] [13]

A media market, broadcast market, media region, designated market area (DMA), television market area, or simply market is a region where the population can receive the same television and radio station offerings, and may also include other types of media including newspapers and Internet content. They can coincide or overlap with one or more metropolitan areas, though rural regions with few significant population centers can also be designated as markets. Conversely, very large metropolitan areas can sometimes be subdivided into multiple segments. Market regions may overlap, meaning that people residing on the edge of one media market may be able to receive content from other nearby markets. They are widely used in audience measurements, which are compiled in the United States by Nielsen Media Research. Nielsen measures both television and radio audiences since its acquisition of Arbitron, which was completed in September 2013.

Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

Atlanta is the capital of, and the most populous city in, the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States. The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia. A small portion of the city extends eastward into neighboring DeKalb County.

Miami City in Florida, United States

Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida. The city covers an area of about 56.6 square miles (147 km2), between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay on the east; with a 2017 estimated population of 463,347, Miami is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States. The Miami metropolitan area is home to 6.1 million people and the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Miami's metro area is the second-most populous metropolis in the southeastern United States and fourth-largest urban area in the U.S. Miami has the third tallest skyline in the United States with over 300 high-rises, 80 of which stand taller than 400 feet.

Hunt agreed to relocate the franchise to Kansas City on May 22, 1963, and on May 26 the team was renamed the Kansas City Chiefs. [10] [12] [13] Hunt and head coach Hank Stram initially planned to retain the Texans name, but a fan contest determined the new "Chiefs" name in honor of Mayor Bartle's nickname that he acquired in his professional role as Scout Executive of the St. Joseph and Kansas City Boy Scout Councils and founder of the Scouting Society, the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. [10] [13] A total of 4,866 entries were received with 1,020 different names being suggested, including a total of 42 entrants who selected "Chiefs."[ citation needed ] The two names that received the most popular votes were "Mules" and "Royals" (which, 6 years later, would be the name of the city's Major League Baseball expansion franchise in 1969, after the Athletics left Kansas City for Oakland following the 1967 season).[ citation needed ]

Relocation of professional sports teams is a practice which involves a sporting club moving from one metropolitan area to another, but occasionally, moves between municipalities in the same conurbation are also included. In North America, a league franchise system is used, and as the teams are generally privately owned and operate according to the wishes of their owners, the practice is much more common there than it is in other areas of the world, where sporting teams are often identified with a specific location. Moving of teams is more commonplace among less-established teams with small or nonexistent fan-bases. Reasons for relocations are commonly motivated by either problems with finances, problems with inadequate facilities, lack of support or the wishes of the owner(s). In most cases, it is a combination of some or all of those problems.

Tribe of Mic-O-Say

The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is an honor society used by two local councils of the Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council and Pony Express Council; it is not a program of the National Council of the BSA. Mic-O-Say's ceremonies, customs, and traditions are based on the folklore of the American Indian. Both councils use both the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and the Order of the Arrow.

The franchise became one of the strongest teams in the now thriving American Football League, [6] with the most playoff appearances for an AFL team (tied with the Oakland Raiders), and the most AFL Championships (3). [10] The team's dominance helped Lamar Hunt become a central figure in negotiations with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to agree on an AFL–NFL merger. [10] [14] In the meetings between the two leagues, a merged league championship game was agreed to be played in January 1967 following the conclusion of the leagues' respective 1966 seasons. Hunt insisted on calling the game the "Super Bowl" after seeing his children playing with a popular toy at the time, a Super Ball. [10] [14] [15] While the first few games were designated the "AFL–NFL World Championship Game", the Super Bowl name became its officially licensed title in years to come.

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The Chiefs topped the Raiders in the 1969 AFL championship game (left) and went on to defeat the Vikings in Super Bowl IV (right)

The Chiefs cruised to an 11–2–1 record in 1966, and defeated the defending AFL Champion Buffalo Bills in the AFL Championship Game. [16] The Chiefs were invited to play the NFL's league champion Green Bay Packers in the first AFL–NFL World Championship Game. Kansas City and Green Bay played a close game for the first half, but Green Bay took control in the final two quarters, winning the game by a score of 35–10. [10] The Chiefs lost the game but gained the respect of several Packers opponents following the game. [17] The Chiefs' interleague match-up with the Packers was not the last time that they would face an NFL opponent, especially on the championship stage. [10] The following August, Kansas City hosted the NFL's Chicago Bears in the 1967 preseason and won the game 66–24. [10]

Despite losing to the division rival Oakland Raiders twice in the regular season in 1969, the two teams met for a third time in the AFL Championship Game where Kansas City won 17–7. [11] Backup quarterback Mike Livingston led the team in a six-game winning streak after Len Dawson suffered a leg injury which kept him out of most of the season's games. [10] While getting plenty of help from the club's defense, Dawson returned from the injury and led the Chiefs to Super Bowl IV. [10] Against the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings, [6] who were favored by 12½, the Chiefs dominated the game 23–7 to claim the team's first Super Bowl championship. [10] Dawson was named the game's Most Valuable Player after completing 12-of-17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, with 1 interception. [18] The following season, the Chiefs and the rest of the American Football League merged with the National Football League after the AFL–NFL merger became official. [10] The Chiefs were placed in the American Football Conference's West Division. [11]

From 1960 to 1969, the Chiefs/Texans won 87 games, which is the most in the 10-year history of the AFL. [19]

In 1970, the Chiefs won only seven games in their first season in the NFL and missed the playoffs. [11] The following season, the Chiefs tallied a 10–3–1 record and won the AFC West Division. [20] Head coach Hank Stram considered his 1971 Chiefs team as his best, but they failed to capture their championship dominance from 1969. [20] Most of the pieces of the team which won Super Bowl IV two years earlier were still in place for the 1971 season. [20] The Chiefs tied with the Miami Dolphins for the best record in the AFC, and both teams met in a Christmas Day playoff game which the Chiefs lost 27–24 in double overtime. [20] The Dolphins outlasted the Chiefs with a 37-yard field goal. [20] The game surpassed the 1962 AFL Championship Game as the longest ever at 82 minutes and 40 seconds. [20] The game was also the final football game at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. [20]

In 1972, the Chiefs moved into the newly constructed Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex outside of Downtown Kansas City. [20] The team's first game at Arrowhead was against the St. Louis Cardinals, a preseason game which the Chiefs won 24–14. [20] Linebacker Willie Lanier and quarterback Len Dawson won the NFL Man of the Year Award in 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Decline

The Chiefs would not return to the post-season for the remainder of the 1970s, and the 1973 season was the team's last winning effort for seven years. [20] Hank Stram was fired following a 5–9 season in 1974, and many of the Chiefs' future Hall of Fame players would depart by the middle of the decade. [20] From 1975 to 1988, the Chiefs had become a laughing stock of the NFL and provided Chiefs fans with nothing but futility. [21] [22] Five head coaches struggled to achieve the same success as Stram, compiling an 81–121–1 record. [21]

In 1980, Coach Marv Levy cut future Hall of Fame Kicker Jan Stenerud for little known Nick Lowery, who would become the most accurate kicker in NFL History over the next 14 years. In 1981, running back Joe Delaney rushed for 1,121 yards and was named the AFC Rookie of the Year. [23] The Chiefs finished the season with a 9–7 record and entered the 1982 season with optimism. [23] However, the NFL Players Association strike curbed the Chiefs' chances of returning to the postseason for the first time in over a decade. [23] The Chiefs tallied a 3–6 record [11] and in the off-season, Joe Delaney died while trying to save several children from drowning in a pond near his home in Louisiana. [24]

The Chiefs made a mistake in drafting quarterback Todd Blackledge over future greats such as Jim Kelly and Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft. [25] [26] Blackledge never started a full season for Kansas City while Kelly and Marino played Hall of Fame careers. [26] While the Chiefs struggled on offense in the 1980s, the Chiefs had a strong defensive unit consisting of Pro Bowlers such as Bill Maas, Albert Lewis, Art Still and Deron Cherry. [23]

John Mackovic took over head coaching duties for the 1983 season after Marv Levy was fired. [23] Over the next four seasons, Mackovic coached the Chiefs to a 30–34 record, but took the team to its first post-season appearance in 15 years in the 1986 NFL playoffs. [11] They lost to the New York Jets in the wild-card round. [23] Despite leading the Chiefs to only their third winning season and second playoff appearance since the merger, Mackovic was fired for what Hunt described as a lack of chemistry. [27] Frank Gansz served as head coach for the next two seasons, but won only eight of 31 games. [23]

Marty Schottenheimer era

On December 19, 1988, owner Lamar Hunt hired Carl Peterson as the team's new president, general manager, and chief executive officer. Peterson fired head coach Frank Gansz two weeks after taking over and hired Marty Schottenheimer as the club's seventh head coach. [23] In the 1988 and 1989 NFL Drafts, the Chiefs selected both defensive end Neil Smith and linebacker Derrick Thomas, respectively. [23] [28] The defense that Thomas and Smith anchored in their seven seasons together was a big reason why the Chiefs reached the postseason in six straight years. [29]

In Schottenheimer's tenure as head coach, (1989–1998), the Chiefs became a perennial playoff contender, featuring offensive players including Steve DeBerg, Christian Okoye, Stephone Paige and Barry Word, a strong defense, anchored by Thomas, Smith, Albert Lewis and Deron Cherry, and on special teams, Nick Lowery, then the most accurate kicker in NFL History. [6] The team recorded a 101–58–1 record, and clinched seven playoff berths. [30] The Chiefs' 1993 season was the franchise's most successful in 22 years. [28] With newly acquired quarterback Joe Montana and running back Marcus Allen, two former Super Bowl champions and MVPs, the Chiefs further strengthened their position in the NFL. [28] The 11–5 Chiefs defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Oilers on their way to the franchise's first AFC Championship Game appearance against the Buffalo Bills. [28] The Chiefs were overwhelmed by the Bills and lost the game by a score of 30–13. [28] The Chiefs' victory on January 16, 1994, against the Oilers remained the franchise's last post-season victory for 21 years until their 30–0 victory over the Houston Texans on January 9, 2016.

In the 1995 NFL playoffs, the 13–3 Chiefs hosted the Indianapolis Colts in a cold, damp late afternoon game at Arrowhead Stadium. [11] [28] Kansas City lost the game 10–7 against the underdog Colts, after kicker Lin Elliot missed three field goal attempts and quarterback Steve Bono threw three interceptions. [28] The Chiefs selected tight end Tony Gonzalez with the 13th overall selection in the 1997 NFL Draft, a move which some considered to be a gamble being that Gonzalez was primarily a basketball player at California. During a 1997 season full of injuries to starting quarterback Elvis Grbac, backup quarterback Rich Gannon took the reins of the Chiefs' offense as the team headed to another 13–3 season. [11] [28] Head coach Marty Schottenheimer chose Grbac to start the playoff game against the Denver Broncos despite Gannon's successes in previous weeks. [28] Grbac's production in the game was lacking, and the Chiefs lost to the Broncos 14–10. [28] Denver went on to capture their fifth AFC Championship by defeating Pittsburgh, and then defeated the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Coach Schottenheimer announced his resignation from the Chiefs following the 1998 season.

1999–2006

Following Schottenheimer’s resignation, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham took over coaching duties for the next two seasons, compiling a 16–16 record. [28] By the end of the Chiefs' decade of regular-season dominance, Gannon had signed with the Oakland Raiders, Neil Smith signed with the Denver Broncos, and Derrick Thomas was paralyzed from a car accident on January 23, 2000. [28] Thomas died from complications of his injury weeks later. [28] After allegedly reading online that he would be relieved of duties, head coach Gunther Cunningham was fired. [31] [32]

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Tony Gonzalez at the 2005 Pro Bowl
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Priest Holmes became one of the league's top backs in the early 2000s

Looking to change the Chiefs' game plan which relied on a tough defensive strategy for the past decade, Carl Peterson contacted Dick Vermeil about the Chiefs' head coaching vacancy for the 2001 season. [31] Vermeil previously led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. [32] Vermeil was hired on January 12. The Chiefs then traded a first-round draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft to St. Louis for quarterback Trent Green and signed free agent running back Priest Holmes to be the team's cornerstones on offense. [32]

In 2003, Kansas City began the season with nine consecutive victories, a franchise record. [32] They finished the season with a 13–3 record and the team's offense led the NFL in several categories under the direction of USA Today's Offensive Coach of the Year honoree, Al Saunders. [32] Running back Priest Holmes surpassed Marshall Faulk's single-season touchdown record by scoring his 27th rushing touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the team's regular season finale. [32] [33] The team clinched the second seed in the 2004 NFL playoffs and hosted the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. [32] In a game where neither team punted, the Chiefs lost the shoot-out 38–31. [32] It was the third time in nine seasons that the Chiefs went 8–0 at home in the regular season, only to lose their post-season opener at Arrowhead.

After a disappointing 7–9 record in 2004, the 2005 Chiefs finished with a 10–6 record but no playoff berth. [32] They were the fourth team since 1990 to miss the playoffs with a 10–6 record. [32] Running back Larry Johnson started in place of the injured Priest Holmes and rushed for 1,750 yards in only nine starts. [32] Prior to the Chiefs' final game of the season, head coach Dick Vermeil announced his retirement. [32] The Chiefs won the game 37–3 over the playoff-bound Cincinnati Bengals. [32]

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Damon Huard (left) and Brodie Croyle (right) both served as the Chiefs' starting quarterback after Trent Green's departure

Within two weeks of Vermeil's resignation, the Chiefs returned to their defensive roots with the selection of its next head coach. [32] The team introduced Herman Edwards, a former Chiefs scout and head coach of the New York Jets, as the team's tenth head coach after trading a fourth-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft to the Jets. [32] Quarterback Trent Green suffered a severe concussion in the team's season opener to the Cincinnati Bengals which left him out of play for eight weeks. [32] Backup quarterback Damon Huard took over in Green's absence and led the Chiefs to a 5–3 record. [32]

Kansas City was awarded a Thanksgiving Day game against the Denver Broncos in response to owner Lamar Hunt's lobbying for a third Thanksgiving Day game. [32] The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 19–10 in the first Thanksgiving Day game in Kansas City since 1969. [32] Hunt was hospitalized at the time of the game and died weeks later on December 13 due to complications with prostate cancer. [14] [32] The Chiefs honored their owner for the remainder of the season, as did the rest of the league. [32]

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By defeating the Jaguars on December 31, 2006, the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth after multiple other teams lost throughout the day

Trent Green returned in the middle of the season, but struggled in the final stretch, [32] and running back Larry Johnson set an NFL record with 416 carries in a season. [32] Kansas City managed to clinch their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 9–7 record and a bizarre sequence of six losses from other AFC teams on New Year's Eve, culminating with a Broncos loss to the 49ers. [32] The Indianapolis Colts hosted the Chiefs in the Wild Card playoffs and defeated Kansas City 23–8.

2007–2012, second decline

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Larry Johnson in 2006

In 2007, Trent Green was traded to the Miami Dolphins [34] leaving the door open for either Damon Huard or Brodie Croyle to become the new starting quarterback. [32] After starting the season with a 4–3 record, the Chiefs lost the remaining nine games when running back Larry Johnson suffered a season-ending foot injury and the quarterback position lacked stability with Huard and Croyle. [32] Despite the team's 4–12 record, tight end Tony Gonzalez broke Shannon Sharpe's NFL record for touchdowns at the position (63) and defensive end Jared Allen led the NFL in quarterback sacks with 15.5. [11]

The Chiefs began their 2008 season with the youngest team in the NFL. [35] The starting lineup had an average of 25.5 years of age. [35] By releasing several veteran players such as cornerback Ty Law and wide receiver Eddie Kennison and trading defensive end Jared Allen, [36] the Chiefs began a youth movement. [35] [37] The Chiefs had a league-high thirteen selections in the 2008 NFL Draft and chose defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and offensive lineman Branden Albert in the first round. Analysts quickly called Kansas City's selections as the best of the entire draft. [36] [38] [39] [40] Entering the season, the Chiefs were unsure if injury-prone quarterback Brodie Croyle, who was the incumbent starter, could be their quarterback in the long-term. [40] Croyle was injured in the team's first game of the season and Damon Huard started in Croyle's absence. [41] Tyler Thigpen become the third Chiefs starting quarterback in as many games for a start against the Atlanta Falcons. [42] [43] After a poor performance by Thigpen, in which he threw three interceptions against the Falcons defense, [43] Huard was retained as the starting quarterback. [44] The Chiefs struggled off the field as much as on as tight end Tony Gonzalez demanded a trade and running back Larry Johnson was involved in legal trouble. [45] [46] [47] [48]

Croyle returned for the Chiefs' game against the Tennessee Titans, but both he and Damon Huard suffered season-ending injuries in the game. [49] The Chiefs reorganized their offense to a new spread offense game plan focused around Tyler Thigpen. [37] [50] [51] [52] The Chiefs' new offense was implemented to help Thigpen play to the best of his abilities and also following the absence of Larry Johnson, who was suspended for his off-field conduct. [46] [51] [52] [53] The Chiefs made a huge gamble by using the spread offense, as most in the NFL believe that it cannot work in professional football, and also head coach Herman Edwards was traditionally in favor of more conservative, run-oriented game plans. [52]

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The Chiefs hosting the Buffalo Bills in 2009; Quarterback Matt Cassel, wearing #7

The 2008 season ended with a franchise worst 2–14 record, where the team suffered historic blowout defeats nearly week-in and week-out. [11] [43] [54] a 34–0 shut-out to the Carolina Panthers, [55] and allowed a franchise-high 54 points against the Buffalo Bills. [56] The team's general manager, chief executive officer, and team president Carl Peterson resigned at the end of the season, [57] and former New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was hired as his replacement for 2009. [58]

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Dwayne Bowe

On January 23, 2009, Herman Edwards was fired as head coach, [59] [60] and two weeks later Todd Haley signed a four-year contract to become Edwards' successor. [61] [62] Haley had a background with Pioli, which made him an attractive hire for Pioli's first coach in Kansas City.

In April 2009 Tony Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons after failed trade attempts over the previous two seasons. [63] Notably, head coach Todd Haley fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey just weeks before the start of the 2009 season and chose to take on the coordinator duties himself. Throughout 2009 the Chiefs acquired veterans to supplement the Chiefs' young talent including Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel, Bobby Engram, Mike Brown, Chris Chambers, and Andy Alleman. [64] [65] [66] The team finished with a 4–12 record, just a two-game improvement upon their record from the 2008 season.

For the 2010 season, the Chiefs made significant hires for their coaching staff, bringing on former Patriots assistant coaches Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel to coach the offense and defense, respectively. The coaching additions proved to be very successful, as the Chiefs would go on to secure their first AFC West title since 2003. Their ten victories in the 2010 season combined for as many as the team had won in their previous three seasons combined.

On January 9, 2011, the Chiefs lost their home Wild Card playoff game to the Baltimore Ravens 30–7. Six players were chosen for the Pro Bowl: Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Brian Waters, Tamba Hali, Matt Cassel, and rookie safety Eric Berry. Jamaal Charles won the FEDEX ground player of the year award and Dwayne Bowe led the NFL in Touchdown Receptions.

For their first pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and 26th overall, the team selected Jonathan Baldwin, Wide Receiver from Pitt. After a poor start, Haley was relieved of duties as Head Coach on December 12. Clark Hunt made note of "bright spots at different points this season", but felt that overall the Chiefs were not progressing. [67] The highest point of the 2011 season was an upset win against the Packers, who at that time, were undefeated with a 13–0 record.

The 2012 Chiefs became the first team since the 1929 Buffalo Bisons to not lead in regulation through any of their first nine games. The Chiefs tied their franchise worst record of 2–14 and clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. It is the first time in since the merger they have held the first overall pick. [68]

Andy Reid, John Dorsey era

Following the 2012 season, the Chiefs fired head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid was brought in as head coach to work with new general manager John Dorsey, a former Green Bay Packers head scout.

The Chiefs acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers for the Chiefs' second-round pick, 34th overall, in the 2013 draft and a conditional pick in 2014 draft. [69] Matt Cassel was released shortly after. The Chiefs selected Eric Fisher with the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs started 9–0 for the second time in team history. They would lead their wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts 38–10 shortly after halftime, but they would collapse late and lose, 45–44.

In 2014, the Chiefs attempted to make the playoffs for the second straight season for the first time since 1995, however, they finished 9–7 and were eliminated in Week 17.

After a promising win for the Chiefs against Houston in Week 1, Kansas City went on a five-game losing streak culminating in a 16–10 loss to Minnesota and the loss of Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL. However, they managed one of the most improbable season comebacks in the NFL and won ten straight to improve their record from 1–5 to 11–5. The team clinched a playoff berth after a 17–13 win over Cleveland in Week 16 to become only the second NFL team to do so after the merger.[ clarification needed ]

The streak achieved by the Chiefs broke a franchise record for 9 straight (2003, 2013) and second 9 plus game win streak under Reid. After a Week 17 win over Oakland 23–17, the Chiefs achieved their longest winning streak in franchise history at ten games. They qualified for the playoffs, playing in the 2015 AFC Wild-Card playoff game, held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on January 9, 2016. The Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 30–0 to earn their first NFL playoff win in 23 seasons, dating back to the 1993–94 NFL playoffs, a win that also came in Houston. The Chiefs' Wild-Card playoff victory ended what was at the time the third-longest drought in the NFL, and it also ended a then NFL record eight-game playoff losing streak. [70] Riddled with injuries, they were defeated by the New England Patriots 27–20 in the AFC Divisional Round.

After facing a 24–3 deficit with six minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Chiefs engineered a 33–27 comeback win against the San Diego Chargers ending with a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Smith in overtime to give the Chiefs their largest regular season comeback to start the season at 1–0.

On Christmas Day, the Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos 33–10 to give Kansas City their tenth straight win against divisional opponents.

On January 1, 2017, the Chiefs clinched the AFC West and the second seed going into the playoffs that year. They clinched the 2nd seed in the AFC but fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 as Chris Boswell hit 6 field goals.

The Chiefs finished the year with a 10–6 record, and won the AFC West. This was the first time in Chiefs history to win the AFC West in back to back years. [71] In the Wild Card round the Chiefs lost a tight game to the Tennessee Titans 22-21, allowing Derrick Henry to rush for 156 yards. The loss extended their NFL record for most consecutive home playoff losses to six. [72] The game marked the end of Alex Smith's five-year tenure with the Chiefs, as he was traded to the Washington Redskins a few weeks later.

Patrick Mahomes becomes starting quarterback

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Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs starting quarterback since 2018

The Chiefs began the 2018 season with first-year starter Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback and finished the regular season with a record of 12–4, clinching the AFC West for the third year in a row and the AFC's top seed. This included victories over division rivals Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos (twice), along with important conference victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Their first loss of the season came at the hands of the New England Patriots with a last-second field goal. In their second loss of the season against the Los Angeles Rams 51-54, the Kansas City Chiefs made history by becoming the first NFL team to lose a game after scoring more than fifty points. Mahomes finished the season with 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, both team records. He became the 11th quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards and the 3rd to throw for 50 touchdowns. He joined Peyton Manning as only the 2nd player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. For his performance during the season, he was named AP NFL MVP, the first Chief to win the award.

On January 12, 2019, the Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-13 in the AFC Divisional round to move on to the AFC Championship Game. This marked the Chiefs' first playoff win in Arrowhead Stadium in 25 years. This also enabled the Chiefs to host the AFC Championship Game for the first time ever.

Kansas City's bid for its first Super Bowl berth in 49 years ended with a 37-31 overtime loss to the New England Patriots on January 20, 2019. The Patriots won their ninth AFC championship under coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady to advance to Super Bowl LIII vs. the Rams.

Logos and uniforms

When the Texans began playing in 1960, the team's logo consisted of the state of Texas in white with a yellow star marking the location of the city of Dallas. Originally, Hunt chose Columbia blue and orange for the Texans' uniforms, but Bud Adams chose Columbia blue and scarlet for his Houston Oilers franchise. [2] Hunt reverted to red and gold for the Texans' uniforms, which even after the team relocated to Kansas City, remain as the franchise's colors to this day. [2]

The state of Texas on the team's helmet was replaced by an arrowhead design originally sketched by Lamar Hunt on a napkin. [2] Hunt's inspiration for the interlocking "KC" design was the "SF" inside of an oval on the San Francisco 49ers helmets. [2] Unlike the 49ers' logo, Kansas City's overlapping initials appear inside a white arrowhead instead of an oval and are surrounded by a thin black outline. [2] From 1960 to 1973, the Chiefs had grey facemask bars on their helmets, but changed to white bars in 1974, making them one of the first teams in the NFL to use a non-gray facemask. [2]

The Chiefs' uniform design has essentially remained the same throughout the club's history. [2] It consists of a red helmet, and either red or white jerseys with the opposite color numbers and names. [2] White pants were used with both jerseys from 1960 to 1967 and 1989 to 1999. [2] Beginning in 2009, during the Pioli/Haley era, the team has alternated between white and red pants for road games during the season. Prior to September 15, 2013, the Chiefs always wore white pants with their red jerseys. The Chiefs have never worn an alternate jersey in a game, although custom jerseys are sold for retail.

The Chiefs wore their white jerseys with white pants at home for the 2006 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. The logic behind the uniform selection that day was that the Bengals would be forced to wear their black uniforms on a day that forecasted for steamy temperatures. [73] The only other time the Chiefs wore white at home was throughout the 1980 season under Marv Levy.

In 2007, the Kansas City Chiefs honored Lamar Hunt and the AFL with a special patch. [74] It features the AFL's logo from the 1960s with Hunt's "LH" initials inside the football. [74] In 2008, the patch became permanently affixed to the left chest of both Kansas City's home and away jerseys. [74]

In select games for the 2009 season, the Chiefs, as well as the other founding teams of the American Football League, wore "throwback" uniforms to celebrate the AFL's 50th anniversary. [75]

For the first time in team history, the Chiefs wore their red jersey with red pants forming an all red combo in their home opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 15, 2013. Their all red uniforms are now an official uniform combination and has been used multiple times since. It is commonly used for prime time games at home.

Arrowhead Stadium

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Arrowhead Stadium upon completion of renovations, July 2010

Arrowhead Stadium has been the Chiefs' home field since 1972 and has a capacity of 76,416, [76] which makes it the sixth-largest stadium in the NFL. The stadium underwent a $375 million renovation, completed in mid-2010, which included new luxury boxes, wider concourses and enhanced amenities. [5] [58] The stadium renovation was paid for by $250 million in taxpayer money and $125 million from the Hunt Family. [62] The stadium cost $53 million to build in 1972, and an average ticket in 2009 costs $81. [5] Centerplate serves as the stadium's concession provider and Sprint, Anheuser-Busch and Coca-Cola are major corporate sponsors. [5]

Dating back to the Chiefs' home opener in 1991 to mid-2009, the Chiefs had 155 consecutive sellout games. [5] The streak ended with the final home game of the 2009 season against the Cleveland Browns, resulting in the first local TV blackout in over 19 years. [77] Arrowhead has been called one of the world's finest stadiums [6] and has long held a reputation for being one of the toughest and loudest outdoor stadiums for opposing players to play in. [58] [78] [79] [80] All noise is directly attributed to its fans [81] and was once measured at 116 decibels by the Acoustical Design Group of Mission, Kansas. [82] By way of comparison, take-off of aircraft may lead to a sound level of 106 decibels at the ground. [82] Sports Illustrated named Arrowhead Stadium the "toughest place to play" for opposing teams in 2005. [83] The tailgate party environment outside the stadium on gameday has been compared to a "college football" atmosphere. [84] Arrowhead Stadium features frequent fly-overs from a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber from nearby Whiteman Air Force Base. Since the 1994 NFL season, the stadium has had a natural grass playing surface. [85] From 1972 to 1993, the stadium had an artificial AstroTurf surface. [85]

During the game against the Oakland Raiders on October 13, 2013, Arrowhead Stadium once again became the loudest stadium in the world when the fans set the Guinness Book of World Records record for loudest crowd in an outdoor stadium (137.5 dB), breaking the record set by the Seattle Seahawks just four weeks prior. A few weeks after, Seattle re-gained the record by reaching a noise level of 137.6 decibels. [86] [87] Chiefs fans have reclaimed the record once again; on September 29, 2014, on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots, the fans recorded a sound reading of 142.2 decibels. [88]

Training camp and practice facility

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Summer camp at Spratt Stadium at Missouri Western

When the franchise was based in Dallas, the team conducted their inaugural training camp at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. [10] They moved camp to Southern Methodist University, owner Lamar Hunt's alma mater, for 1961 and continued to practice there until 1965. [10] From 1966 to 1971, the Chiefs practiced in Swope Park in Kansas City, [89] and from 1972 to 1991 held camp at William Jewell College in Clay County, Missouri–where Lamar Hunt had extensive business dealings including Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun and SubTropolis. [28]

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Chiefs Practice Facility near Arrowhead Stadium

From 1992 to 2009 the Chiefs conducted summer training camp at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin. [90] The Chiefs' 2007 training camp was documented in the HBO/NFL Films documentary reality television series, Hard Knocks . [91] Following the passage of a $25 million state tax credit proposal, the Chiefs moved their training camp to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 2010. [92] The bulk of the tax credits went for improvements to Arrowhead Stadium with $10 million applied to the move to Missouri Western. [93] A climate-controlled, 120-yard NFL regulation grass indoor field, and office space for the Chiefs was constructed at Missouri Western adjacent to the school's Spratt Stadium before the 2010 season. [94]

Outside of training camp and during the regular season, the Chiefs conduct practices at their own training facility nearby Arrowhead Stadium. The facility is located near the Raytown Road entrance to the Truman Sports Complex just east of Interstate 435 and features three outdoor fields (two grass and one artificial turf) as well as an indoor facility with its own full-size field.

Mascots and cheerleaders

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K. C. Wolf, the Chiefs' mascot since 1989

The Chiefs' first mascot was Warpaint, a nickname given to several different breeds of pinto horse. Warpaint served as the team's mascot from 1963 to 1988. [9] [95] [96] The first Warpaint (born in 1955, died in 1992) was ridden bareback by rider Bob Johnson who wore a full Native American headdress. [9] [95] Warpaint circled the field at the beginning of each Chiefs home game and performed victory laps following each Chiefs touchdown. [9] [95] On September 20, 2009, a new Warpaint horse was unveiled at the Chiefs' home opener which was won by Oakland Raiders. [97] Warpaint is now ridden by a cheerleader, Susie. [98]

In the mid-1980s, the Chiefs featured a short-lived unnamed "Indian man" mascot which was later scrapped in 1988. [95] Since 1989 the cartoon-like K. C. Wolf, portrayed by Dan Meers in a wolf costume, has served as the team's mascot. [9] [99] The mascot was named after the Chiefs' "Wolfpack", a group of rabid fans from the team's days at Municipal Stadium. [95] K. C. Wolf is one of the most popular NFL mascots and was the league's first mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006. [100]

The Chiefs have employed a cheerleading squad since the team's inception in 1960. [101] In the team's early days, the all-female squad was referred to as the Chiefettes. [102] In addition to the Cheerleaders, in the early 1970s, there was also a dance/drill team that performed for pre-game and halftime. From 1986 to 1992, the cheerleader squad featured a mix of men and women. [101] Since 1993, the all-female squad has been known as the Chiefs Cheerleaders. [95] [101] [102]

Notable players

Current roster

Kansas City Chiefs roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Restricted FAs

Rookies in italics

Roster updated April 3, 2019
Depth chartTransactions
69 Active, 0 Inactive, 1 FAs

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Retired numbers

Kansas City Chiefs retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionTenureRetired
3 Jan Stenerud K 1967–1979August 24, 1992
16 Len Dawson QB 1962–1975
18 Emmitt Thomas CB 1966–1978October 19, 2008
28 Abner Haynes RB 1960–1964
33 Stone Johnson 12 RB 1963September 8, 1963
36 Mack Lee Hill 2 RB 1964–1965
58 Derrick Thomas 2 LB 1989–1999December 6, 2009
63 Willie Lanier LB 1967–1977August 24, 1992
78 Bobby Bell LB 1963–19741984
86 Buck Buchanan DT 1963–1975August 24, 1992
1Never officially on a Chiefs season roster. His number was retired after his death in training camp in 1963.
2Number was posthumously retired.
Names in bold spent entire playing career with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs.
The number 37 has not been worn since the death of Joe Delaney.
Number 58 was not issued after the death of Derrick Thomas until it was officially retired in 2009.
The numbers 16 and 28 are the only numbers to have been worn by a single player (both Dawson and Haynes respectively).

Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees

Twenty-three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame spent at least some portion of their career with the Chiefs. Thirteen spent the majority of the career with the Chiefs. Ten of the Chiefs in the Hall of Fame were involved with the Chiefs during their Super Bowl Championship season of 1969. The Chiefs have 3 contributors, 2 coaches, and 18 players in the Hall of Fame. In addition, Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott had a contract with the Chiefs during the 1995 season, but only played for the Chiefs in the preseason and spent the regular season on injured reserve and is not recognized by the Hall of Fame as having played for the Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame enshrinees
Players
No.NamePositionTenureInducted
78 Bobby Bell 12 LB 196319741983
63 Willie Lanier 12 LB 196719771986
16 Len Dawson 23 QB 196319751987
86 Buck Buchanan 12 DT 196319751990
3 Jan Stenerud 123 K 196719791991
53 Mike Webster C 198919901997
19 Joe Montana QB 199319942000
32 Marcus Allen RB 199319972003
1 Warren Moon QB 199920002006
18 Emmitt Thomas 12 CB 196619782008
58 Derrick Thomas 4 LB 198919992009
77 Willie Roaf OT 200220052012
61 Curley Culp 123 DT 196819742013
68 Will Shields OG 199320062015
8 Morten Andersen K 200220032017
88 Tony Gonzalez 3 TE 1997–20082019
24 Ty Law CB 2006–20072019
42 Johnny Robinson 12 S 1960–19712019
Coaches and Contributors
NamePositionTenureInducted
Lamar Hunt Founder of franchise and American Football League196020061972
Marv Levy Head coach197819822001
Hank Stram 123Head coach196019742003
Bill Polian Contributor197819822015
Bobby Beathard Contributor1963, 1966–19672018
1Began career in the American Football League.
2Member of 1969 Super Bowl championship team
3Spent majority of their career with the Chiefs
4Posthumously inducted
Names in bold spent entire career with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs Hall of Fame

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Jan Stenerud's name was honored at Arrowhead Stadium's ring of honor

The Chiefs are one of 16 organizations that honor their players, coaches and contributors with a team Hall of Fame or Ring of Honor. [103] Established in 1970, the Chiefs Hall of Fame has inducted a new member in an annual ceremony with the exception of the 1983 season. [103] [104] Several of the names were featured at Arrowhead Stadium in the stadium's architecture prior to renovations in 2009. The requirements for induction are that a player, coach, or contributor must have been with the Chiefs for four seasons and been out of the NFL for four seasons at the time of induction. [103] There are some exceptions, such as Joe Delaney and Derrick Thomas, Delaney was with the team for only two seasons before his death, Thomas was inducted 1 year after his death in January 2000 (2 years after his final season). The Chiefs have the second-most enshrinees of any NFL team in their team Hall of Fame behind the Green Bay Packers, who have enshrined over 100 players and team contributors over the years in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. [103] Nineteen players and the coach of the Super Bowl IV championship team have been inducted into the ring of honor.

Chiefs Hall of Fame
InductedNo.PlayerPositionTenure
1970 Lamar Hunt Team founder/Owner1960–2006
197136 Mack Lee Hill RB1964–1965
197275 Jerry Mays DT1961–1970
197384 Fred Arbanas TE1962–1970
197442 Johnny Robinson S1960–1971
197588 Chris Burford WR1960–1967
197655 E.J. Holub C/LB1961–1970
197777 Jim Tyrer OT1961–1973
197821 Mike Garrett RB1966–1970
197916 Len Dawson QB1963–1975
198078 Bobby Bell LB1963–1974
198186 Buck Buchanan DT1963–1975
198289 Otis Taylor WR1965–1975
1983No induction
198471 Ed Budde G1963–1976
198563 Willie Lanier LB1967–1977
198618 Emmitt Thomas CB1966–1978
1987 Hank Stram Coach1960–1974
198844 Jerrel Wilson P1963–1977
198914 Ed Podolak RB1969–1977
199051 Jim Lynch LB1967–1977
199128 Abner Haynes RB1960–1964
19923 Jan Stenerud K1967–1979
199369 Sherrill Headrick LB1960–1967
199458 Jack Rudnay C1969–1982
199532 Curtis McClinton RB1962–1969
199620 Deron Cherry S1981–1991
199773 Dave Hill OT1963–1974
199867 Art Still DE1978–1987
199934 Lloyd Burruss S1981–1991
200035 Christian Okoye RB1987–1992
200158 Derrick Thomas LB1989–1999
200276 John Alt OT1984–1996
200359 Gary Spani LB1978–1986
200437 Joe Delaney RB1981–1982
2005 Jack Steadman President/GM1960–1989
200690 Neil Smith DE1988–1996
200729 Albert Lewis CB1983–1993
200861 Curley Culp DT1968–1974
20098 Nick Lowery K1980–1993
2010 Marty Schottenheimer Coach1989–1998
201131 Kevin Ross CB1984–1993, 1997
201268 Will Shields OG1993–2006
201326 Gary Barbaro S1976–1982
201431 Priest Holmes RB2001–2007
201524 Gary Green CB1977–1983
201649 Tony Richardson FB1995–2005
201788 Carlos Carson WR1980–1989
201888 Tony Gonzalez TE1997–2008

Head coaches

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Andy Reid (pictured in 2010), began his first season as the Chiefs' head coach in 2013

Thirteen head coaches have served the Texans/Chiefs franchise since their first season in 1960. Hank Stram, the team's first head coach, led the Chiefs to three AFL championship victories and two appearances in the Super Bowl. Stram was the team's longest-tenured head coach, holding the position from 1960 to 1974. [20] Marty Schottenheimer was hired in 1989 and led Kansas City to seven playoff appearances in his 10 seasons as head coach. [23] [28] Schottenheimer had the best winning percentage (.634) of all Chiefs coaches. [30] Gunther Cunningham was on the Chiefs' coaching staff in various positions from 1995 to 2008, serving as the team's head coach in between stints as the team's defensive coordinator. [31] [32] Dick Vermeil coached the team to a franchise-best 9–0 start in the 2003 season. [105] Of the ten Chiefs coaches, Hank Stram and Marv Levy have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Levy, however, is more well known for his time with the Buffalo Bills. [106] Herman Edwards served as the team's head coach from 2006 to 2008, compiling a 15–33 record and a franchise worst 6–26 record over a two-year span. [59] [60] [107] [108] Todd Haley compiled a 19–26 record with the team from 2009–2011, including an AFC West division title in 2010. [61] Haley was fired with three games left in the 2011 season. Romeo Crennel was named interim coach, and was promoted to full-time coach in January 2012. Crennel was fired on Monday, December 31, 2012, after finishing the 2012 season with a 2–14 record. On January 5, 2013, the Chiefs hired Andy Reid to be their next head coach. In Reid's tenure, the Chiefs have been consistent contenders, making the playoffs in 5 of his 6 seasons as head coach, winning the division three times.

Ownership and administration

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Chairman of the Board and co-owner Clark Hunt

The franchise was founded in 1959 by Lamar Hunt after a failed attempt by Hunt to purchase an NFL franchise and relocate them to Texas. [109] Hunt remained the team's owner until his death in 2006. [109] The Hunt family kept ownership of the team following Lamar's death and Clark Hunt, Lamar's son, represents the family's interests. [5] While Hunt's official title is CEO and Chairman of the Board, he represents the team at all owner meetings. [110] [111] In 2010, Hunt assumed role as CEO alongside his role as Chairman of the Board. [112] According to Forbes , the team is valued at $2.4 billion and ranks 24th among NFL teams in 2017. [5]

Owner Lamar Hunt served as the team's president from 1960 to 1976. Because of Lamar Hunt's contributions to the NFL, the AFC Championship trophy is named after him. [113] He promoted general manager Jack Steadman to become the team's president in 1977. [113] Steadman held the job until Carl Peterson was hired by Hunt in 1988 to replace him. [113] Peterson resigned the title as team president in 2008. [114] Denny Thum became the team's interim president following Peterson's departure and was officially given the full position in May 2009. [114] [115] Thum resigned from his position on September 14, 2010. [112]

Don Rossi served as the team's general manager for half of the 1960 season, resigning in November 1960. [10] Jack Steadman assumed duties from Rossi and served in the position until 1976. [10] [20] [113] Steadman was promoted to team president in 1976 and despite being relieved of those duties in 1988, [113] he remained with the franchise until 2006 in various positions. [20] [23] Jim Schaaf took over for Steadman as general manager until being fired in December 1988. [23] Carl Peterson was hired in 1988 to serve as the team's general manager, chief executive officer and team president. [23] [113] Peterson remained in the position for 19 years until he announced his resignation from the team in 2008. [114] [116] Denny Thum served as interim general manager [114] until January 13, 2009, when the Chiefs named New England Patriots executive Scott Pioli the team's new general manager. [58] [117] Pioli was released in early January after the hiring of Andy Reid, and was replaced by John Dorsey. Pioli's record as the Chief's general manager was 23–41.

On June 22, 2017, it was announced that the Chiefs had fired Dorsey. [118] They hired Brett Veach as the new general manager on July 10, 2017. [119]

Staff

Kansas City Chiefs staff
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  • Statistical analysis coordinator – Mike Frazier
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  • Video assistant – Colin Clark
  • Video assistant – Josh Schmidt
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Radio and television

Kansas City Chiefs radio play-by-play announcers [120]
1960–1962 Charlie Jones
1963 Merle Harmon
1964–1970 Tom Hedrick
1971–1973 Dick Carlson
1974–1975 Ray Scott
1976 Al Wisk
1977Tom Hopkins
1978–1984 Wayne Larrivee
1985–1993 Kevin Harlan
1994– Mitch Holthus

Since 1989, KCFX, a.k.a. "101 The Fox", has broadcast all Chiefs games on FM radio under the moniker of The Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network. Since 1994, Mitch Holthus has served as play-by-play announcer and former Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson serves as color commentator. [120] Former Chiefs longsnapper Kendall Gammon serves as the field reporter. [120] Former Chiefs broadcaster Bob Gretz also contributes to the broadcasts. Starting in the 2016 season, Dawson will only serve as color commentator during home games, and Gammon will be color commentator during road games, with Dani Welniak assuming Gammon's sideline reporting role for away games. [121] The Chiefs and KCFX hold the distinction of being the longest FM radio broadcast partnering tenure in the NFL. [120] [122] The Chiefs Radio Network extends throughout the six-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, with 61 affiliate stations. [120] [122]

KCTV Channel 5 (CBS) broadcasts most Chiefs regular season games, with exceptions as following. KCTV also broadcasts all Chiefs pre-season games. WDAF Channel 4 (Fox) broadcasts games in which the Chiefs host an NFC opponent. KSHB Channel 41 (NBC) broadcasts all games in which the Chiefs play on NBC Sunday Night Football or NBC's NFL playoffs coverage. KMBC Channel 9 (ABC) has aired Monday Night Football games locally since 1970.

Prior to the 1994 season, WDAF was the primary station for the Chiefs as an NBC affiliate (they aired on KMBC when ABC had the AFL package through 1964), since NBC had the AFC package. The inter-conference home games aired on KCTV starting in 1973 (when the NFL allowed local telecasts of home games). After week one of the 1994 season, WDAF switched to Fox (which got the NFC package), and has aired the Chiefs' inter-conference home games since. The bulk of the team's games moved to KSHB through the end of the 1997 season. Since that time, they have aired on KCTV, save for the 2015 Week 17 game vs. the Oakland Raiders, which aired on WDAF when the NFL cross-flexed the game from CBS to FOX.

As of the 2015 preseason, the Chiefs preseason broadcasters were Paul Burmeister who serves as the play-by-play announcer, former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green serves as the color commentator, and KCChiefs.com insider B.J. Kissel is the sideline reporter.

Radio affiliates

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Map of radio affiliates.

Chiefs games are broadcast in Missouri and Kansas as well as parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, and South Dakota. [123] Stations in major cities are listed below.

CityCall signFrequency
Kansas City, Missouri KCFX 101.1 FM
Jefferson City, Missouri KBBM 100.1 FM
Springfield, Missouri KXUS 97.3 FM
KGMY 1400 AM
Joplin, Missouri / Pittsburg, Kansas KKOW 860 AM
Manhattan, Kansas KMAN 1350 AM
Salina, Kansas KINA 910 AM/94.5 FM
KSKG 99.9 FM
Topeka, Kansas KDVV 100.3 FM
Wichita, Kansas KNSS 98.7 FM
Emporia, Kansas KVOE-FM 101.7 FM
Des Moines, Iowa KBGG 1700 AM
Omaha, Nebraska KXSP 590 AM

Preseason game affiliates

Metro areaCall signAffiliation
Kansas City metro KCTV5 / KSMO CBS / MyTV
Columbia, Missouri
Jefferson City, Missouri
KMIZ / KQFX / KZOU ABC / FOX / MyTV
Des Moines, Iowa
Ames, Iowa
KDSM FOX
Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Springdale, Arkansas
Rogers, Arkansas
KNWA / KFTA NBC / FOX
Joplin, Missouri
Pittsburg, Kansas
KODE / KSNF ABC / NBC
Lincoln, Nebraska
Hastings, Nebraska
Kearney, Nebraska
KFXL / KHGI FOX / ABC
Ottumwa, Iowa
Kirksville, Missouri
KTVO / KTVO 3.2CBS / ABC
Springfield, Missouri KOLR / KOZL CBS / Indy
St. Joseph, Missouri KQTV ABC
Topeka, Kansas WIBW / EIBWCBS / MyTV
Tulsa, Oklahoma KOTV / KQCW CBS / CW
Wichita metro
Ensign, Kansas
Hays, Kansas
Goodland, Kansas
KWCH / KSCW-DT / KDCU CBS / CW / Univision

Culture

Fan base

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Arrowhead Stadium

The Chiefs boast one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. [77] [124] Kansas City is the sixth-smallest media market with an NFL team, but they have had the second-highest attendance average over the last decade. [81] Studies by Bizjournals in 2006 gave the Chiefs high marks for consistently drawing capacity crowds in both good seasons and bad. [125] The Chiefs averaged 77,300 fans per game from 1996 to 2006, second in the NFL behind the Washington Redskins. [125] The franchise has an official fan club called Chiefs Kingdom which gives members opportunities to ticket priority benefits and VIP treatment. [126] [127]

At the end of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before home games, many Chiefs fans intentionally yell out "CHIEFS!" rather than singing "brave" as the final word. [128] In 1996, general manager Carl Peterson said "We all look forward, not only at Arrowhead, but on the road, too, to when we get to that stanza of the National Anthem... Our players love it." [128] After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Chiefs fans refrained from doing so in honor of those who lost their lives in the tragedy and continued to do so for the remainder of the 2001 season. [129] At the Chiefs' September 23, 2001, home game against the New York Giants, fans gave the opposing Giants a standing ovation. [80]

After every Chiefs touchdown at home games, fans chant while pointing in the direction of the visiting team and fans, "We're gonna beat the hell outta you...you...you, you, you, you!" over the song "Rock and Roll Part 2." [130] The chant starts after the third "hey!" in the song. [130] The original version of the song by Gary Glitter was previously used until the NFL banned his music from its facilities in 2006 following the British rocker's conviction on sexual abuse charges in Vietnam. [130] A cover version of the song played by Tube Tops 2000 has been played since 2006 at every home game. [130]

Chiefs fans also carry on a tradition that began at Florida State University in the mid 1980s by using the Seminole WarChant as a rallying cry during key moments in their football games. [131] [132] Prior to each home game, a former Chiefs player, called the honorary drum leader, bangs on a drum with a large drum stick to start the Tomahawk chop. [133]

The Chiefs' fan base has expanded across the world like many other NFL teams. However, there is a Twitter account dedicated to Chiefs fans in the UK and has been recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs and is their official UK fan page. They have many dedicated fans writing articles and interviewing players of the team such as Tamba Hali. [134]

Arrowhead Stadium is also recognized by Guinness World Records as having the loudest outdoor stadium in the world. This was achieved on September 29, 2014 in a Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots when the crowd achieved a roar of 142.2 decibels [135] which is comparable to standing 100 feet from a jet engine, which even with short term exposure, can cause permanent damage. [136]

Tony DiPardo

From various periods between 1963 and the 2008 season, trumpeter Tony DiPardo and The T.D. Pack Band played live music at every Chiefs home game. [137] [138] The band was known as The Zing Band when the team was located at Municipal Stadium. DiPardo was honored by head coach Hank Stram in 1969 with a Super Bowl ring for the team's victory in Super Bowl IV. [137] When his health was declining, DiPardo took a leave of absence from the band from 1983 to 1988. [138] DiPardo's daughter took over as bandleader in 1989, by which time DiPardo returned to the band by popular demand. [138] [139] For the 2009 season, due to renovations at Arrowhead Stadium, the band did not return to perform at the stadium.

DiPardo died on January 27, 2011, at age 98. He had been hospitalized since December 2010 after suffering a brain aneurysm. [140]

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The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League, the 53rd overall and the first and only full season under head coach Romeo Crennel, who served as the interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season following Todd Haley's termination. The Chiefs failed to rebound from their 7–9 record in 2011, and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 12. Although sharing the same 2–14 record as the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record of the season, the Chiefs were statistically the worst team overall, and thereby "earned" the right to the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Perhaps the only bright moment for the Chiefs this season was rallying from a big 24–6 deficit against the New Orleans Saints during their season. The Chiefs went 0–12 against AFC opponents in 2012 and their only wins of the season were against NFC teams, against Carolina and New Orleans. In 2017, ESPN.com named the 2012 season the Chiefs worst season in franchise history.

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