Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
Current season
Established 1960
Play in and headquartered in Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Western Division (1960–1969)


Current uniform
Team colors Red, Gold


Mascot K. C. Wolf (1989–present)

Warpaint (1963–1988; 2009–present)

Owner(s) The Hunt Family
Chairman Clark Hunt
CEO Clark Hunt
President Mark Donovan
General manager Scott Pioli
Head coach Romeo Crennel
Team history
  • Dallas Texans (1960–1962)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1963–present)
League championships (2)†

Conference championships (0)
Division championships (8)

  • AFL West: 1962, 1966
  • AFC West: 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010
† – 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 (16)
  • AFL: 1962, 1966, 1968, 1969
  • NFL: 1971, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2010
Home fields
Team owner(s)
  • The Hunt Family (2006–present)

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. They joined the NFL during the AFL–NFL merger of 1970. The team is legally and corporately registered as Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Incorporated and according to Forbes is valued at just under USD 1 billion.[2]

From 1960 to 1969, the Chiefs were a successful franchise in the AFL, winning three league championships (in 1962, 1966 and 1969) and having an all-time AFL record of 92–50–5.[3] The Chiefs were the second AFL team (after the New York Jets) to defeat an NFL franchise 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. The Chiefs were the second team, after the Green Bay Packers, to appear in more than one Super Bowl; and, they were the first team to appear in the championship game in two different decades.


[edit] Franchise history

[edit] 1960–88

[edit] 1960s

In 1959 Lamar Hunt began discussions with other businessmen to establish a professional football league that would rival the National Football League.[3][4] 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.[4][5] After unsuccessful attempts to purchase and relocate the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals to his hometown of Dallas, Texas,[3][6] 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.[4] Hunt chose Stram after the offer was declined by Bud Wilkinson and Tom Landry.[4]

Len Dawson was the Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback.

The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL’s cross-town competition Dallas Cowboys for three seasons.[4] While the team averaged a league-best 24,500 at the Cotton Bowl, the Texans gained less attention due to the league’s relatively unknown existence.[4] In the franchise’s first two seasons, the team managed only a 14–14 record.[7] 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.[6][7] The game was broadcast nationally on ABC and the Texans defeated the Oilers 20–17 in double overtime.[6] The game lasted 77 minutes and 54 seconds, which still stands as the longest championship game in professional football history.[6]

Despite having a championship team in the Texans and a Cowboys team that managed only a 9–28–3 record in their first three seasons, the Dallas–Fort Worth media market could not sustain two professional football franchises.[6][8] Hunt became interested in moving the Texans to either Atlanta, Georgia or Miami, Florida for the 1963 season.[6] Mayor of Kansas City Harold Roe Bartle extended an invitation to Hunt to move the Texans to Missouri.[6][8][9] Bartle promised to triple the franchise’s season ticket sales and expand seats at Municipal Stadium to accommodate the team.[6][8][9]

Hunt agreed to [10]

The franchise became one of the strongest teams in the now thriving American Football League,[12] 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.

The Chiefs cruised to an 11–2–1 record in 1966, and defeated the defending AFL Champion [6]

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.[7] 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.[6] While getting plenty of help from the club’s defense, Dawson returned from the injury and led the Chiefs to Super Bowl IV.[6] Against the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings,[3] who were favored by 12½, the Chiefs dominated the game 23–7 to claim the team’s first Super Bowl championship.[6] Dawson was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after completing 12-of-17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, with 1 interception.[15] 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.[6] The Chiefs were placed in the American Football Conference‘s West Division.[7]

From 1960-1969, the Chiefs/Texans had won 87 games, most in AFL history.[16]

[edit] 1970s

In 1970, the Chiefs won only seven games in their first season in the NFL and missed the playoffs.[17]

In 1972, the Chiefs moved into the newly constructed Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex outside of Downtown Kansas City.[17] The team’s first game at Arrowhead was against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game which the Chiefs won 24–14.[17] Linebacker Willie Lanier and quarterback Len Dawson won the NFL Man of the Year Award in 1972 and 1973, respectively. 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.[17] 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.[17] From 1975 to 1988, the Chiefs had become a laughing stock of the NFL and provided Chiefs fans with nothing but futility.[18][19] Five head coaches struggled to achieve the same success as Stram, compiling an 81–121–1 record.[18]

[edit] 1980-1988

In 1981, running back [21]

The Chiefs made a mistake in drafting quarterback [20]


[edit] 1989–2008

On December 19, 1988, owner Lamar Hunt hired [25]

In Schottenheimer’s tenure as head coach (1989–1998), the Chiefs became a perennial playoff contender, featuring offensive players including [24] The Chiefs’ victory on January 14, 1994 against the Oilers remains the franchise’s last post-season victory to date.

In the [24] Denver went on to capture their 6th 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, and defensive coordinator [28]

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.[27] Vermeil previously led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.[28] 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.[28]

In 2003, Kansas City began the season with nine consecutive victories, a franchise record.[28] They finished the season with a 13–3 record and the team’s offense led the NFL in several categories.[28] 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.[28][29] The team clinched the second seed in the 2004 NFL playoffs and hosted the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.[28] In a game where neither team punted, the Chiefs lost the shoot-out 38–31.[28] It was the third time in nine seasons that the Chiefs went 8–0 at home in the regular season, and earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs, 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.[28]

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.[28]

Kansas City was awarded a [28]

By defeating the Jaguars on December 31, 2006, the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth after the Broncos lost later that evening.

Trent Green returned by the end of the season, but struggled in the final stretch,[28] The Indianapolis Colts hosted the Chiefs in the Wild Card playoffs and defeated Kansas City 23–8.

Larry Johnson in 2006.

In 2007, [7]

The Chiefs began their 2008 season with the youngest team in the NFL.[43]

Croyle returned for the Chiefs’ game against the Tennessee Titans, but both he and Damon Huard suffered season-ending injuries in the game.[46]

[edit] 2009–present

The Chiefs hosting the Matt Cassel is 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.[7][38][48] a 34–0 shut-out to the Carolina Panthers,[49] and allowed a franchise-high 54 points against the Buffalo Bills.[50] The team’s general manager, chief executive officer, and team president Carl Peterson resigned at the end of the season,[51] and former New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was hired as his replacement for 2009.[52] Upon his arrival, Pioli made an effort to bring in coaches and administrators from his successful past with the New England Patriots, where he won three Super Bowl titles.

On January 23, 2009 Herman Edwards was fired as head coach,[56] Haley had a background with Pioli, which made him an attractive hire for Pioli’s first coach in Kansas City.

In April 2009 [60] 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 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, who was predicted to go in the second or third round. This was one of the biggest shocks in the first round because of Baldwin’s character and Pioli’s strict self enforced rules on drafting players who have had a police record.[citation needed] For their 135th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Chiefs selected quarterback Ricky Stanzi from the Iowa Hawkeyes. 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.[61] 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.

On Saturday December 1, 2012, linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend then returned to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of his coach and GM.[62]

[edit] Season-by-season records

This is a partial list of the last five seasons (2006–2010) completed by the Chiefs. For the full season-by-season franchise results, see List of Kansas City Chiefs seasons.

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth

Record as of the end of the 2010 NFL season

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Post Season Results Awards
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2006 2006 NFL AFC West x 9 7 0 Lost Colts) 10–8
2007 2007 NFL AFC West 3rd 4 12 0 Dwayne Bowe (ROTW x2)
2008 2008 NFL AFC West x 2 14 0 Maurice Leggett Special Teams POW x1
2009 2009 NFL AFC West x 4 12 0 MOY)
2010 2010 NFL AFC West 1st 10 6 0 Lost Baltimore Ravens) 14-7 ROTW)
2011 2011 NFL AFC West 4th 7 9 0
Total 395 364 12 (1960–2010, includes only regular season)
8 13 0 (1960–2009, includes only playoffs)
403 377 12 (1960–2010, includes both regular season and playoffs; 3 AFL Championships, 1 Super Bowl Championship)

[edit] Logos and uniforms

Matt Cassel wearing the Chiefs’ all-white road uniform.

When the Texans began playing in 1960, the team’s logo consisted of the state of [63]

The state of Texas on the team’s helmet was replaced by an [63]

The Chiefs’ uniform design has essentially remained the same throughout the club’s history.[63] Beginning in 2009, during the Pioli/Haley era, the team has alternated between white and red pants for road games during the season. When the Chiefs wear their red uniforms, they always wear white pants. 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.[64] 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.[65]

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 and the 1962 Dallas Texans team that won the AFL Championship.[66]

[edit] Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium upon completion of renovations, July 2010.

Arrowhead Stadium has been the Chiefs’ home field since 1972 and has a capacity of 77,000,[2]

Dating back to the Chiefs’ home opener in 1991 to mid-2009, the Chiefs had 155 consecutive sellout games.[76]

[edit] Culture

[edit] Fan base

Arrowhead Stadium boasts one of the best homefield advantages in the NFL.

The Chiefs boast one of the most loyal fanbases in the NFL.[80]

At the end of “[82]

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 “[84]

[edit] Tony DiPardo

From various periods between 1963 to the 2008 season, [87] 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.[88]

[edit] Chiefs Rumble

The Kansas City Chiefs founded a team drumline for the 2010 season. The Chiefs Rumble play in the parking lot, in the stands of the stadium, and the pregame. It is directed by Matt Arnet.

[edit] Red Friday

Starting in 1994, the Friday before the Kansas City Chiefs home opening game as became to be known as “Red Friday”. On this day, Chiefs Fans everywhere will wear red in support of the Kansas City Chiefs. Also all over the city known as KC Star along with the Red Friday Magazine on street corners during the morning hours. The proceeds of the sell will go to local charities.

[edit] Radio and television

Kansas City Chiefs radio play-by-play announcers[89]
1960–1962 Charlie Jones
1963 Merle Harmon
1964–1970 Tom Hedrick
1971–1973 Dick Carlson
1974–1975 Ray Scott
1976 Al Wisk
1977 Tom 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.[89] Former Chiefs longsnapper Kendall Gammon serves as the field reporter.[89] Former Chiefs broadcaster Bob Gretz also contributes to the broadcasts.[89][90] KCFX holds broadcast rights to Chiefs games through the 2009 season.[89][90] The Chiefs and KCFX hold the distinction of being the longest FM radio broadcast partnering tenure in the NFL.[89][90] The Chiefs Radio Network extends throughout the six-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, with 61 affiliate stations.[89][90]

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 interconference 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’ interconference 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.

[edit] Radio affiliates

Chiefs games are broadcast in Missouri, Kansas, and five other states. [91] Stations in major cities are listed below.

City Call Sign Frequency
Kansas City, Missouri KCFX 101.1 MHz
Jefferson City, Missouri KBBM 100.1 MHz
Springfield, Missouri KXUS 97.3 MHz
Springfield, Missouri KGMY 1400 kHz
Joplin, Missouri KKOW 860 kHz
Topeka, Kansas KDVV 100.3 MHz
Wichita, Kansas KTHR 107.3 MHz
Des Moines, Iowa KBGG 1700 kHz
Omaha, Nebraska KXSP 590 kHz

[edit] Mascots and cheerleaders

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.[5][92][93] The first Warpaint (born in 1955, died in 1992) was ridden bareback by rider Bob Johnson who wore a full Native American headdress.[5][92] Warpaint circled the field at the beginning of each Chiefs home game and performed victory laps following each Chiefs touchdown.[5][92] On September 20, 2009 a new Warpaint horse was unveiled at the Chiefs’ home opener against the Oakland Raiders.[94]

In the mid-1980s, the Chiefs featured a short-lived unnamed “Indian man” mascot which was later scrapped in 1988.[92] Since 1989 the cartoon-like K. C. Wolf, portrayed by Dan Meers in a wolf costume, has served as the team’s mascot.[5][95] The mascot was named after the Chiefs’ “Wolfpack,” a group of rabid fans from the team’s days at Municipal Stadium.[92] 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.[96]

The Chiefs have employed a [98]

[edit] Training camp and practice facility

Summer camp at Spratt Stadium at Missouri Western

When the franchise was based in Dallas, the team conducted their inaugural [24]

Chiefs Practice Facility near Arrowhead Stadium.

From 1991 to 2009 the Chiefs conducted summer training camp at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin.[100] The Chiefs’ 2007 training camp was documented in the HBO/NFL Films documentary reality television series, Hard Knocks.[101] 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.[102] The bulk of the tax credits went for improvements to Arrowhead Stadium with $10 million applied to the move to Missouri Western.[103] 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.[104]

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.

[edit] Notable players

[edit] Current roster

Kansas City Chiefs roster


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

  • 80
  • 72
  • 61
  • 41
  • 49
  • 85
  • 83
  •  4

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated December 1, 2012
Depth ChartTransactions

53 Active, 8 Inactive, 8 Practice Squad

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[edit] Retired numbers

Kansas City Chiefs retired numbers
Player Position Tenure
3 Jan Stenerud K 1967-79
16 Len Dawson QB 1962-75
18 Emmitt Thomas CB 1966-78
28 Abner Haynes RB 1960-64
33 Stone Johnson 1 2 RB 1963
36 Mack Lee Hill 2 RB 1964-65
58 Derrick Thomas 2 LB 1989-99
63 Willie Lanier LB 1967-77
78 Bobby Bell LB 1963-74
86 Buck Buchanan DT 1963-75
1 Never officially on a Chiefs season roster. His number was retired after his death in training camp in 1963.
2 Number 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).

[edit] Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame enshrinees
Player Position Tenure Inducted
Lamar Hunt Founder of franchise and American Football League 1960-72 1972
78 Bobby Bell 1 2 LB 1963-74 1983
63 Willie Lanier 1 2 LB 1967-77 1986
16 Len Dawson 2 QB 1963-75 1987
86 Buck Buchanan 1 2 DT 1963-75 1990
3 Jan Stenerud 1 2 K 1967-79 1991
53 Mike Webster C 1989-90 1997
19 Joe Montana QB 1993-94 2000
Marv Levy Head coach 1978-82 2001
Hank Stram 1 2 Head coach 1960-74 2003
32 Marcus Allen RB 1993-97 2003
1 Warren Moon QB 1999-2000 2006
18 Emmitt Thomas 1 2 CB 1966–1978 2008
58 Derrick Thomas LB 1989-99 2009
1 Began career in the American Football League.
2 Member of Super Bowl championship team
Names in bold spent entire career with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs.

[edit] Chiefs Hall of Fame

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.[105] Established in 1970, the Chiefs Hall of Fame has inducted a new member in an annual ceremony with the exception of the 1983 season.[105][106] 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.[105] 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 years after his death in January 2000 (2 seasons 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.[105]

1970 Lamar Hunt, team founder and owner
1971 #36 Mack Lee Hill, Running back
1972 #75 Jerry Mays, Defensive tackle
1973 #84 Fred Arbanas, Tight end
1974 #42 Johnny Robinson, Safety
1975 #88 Chris Burford, Wide receiver
1976 #55 E.J. Holub, Center/Linebacker
1977 #77 Jim Tyrer, Offensive tackle
1978 #21 Mike Garrett, Running back
1979 #16 Len Dawson, Quarterback

1980 #78 Bobby Bell, Linebacker
1981 #86 Buck Buchanan, Defensive tackle
1982 #89 Otis Taylor, Wide receiver
1983 No induction
1984 #71 Ed Budde, Guard
1985 #63 Willie Lanier, Linebacker
1986 #18 Emmitt Thomas, Cornerback
1987 Hank Stram, Coach
1988 #44 Jerrel Wilson, Punter
1989 #14 Ed Podolak, Running back

1990 #51 Jim Lynch, Linebacker
1991 #28 Abner Haynes, Running back
1992 #3 Jan Stenerud, Kicker
1993 #69 Sherrill Headrick, Linebacker
1994 #58 Jack Rudnay, Center
1995 #32 Curtis McClinton, Running back
1996 #20 Deron Cherry, Safety
1997 #73 Dave Hill, Offensive tackle
1998 #67 Art Still, Defensive end
1999 #34 Lloyd Burruss, Safety

2000 #35 Christian Okoye, Running back
2001 #58 Derrick Thomas, Linebacker
2002 #76 John Alt, Offensive tackle
2003 #59 Gary Spani, Linebacker
2004 #37 Joe Delaney, Running back
2005 Jack Steadman, team administrator
2006 #90 Neil Smith, Defensive end
2007 #29 Albert Lewis, Cornerback
2008 #61 Curley Culp, Defensive tackle
2009 #8 Nick Lowery, Kicker

2010 Marty Schottenheimer, Coach
2011 #31 Kevin Ross, Cornerback
2012 #68 Will Shields, Offensive guard

[edit] Head coaches

Todd Haley served as the team’s head coach from 2009–2011.

Eleven 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.[17] Marty Schottenheimer was hired in 1989 and led Kansas City to seven playoff appearances in his ten seasons as head coach.[20][24] Schottenheimer had the best winning percentage (.634) of all Chiefs coaches.[26] 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.[27][28] Dick Vermeil coached the team to a franchise-best 9–0 start in the 2003 season.[107] Of the ten Chiefs coaches, Hank Stram and Marv Levy have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[108] 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.[53][54][109][110] Todd Haley compiled a 19-26 record with the team from 2009–2011, including the 2010 AFC West division title.[55] The current head coach for the Chiefs is Romeo Crennel, a position he has held since Week 15 of the 2011 season, though it was originally on interim basis, he was named full-time head coach at the end of the season.

[edit] Ownership and administration

Chairman of the Board 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.[111] Hunt purchased the team for $25,000 in 1960.[2] Hunt remained the team’s owner until his death in 2006.[111] The Hunt family kept ownership of the team following Lamar’s death and Clark Hunt, Lamar’s son, represents the family’s interests.[1][2][56][112] While Hunt’s official title is Chairman of the Board, he serves as the franchise’s de facto owner.[1][112] In 2010, Hunt assumed role as CEO alongside his role as Chairman of the Board.[113] According to Forbes, the team is valued at just under $1 billion and ranks 20th among NFL teams in 2010.[2]

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.[114] He promoted general manager Jack Steadman to become the team’s president in 1977.[114] Steadman held the job until Carl Peterson was hired by Hunt in 1988 to replace him.[114] Peterson resigned the title as team president in 2008.[115] Denny Thum became the team’s interim president following Peterson’s departure and was officially given the full position in May 2009.[115][116] Thum resigned from his position on September 14, 2010.[113]

Don Rossi served as the team’s general manager for half of the 1960 season, resigning in November 1960.[6] Jack Steadman assumed duties from Rossi and served in the position until 1976.[6][17][114] Steadman was promoted to team president in 1976 and despite being relieved of those duties in 1988,[114] he remained with the franchise until 2006 in various positions.[17][20] Jim Schaaf took over for Steadman as general manager until being fired in December 1988.[20] Carl Peterson was hired in 1988 to serve as the team’s general manager, chief executive officer and team president.[20][114] Peterson remained in the position for 19 years until he announced his resignation from the team in 2008.[115][117] Denny Thum served as interim general manager[115] until January 13, 2009 when the Chiefs named New England Patriots executive Scott Pioli the team’s new general manager.[52][118]

[edit] Current staff

Kansas City Chiefs staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

References: “Coaching Staff”, Kansas City Chiefs web site. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
References: “Front Office and Staff”, Kansas City Chiefs web site. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
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[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080610031039/http://www.kcchiefs.com/front_office/clark_hunt/. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  2. ^ http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/30/football-valuations-10_Kansas-City-Chiefs_309072.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  3. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/history/team.jsp?franchise_id=16. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080822131927/http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  5. ^ e Althaus, p. 35
  6. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080609053609/http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  7. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/kan/. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080219105414/http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2008/02/08/kuhbander_this_week_in_chiefs_history34/. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  9. ^ d Gruver, p. 103
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  11. ^ c Maske, p. 325
  12. ^ Rex W. Huppke (2007-01-30). “Legends of the Bowl”. Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-0701300052jan30,1,233400.story?track=rss&ctrack=1&cset=true. Retrieved 2007-01-31. “Lamar Hunt, who died in December, coined the term Super Bowl in the late 1960s after watching his kids play with a Super Ball, the bouncy creation of iconic toy manufacturer Wham-O.”
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[edit] Further reading

  • Althaus, Bill (2007), The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Kansas City Chiefs: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments in Kansas City Chiefs History, Triumph Books, ISBN 1-57243-928-9
  • Gruver, Ed (1997), The American Football League: A Year-by-year History, 1960–1969, McFarland Publishing, ISBN 0-7864-0399-3
  • Herb, Patrick; Kuhbander, Brad; Looney, Josh et al., eds. (2008), 2008 Kansas City Chiefs Media Guide, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc.
  • Hoskins, Alan (1999), Warpaths: The Illustrated History of the Kansas City Chiefs, Taylor Publishing Company, ISBN 0-87833-156-5
  • Maske, Mark (2007), War Without Death: A Year of Extreme Competition in Pro Football’s NFC East, Penguin Group, ISBN 1-59420-141-2
  • McKenzie, Michael (1997), Arrowhead: Home of the Chiefs, Addax Publishing Group, ISBN 1-886110-11-5
  • Peterson, John E. (2003), The Kansas City Athletics: A Baseball History, 1954–1967, McFarland, ISBN 0-7864-1610-6
  • Stallard, Mark (2004), Kansas City Chiefs Encyclopedia (2nd ed.), Sports Publishing, LLC, ISBN 1-58261-834-8

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