Best of KC: Your Kansas City Chiefs
That’s right—we’re Super Bowl bound!! For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Miami for Super Bowl LIV where they’ll face the San Francisco 49ers. Finally. It’s their first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl IV. To celebrate their recent AFC Championship and pending Super Bowl appearance, let’s recall some of their history and records. Go Chiefs!
The Chiefs were the second team, after the Green Bay Packers to appear in more than one Super Bowl.
When Lamar Hunt agreed to relocate the franchise from Dallas to Kansas City in May of 1963, he and head coach Hank Stram planned to keep the name, the Texans. But in a fan contest, it was decided to rename them the Chiefs in honor of Mayor Bartle’s nickname. He earned that nickname as his role of Scout Executive of the St. Joseph and Kansas City Boy Scout Councils.
Lamar Hunt was an integral part of the negotiations with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle during the AFL-NFL merger. He insisted on calling the championship game the Super Bowl after watching his children play with a popular toy called the Super Ball.s
In 1969, the Chiefs lost twice in the regular season to their rivals, the Oakland Raiders only to defeat them 17-7 in the AFL Championship Game.
In Super Bowl IV, Len Dawson was MVP of the game. He was 12 of 17 for 142 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception.
1972 was the Chiefs first season at Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex. Their first game there was against the St. Louis Cardinals in a preseason matchup that the Chiefs won 24-14.
In 1972, linebacker Willie Lanier won the NFL Man of the Year Award. And in 1973, quarterback Len Dawson won the same award—unusual for two members of the same team to win in back to back years.
Patrick Mahomes was the first Chief ever to be named the AP NFL MVP. He was the 2nd QB in NFL history, after Peyton Manning, to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 TDs.
Sports Illustrated named Arrowhead Stadium the “toughest place to play” for opposing teams in 2005, much because of the loudness. During a game against the Raiders in October 2013, Arrowhead because the loudest stadium in the world when fans set the Guinness Book of World Records record or loudest crowd in an outdoor stadium (137.5 dB). They did it again in September 2014 on Monday Night Football against the Patriots (142.2 dB). That volume is comparable to standing 100 feet from a jet engine, which can cause permanent damage.
K.C. Wolf was the NFL’s first mascot inducted to the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006.
The Chiefs have the 2nd most enshrines of and NFL team in their team Hall of Fame, behind the Packers.
Under Andy Reid, the Chiefs have made the playoffs 6 of his 7 seasons, winning the division 4 times.
Kansas City has some loyal fans. Despite having the sixth-smallest media market with an NFL team, they’ve had the second-highest attendance over the last decade, just behind the Redskins. From 1996 to 2006, the Chiefs averaged 77,300 fans per game.
Joe Delaney, one of the best young running backs in the league at the time, was gave his life heroically trying to save the lives of three children who were drowning near his home in Monroe, Louisiana in June 1983. He’s a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame and received several posthumous honors for his bravery.
Tony Gonzalez played forward for the University of California basketball team and also attended a tryout for the Miami Heat. One of his signature moves was a dunk over the field goal post crossbar after he scored a TD.
Jerry Rice, easily the best receiver to every play and a former Oakland Raider, once publicly stated that Albert Lewis, a Chiefs Hall of Fame cornerback, was the “toughest” corner he ever faced. He had 38 career interceptions, 20 in his first 4 seasons, which caused other teams to throw away from him.
Derrick Thomas set the NFL record for the most sacks (7!) in a game in 1990. The game, against the Seahawks, was held on Veterans Day and he dedicated the performance to his father, an Air Force pilot killed in action in Vietnam.
Priest Holmes, who led the NFL in rushing yards in 2001 and was on pace to break Marshall Faulk’s total yards in 2002 before being injured with just 2 games to go, was never drafted. He played in college for the Texas Longhorns, but was overshadowed by Ricky Williams.
Other Chiefs records:
Most Career Rushing Yards: Jamaal Charles, 6,856 yards (2008-2014)
Most Career Passing Yards: Len Dawson, 28,507 yards (1962-1975)
Most Career Receptions: Tony Gonzalez, 916 receptions (1997-2008)
Longest Kickoff Return: 106 yards by Noland Smith vs, the Denver Broncos (12/17/67)
First Chief Elected to the Hall of Fame: Lamar Hunt (1972)
First 1,000 Yard Rusher: Abner Haynes, 1,049 yards (1962)
For more Chiefs fandom or if you happen to have extra Super Bowl tickets that you’re looking to unload, check out our website at https://www.chiefofstaffkc.com. See you in Miami!
Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh