Kansas City Chiefs

Conference AFC
Division West
Founded 1960
Home Field Arrowhead Stadium
City Kansas City, Missouri
Colors Red, white and gold
Head Coach Dick Vermeil
All-Time Record (W-L-T)
(At Start of 2005 Season)
364-320-12

The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Franchise Founded: 1959
First Season: 1960 (charter American Football League member; joined NFL in 1970 league merger)
Formerly known as: Dallas Texans, 1960-62, then moved to Kansas City (1963-).
Home field: Arrowhead Stadium
Previous home fields:
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX (1960-1962)
Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, MO (1963-1971)
Uniform colors: Red, White, and Gold
Helmet design: Red helmet with white arrowhead bearing initials K.C.
League championships won: AFL 1962, 1966, 1969
AFC West Championships: 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003
AFC Championships: None
Super Bowl appearances: I (lost), IV (won)
Current President: Carl Peterson (he is also the General Manager and CEO) [2003]
Current Head coach: Dick Vermeil [2003]

Franchise history

AFL logo Dallas Texans logo (1960-1962)

The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe Bartle. Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."[1 (http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/)]

The Texans/Chiefs franchise was the flagship team of the American Football League, with the most playoff appearances as an AFL team, six (tied with Oakland), the most American Football League Championships (3), and the most Super Bowl appearances, playing in the first Super Bowl, and in the last to be played between League champions. The Texans won the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers, 20 - 17, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. The Chiefs dropped the first Super Bowl to the Packers, then pulverized the Vikings 23 - 7 in the final "true" AFL-NFL World Championsip game after the AFL's last season in 1969. They have the largest presence in the American Football League Hall of Fame, with 24 representatives, and they had just one coach throughout their AFL history, Hall-of-Famer Hank Stram.

The Kansas City Chiefs' (under Dallas Texans name) first stadium was at 22nd and Brooklyn, called "Municipal Stadium". Municipal Stadium opened in 1923 and had 49,002 seats. In 1971, Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of the new Arrowhead Stadium. Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976; it is now a community garden. The Chiefs' first game at Arrowhead Stadium was against the St. Louis Cardinals (Chiefs 24, St. Louis Cardinals 14).

As the Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram, the team played in the first Super Bowl, losing 35-10 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. They earned revenge three years later, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969. The Chiefs had only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986. They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years.

In 1989, Carl Peterson became the team's new President and General Manager. Peterson hired Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach. Marty Schottenheimer helped establish six straight playoff appearances, three AFC West championships, nine winning seasons, and 76 consecutive soldout games at Arrowhead. Since 1992, no NFL team has a better regular season home winning percentage than Kansas City (27-5 (.844) record).

After going from 13-3 in 1997 and losing the playoff game to the Denver Broncos (10-14), the Chiefs fell to 7-9 in 1998. Marty Schottenheimer took much of the blame for his failed attempts at clock control (also nicknamed Martyball by his critics). He was also in the midst of a quarterback controversy.

In 1997, he started with Elvis Grbac as quarterback. After a loss to Denver, Grbac was injured and Rich Gannon took over. After going 13-2 during the season, Gannon was replaced by Grbac in the playoff game against Denver. The choice to play Grbac over Gannon made many fans angry with Schottenheimer. The following losing seaon with Grbac at quarterback did not help.

Schottenheimer left as head coach, replaced by his defensive coach Gunther Cunningham. In two years, Cunningham showed little improvement, going 9-7 and 7-9. After the loss of Derrick Thomas, the collapse of the defense was unmistakable. The Chiefs' wins were mostly made by a high scoring offense rather than a powerful defense.

After coaching the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and retiring, Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 2001 with the statement that it takes three years to get a team ready for the Super Bowl. He immediately dropped Elvis Grbac, replacing him with his primary pick for the Rams' quartback, Trent Green. Another notable replacement was Priest Holmes at running back. Three years later, the Chiefs went 13-3 in 2003 and set many records along the way. However, the season sputtered by November and the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. As with the loss to the Broncos in the 1997 season, this loss led to a poor following season.

In 2004 Gunther Cunningham was brought back as the defensive coach. However, the defense showed little improvement. The offense, unable to record the same high scores as the previous year, was unable to bring in the wins as they had the previous year.

Team records

The following are team and league records. They may have been surpassed between the time of making the record and the current date. Records are listed in chronological order.

League Records

Franchise Records

Players of note

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Items are listed as Player Name (date inducted; years played as a chief) Short Bio. Names are in italics for players who made a majority of their contributions with another team.

Retired numbers

Chiefs Hall of Fame

External Link: Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (http://www.kcchiefs.com/halloffame/)

Current players

Not to be forgotten

Historical


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External Link: Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (http://www.kcchiefs.com/halloffame/). See also AZON. Names are in italics for players who made a majority of their contributions with another team. The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Items are listed as Player Name (date inducted; years played as a chief) Short Bio. At about the same time a new release of the film finally gave them proper screen credit. Records are listed in chronological order. Only in 1984 did the Academy rectify the situation by awarding the Oscar to Foreman and Wilson retrospectively (and posthumously in both cases, although Foreman did live long enough to know that it was going to happen).

They may have been surpassed between the time of making the record and the current date. Pierre Boulle, who did not speak English, was given screen credit for adapting his own novel, and the Oscar was awarded to him. The following are team and league records.
The screenwriters, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, were on the Hollywood blacklist and could only work secretly. The offense, unable to record the same high scores as the previous year, was unable to bring in the wins as they had the previous year.
Award nominations:. However, the defense showed little improvement.
Award wins:.

In 2004 Gunther Cunningham was brought back as the defensive coach. One memorable feature of the movie is the tune that is whistled by the POW's—the "Colonel Bogey March"—and is now widely associated with the movie, and even sometimes referred to as the "River Kwai March." Besides serving as an example of British fortitude and dignity in the face of privation, it suggested (whether or not intended by the screenwriters) a specific symbol of defiance to many movie-goers of the period: WW II veterans (and many of their baby-boom sons) thought of the tune as that of a mockery of Japan's principal ally. As with the loss to the Broncos in the 1997 season, this loss led to a poor following season. (Buster Keaton's The General includes an almost identical scene.). However, the season sputtered by November and the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. The destruction of the bridge in the film was accomplished by blowing up a full-sized bridge as a real train drove over it. This may have been the first time such a scene had been attempted without model shots since the silent film era. Three years later, the Chiefs went 13-3 in 2003 and set many records along the way. The steel bridge has been repaired and is still in use.

Another notable replacement was Priest Holmes at running back. In reality, a parallel steel bridge was added a few months after the wooden bridge was completed, and both were destroyed by Allied aerial bombing, the steel bridge first. He immediately dropped Elvis Grbac, replacing him with his primary pick for the Rams' quartback, Trent Green.
The plot of the film is built around a fictional destruction of the wooden bridge by prisoner sabotage. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and retiring, Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 2001 with the statement that it takes three years to get a team ready for the Super Bowl.
. After coaching the St. About a hundred thousand conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 prisoners of war died on the whole project, which was nicknamed the Death Railway.

The Chiefs' wins were mostly made by a high scoring offense rather than a powerful defense. This was part of a project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. After the loss of Derrick Thomas, the collapse of the defense was unmistakable. The story is based on a real event, the building in 1942 of a railway bridge over the Mae Klong (not the Kwai) in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi. In two years, Cunningham showed little improvement, going 9-7 and 7-9. It was filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and England. Schottenheimer left as head coach, replaced by his defensive coach Gunther Cunningham. An Anglo-American film in English based on the book appeared in 1957 and the name was changed slightly, to The Bridge on the River Kwai. The film portrays a group of British captives in a Japanese POW camp forced to build a railway bridge spanning the River Kwai in Thailand.

The following losing seaon with Grbac at quarterback did not help.
Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai (The Bridge over the River Kwai) is a novel by Pierre Boulle, published in 1954, that won France's "Prix Ste Beuve." It dramatizes the plight of Allied prisoners of war during World War II forced to build the 258-mile Death Railway by Japanese forces. The choice to play Grbac over Gannon made many fans angry with Schottenheimer. Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album, Dramatic Picture Score or Original Cast (Malcolm Arnold). After going 13-2 during the season, Gannon was replaced by Grbac in the playoff game against Denver. Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Sessue Hayakawa). After a loss to Denver, Grbac was injured and Rich Gannon took over. Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sessue Hayakawa).

In 1997, he started with Elvis Grbac as quarterback. Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay - Pierre Boulle - Carl Foreman - Michael Wilson. He was also in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Academy Award for Original Music Score - Malcolm Arnold. Marty Schottenheimer took much of the blame for his failed attempts at clock control (also nicknamed Martyball by his critics). Academy Award for Film Editing - Peter Taylor. After going from 13-3 in 1997 and losing the playoff game to the Denver Broncos (10-14), the Chiefs fell to 7-9 in 1998. Academy Award for Best Cinematography - Jack Hildyard.

Since 1992, no NFL team has a better regular season home winning percentage than Kansas City (27-5 (.844) record). New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor (Alec Guinness). Marty Schottenheimer helped establish six straight playoff appearances, three AFC West championships, nine winning seasons, and 76 consecutive soldout games at Arrowhead. Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama (Alec Guinness). Peterson hired Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach. Academy Award for Best Actor (Alec Guinness). In 1989, Carl Peterson became the team's new President and General Manager. New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Director (David Lean).

They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years. Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture (David Lean). The Chiefs had only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986. Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (David Lean, Assistants: Gus Agosti & Ted Sturgis). The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969. Academy Award for Directing (David Lean). They earned revenge three years later, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film.

As the Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram, the team played in the first Super Bowl, losing 35-10 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Louis Cardinals 14). BAFTA Award for Best Picture. Louis Cardinals (Chiefs 24, St. Academy Award for Best Picture. The Chiefs' first game at Arrowhead Stadium was against the St. M.R.B. Chakrabandhu  : Yai.

Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976; it is now a community garden. Miura. In 1971, Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of the new Arrowhead Stadium. Keiichiro Katsumoto  : Lt. The Kansas City Chiefs' (under Dallas Texans name) first stadium was at 22nd and Brooklyn, called "Municipal Stadium". Municipal Stadium opened in 1923 and had 49,002 seats. Kanematsu. They have the largest presence in the American Football League Hall of Fame, with 24 representatives, and they had just one coach throughout their AFL history, Hall-of-Famer Hank Stram. Heihachiro Okawa  : Capt.

The Chiefs dropped the first Super Bowl to the Packers, then pulverized the Vikings 23 - 7 in the final "true" AFL-NFL World Championsip game after the AFL's last season in 1969. Ann Sears  : Nurse at Ceylon hospital. The Texans won the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers, 20 - 17, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. Baker. The Texans/Chiefs franchise was the flagship team of the American Football League, with the most playoff appearances as an AFL team, six (tied with Oakland), the most American Football League Championships (3), and the most Super Bowl appearances, playing in the first Super Bowl, and in the last to be played between League champions. Harold Goodwin  : Pvt. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."[1 (http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/)]. Percy Herbert  : Pvt. Grogan.

Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. John Boxer  : Maj. Hughes. Roe Bartle. Green. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. André Morell  : Col. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. Reeves.

The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. Peter Williams  : Capt. The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. Geoffrey Horne  : Lt. Joyce. The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Clipton. Jack Steadman (General Manager). James Donald  : Maj.

Lloyd Burruss. Warden. Tony Reed. Jack Hawkins  : Maj. Smith. William Holden  : Shears. T. Saito.

J. Sessue Hayakawa  : Col. Gary Barbaro. Alec Guinness  : Colonel Nicholson. Jerrell Wilson (Punter 1963-77; Chiefs Hall of Fame 1987, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Tyrer is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.).

Jim Tyrer (Tackle 1969 Super Bowl IV Champion; 6-foot-6, 270 pound Tackle would take on two defensive linemen at once. Died shortly after a car accident in 2000). Derrick Thomas (school record with 52 quarterback sacks and 74 tackles behind the line of scrimmage; Finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting; Kansas City Chief for eleven years; team career records: 119.5 sacks, 3 safeties and 18 fumble recoveries. Otis Taylor (46-yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl IV, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.).

5, 1980].). Oakland [Oct. Art Still (Career Sacks, 72.5, 1978-87; Season Sacks, 14.5 1980 and 1984; Game Sacks, 4.0 : vs. A member of the All-time All-AFL team, one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.).

Johnny Robinson (In Super Bowl IV, helped defeat the Vikings, 23-7, picking off a Joe Kapp pass). Christian Okoye (Nigerian; omitted from his Country's Olympic team in track and field; drafted in 1987 by the Chiefs in the second round; Chiefs rushing records, including total yards in a season, attempts in a season, touchdowns in a season, attempts in a single game, 100-yard games in a season, and was the first Chiefs running back to rush for 1,000 yards for more than one season.). Curtis McClinton (scored a touchdown in Super Bowl I). Bill Maas.

Also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Oilers, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Ernie Ladd (Defensive tackle; 1967-1968. Bobby Hunt (1962 [Dallas Texans] - 1967 [Kansas City Chiefs]; Defensive Back, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Holub (started the first world championship game between the AFL and NFL (before it was called the Super Bowl) at linebacker and started Super Bowl IV, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.).

E.J. Headrick played the entire game and the next game. Headrick is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Sherrill "Psycho" Headrick (Texan and Chief linebacker that withstood pain and injury when he played with a fractured neck vertebrae. All-time AFL leader in all-purpose yards with 12,065, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.).

Abner Haynes (1960 Rookie of the Year and MVP. In June 29, 1983, Joe drowned attempting to rescue two boys from a rain-swollen pit shortly after rescuing one other; posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal and the NCAA Award of Valor.) 37Forever.org (http://www.37forever.org) was formed to teach KC area kids how to swim in honor of the valor that Joe Delaney demonstrated. Joe Delaney (Running back 1981-82, Rookie of the Year 1981, Pro Bowl 1981, College Football Hall of Fame 1997, Chiefs Hall of Fame 2004. Deron Cherry (50 interceptions; 15 career fumble recoveries; Byron White Humanitarian Award for service to his team, community, and country).

Chris Burford (391 Pass Receptions, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Ed Budde (14 years as a Chief, member of the All-time AFL team, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). #82 Dante Hall (NFL record returning a kick or a punt for a touchdown for four consecutive weeks; won four consecutive NFL weekly awards). #31 Priest Holmes (NFL record for most touchdowns in a season at 27).

#10 Trent Green. #88 Tony Gonzalez (2004 Season Lead the NFL in receptions with 102). #86 Buck Buchanan (Defense Tackle). #78 Bobby Bell (Linebacker).

#63 Willie Lanier (Linebacker). #36 Mack Lee Hill (Running Back). #33 Stone Johnson (Running Back). #28 Abner Haynes (Running Back).

#16 Len Dawson (Quarterback). #3 Jan Stenerud (Placekicker). Mike Webster (1997; 1989-1990). Head coach of the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs for the entire ten-year history of the AFL.

Post-season record 5-1. Post-season appearances 6. Victories 87. Hank Stram (2003; 1960-1974) Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs coach won three AFL titles.

48-yard field goal, the longest in Super Bowl history, against the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. six postseason All-Star games (four NFL Pro Bowl). 7 field goal attempts in a game. 44 field goals in a season.

Career 409 PATs and 436 field goals attempted. 186 consecutive games played. Only pure kicker in the Hall of Fame. 19-year career. Jan Stenerud (1991; 1967-1979) Placekicker.

Popular for come-from-behind wins, including the 1993 playoffs and the outdueling of Elway in 1994 as a Chief. Joe Montana (2000; 1993-1994) Quarterback. Marv Levy (2001; 1978-1982). 1969 Super Bowl IV Champion.

Second Chief selected to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Willie "Contact" Lanier (1986; 1967-1977) Outside linebacker. Started American Football League that was the genesis of modern professional football. Lamar Hunt (1972; 1959-present) Owner.

1). 11th ranked passer in NFL history (retired No. 19-year career, passed for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns. MVP of Super Bowl IV.

Two AFL championships. Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1978. Len Dawson (1987; 1963-1975) Quarterback. NAIA All-America in 1962.

First player taken in 1963 American Football League Draft. Buck Buchanan (1990; 1963-1975) Lineman. Bobby Bell (July 30, 1983; 1963-1974) Linebacker. Inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame as a Chief.

Scored the 100th rushing touchdown of his career as a Chief. Marcus Allen (November 9, 2003; 1992-1997) Running Back. December 5, 2004: Trent Green extends team record of consecutive quarterback starts to 60. December 5, 2004: Will Shields extends team record of consecutive starts to 187 (actual consecutive games also a team record of 188).

November 28, 2004: Dante Hall sets team record with 213 kickoff returns. 2003: Will Shields extends franchise record of consecutive starts to 175. 2003: Priest Holmes surpasses Otis Taylor for most career touchdowns by a Chief. November 9, 2003: the Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns (41-20), winning their ninth straight game which sets a new franchise record for consecutive victories.

2002: Priest Holmes sets the single-season rushing record with 1,615 yards. 2002: Team sets franchise record for most offensive yards with 6,000. 2001: Priest Holmes sets the single-season rushing record with 1,555 yards. 1996: Chiefs have first 4-0 start.

1995: Chiefs make team record sixth consecutive playoff berth. 1990: Derrick Thomas sets team record with 20.0 sacks in a season. October 24, 2004: the Chiefs completed 8 running touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons, setting the league record for most running touchdowns in a single game. 2003: Priest Holmes sets league record for most touchdowns as well as most rushing touchdowns with 27.

2003: Dante Hall ties league record with 4 kick-returns for touchdowns in a single season. 2003: Morten Andersen has record 316 consecutive scoring games. 2003: Morten Andersen of Kansas City and Gary Anderson of Pittsburg tie for most seaons with 100 or more points with 14. December 22, 2002: Trent Green to Mark Boerigter tied for longest pass completion of 99 yards.

2002: Morten Andersen sets record with 40 field goals over 50 yards in a career. 1998: Chiefs set the record for most penalties (158) and most penalty yardage (1,304) in a season. Kansas City fans like having that record broken in 1998 by John Elway. 1993: Dave Krieg gets record 494 times sacked in a career.

1993: Nick Lowery sets record for most seasons with 100 or more points with 11. November 11, 1990: Derrick Thomas sets league record for most sacks in a game with 7.0. 1975: Len Dawson records 8 seasons leading the league in pass completions. December 25, 1971: Ed Podolak amasses 350 all-purpose yards against the Miami Dolphins, a playoff record.

1969: Len Dawson records 6 consecutive seasons leading the league in pass completions. 1966: Len Dawson ties Johnny Unitas for 4 seasons leading the league in touchdowns.

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