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Kansas City Chiefs
Established 1959
Play in Arrowhead Stadium,
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Kansas City Chiefs helmet
Kansas City Chiefs logo
Helmet Logo
League/Conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–69)

  • AFL West (1960–69)

National Football League (1970–present)

  • American Football Conference (1970–present)
    • AFC West (1970–present)
Current uniform
Team colors Red, Gold, and White
Fight song "Tomahawk Chop" (fight song, unofficial)
Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989–present)
Warpaint (1963–1988, 2009–present)
Owner(s): Clark Hunt (majority of share, rest of share owned by Hunt family)
Chairman (CEO): Clark Hunt
Team President Mark Donovan
General Manager Brett Veach
Head Coach Andy Reid
Team history
  • Dallas Texans (1960–62)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1963–present)
Kansas City Chiefs Historical Teams
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024

Team Nicknames "The Redwood Forest" (Defense, 1966-71)
"The Legion of Zoom" (Offense, 2018–present)

League Championships (3)†
Conference Championships (2)
Division Championships (13)
  • AFL Western: 1962, 1966
  • AFC West: 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
† - Includes both the NFL or AFL Championships and the AFL-NFL Super Bowl Championships prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger
Home fields

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They 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). In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed its current name. The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. 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 is the operating head of the franchise; he represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has ultimate authority on personnel changes.

The Chiefs have won three AFL championships, in 1962, 1966, and 1969. 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, was the final such competition before the leagues' merger went 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 struggled to find success in the playoffs for many years, including losing 10 of 11 playoff games from 1993 to 2017, which included an 8-game losing streak. Since then, the Chiefs have won 4 of their last 5 playoff games, including Super Bowl LIV in 2020, which earned the franchise their first championship in 50 years.

Franchise history

Further information: History of the Kansas City Chiefs

1960–1969; Early success

In 1959, Lamar Hunt began discussions with other businessmen to establish a professional football league that would compete against the National Football League.[1][2] 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.[2][3] After unsuccessful attempts to purchase and relocate the NFL's Chicago Cardinals to his hometown of Dallas, Texas,[1][4] Hunt went to the NFL and asked to create an expansion franchise in Dallas. The NFL refused this negotiation, so Hunt then established the American Football League with other businessmen and founded 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.[2] Hunt chose Stram after the offer was declined by Bud Wilkinson and Tom Landry.[2]

The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL's cross-town competition Dallas Cowboys for three seasons.[2] While the team averaged a league-best 24,500 at the Cotton Bowl, the Texans gained less attention due to the league's relative obscurity.[2] In the franchise's first two seasons, the team managed only a 14–14 record.[5] 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.[4][5] The game was broadcast nationally on ABC and the Texans defeated the Oilers 20–17 in double overtime.[4] The game lasted 77 minutes and 54 seconds, which still stands as the longest championship game in professional football history.[4]

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.[4][6] Hunt became interested in moving the Texans to either Atlanta, Georgia or Miami, Florida for the 1963 season.[4] Mayor of Kansas City Harold Roe Bartle extended an invitation to Hunt to move the Texans to Kansas City.[4][6][7] Bartle promised to triple the franchise's season ticket sales and expand seats at Municipal Stadium to accommodate the team.[4][6][7]

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.[4][6][7] Hunt and head coach Hank Stram initially planned on retaining 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, Tribe of the Mic-O-Say.[4][7][8] A total of 4,866 entries were received with 1,020 different names being suggested, including a total of 42 entrants who selected "Chiefs."[8] The two names that received the most popular votes were "Mules" and "Royals."[8]

The franchise became one of the strongest teams in the now thriving American Football League,[1] with the most playoff appearances for an AFL team (tied with the Oakland Raiders), and the most AFL Championships (three).[4] 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.[4][9] 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.[4][9][10] 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 Buffalo Bills in the AFL Championship Game.[11] 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.[4] The Chiefs lost the game but gained the respect of several Packers opponents following the game.[12] 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.[4] The following August, Kansas City hosted the NFL's Chicago Bears in the 1967 preseason and won the game 66–24.[4]

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.[5] 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.[4] While getting plenty of help from the club's defense, Dawson returned from the injury and led the Chiefs to Super Bowl IV.[4] Against the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings,[1] who were favored by 12½, the Chiefs dominated the game 23–7 to claim the team's first Super Bowl championship.[4] Dawson was named the game's Most Valuable Player after completing 12-of-17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, with 1 interception.[13] 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.[4] The Chiefs were placed in the American Football Conference's West Division.[5]

1970-1988; Decline, Struggles

In 1970, the Chiefs won only seven games in their first season in the NFL and missed the playoffs.[5] The following season, the Chiefs tallied a 10–3–1 record and won the AFC West Division.[14] Head coach Hank Stram considered his 1971 Chiefs team as his best, but they failed to capture their championship dominance from 1969.[14] Most of the pieces of the team which won Super Bowl IV two years earlier were still in place for the 1971 season.[14] 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.[14] The Dolphins outlasted the Chiefs with a 37-yard field goal.[14] The game surpassed the 1962 AFL Championship Game as the longest ever at 82 minutes and 40 seconds.[14] The game was also the final football game at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium.[14]

In 1972, the Chiefs moved into the newly constructed Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex outside of Downtown Kansas City.[14] The team's first game at Arrowhead was against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game which the Chiefs won 24–14.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14] From 1975 to 1988, the Chiefs had become a laughing stock of the NFL and provided Chiefs fans with nothing but futility.[15][16] Five head coaches struggled to achieve the same success as Stram, compiling an 81–121–1 record.[15]

In 1981, running back Joe Delaney rushed for 1,121 yards and was named the AFC Rookie of the Year.[17] The Chiefs finished the season with a 9–7 record and entered the 1982 season with optimism.[17] However, the NFL Players Association strike curbed the Chiefs' chances of returning to the postseason for the first time in over a decade.[17] By employing replacement players, the Chiefs tallied a 3–6 record[5] and in the off-season, Joe Delaney died while trying to save several children from drowning in a pond near his home in Louisiana.[18]

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.[19][20] Blackledge never started a full season for Kansas City while Kelly and Marino played Hall of Fame careers.[20] 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.[17]

John Mackovic took over head coaching duties for the 1983 season after Marv Levy was fired.[17] 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.[5] Following the team's loss to the New York Jets in the playoffs, Mackovic was fired.[17] Frank Gansz served as head coach for the next two seasons, but won only eight of 31 games.[17]

1989–2008; Struggles, decline, and franchise-worst seasons

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.[17] In the 1988 and 1989 NFL Drafts, the Chiefs selected both defensive end Neil Smith and linebacker Derrick Thomas, respectively.[17][21] 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.[22]

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, and a strong defense, anchored by Thomas, Smith, Albert Lewis and Cherry.[1] The team recorded a 101–58–1 record, and clinched seven playoff berths.[23] The Chiefs' 1993 season was the franchise's most successful in 22 years.[21] With newly-acquired quarterback Joe Montana and running back Marcus Allen—two former Super Bowl champions and MVP's—the Chiefs further strengthened their position in the NFL.[21] The 11–5 Chiefs defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Oilers on their way to the franchise's first and to date only AFC Championship Game appearance against the Buffalo Bills.[21] The Chiefs were overwhelmed by the Bills and lost the game by a score of 30–13.[21] The Chiefs' victory on January 14, 1994 against the Oilers remains the franchise's last post-season victory to date.

In the 1995 NFL playoffs, the 13–3 Chiefs hosted the Indianapolis Colts in a cold, damp night game at Arrowhead Stadium.[5][21] 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.[21] 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.[5][21] Head coach Marty Schottenheimer chose Grbac to start the playoff game against the Denver Broncos despite Gannon's successes in previous weeks.[21] Despite this, Grbac's would struggle in the game that followe d, and the Chiefs faltered against the Broncos 14–10.[21] Following the loss, the Broncos went on to capture their 6th AFC Championship by defeating Pittsburgh, and then defeated the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.

After the 1998 season, which saw the team collapse to a 7–9 record, Schottenheimer announced his resignation from the Chiefs following the season, and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham took over coaching duties for the next two seasons, compiling a 16–16 record.[21] 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.[21] Thomas died from complications of his injury weeks later.[21] After allegedly reading online that he would be relieved of duties, head coach Gunther Cunningham was fired.[24][25]

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.[24] Vermeil previously led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.[25] 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.[25]

In 2003, Kansas City began the season with nine consecutive victories, a franchise record.[25] They finished the season with a 13–3 record and the team's offense led the NFL in several categories.[25] Running back Priest Holmes surpassed Marshall Faulk's single-season touchdown record by scoring his 27th rushing touchdown against the Bears in the team's regular season finale.[25][26] The team clinched the second seed in the 2004 NFL playoffs and hosted the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.[25] In a game where neither team punted, the Chiefs lost the shoot-out 38–31.[25] 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.[25] They were the fourth team since 1990 to miss the playoffs with a 10–6 record.[25] Running back Larry Johnson started in place of the injured Priest Holmes and rushed for 1,750 yards in only nine starts.[25] Prior to the Chiefs' final game of the season, head coach Dick Vermeil announced his retirement.[25] The Chiefs won the game 37–3 over the playoff-bound Cincinnati Bengals.[25]

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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.[25] 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.[25] 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.[25] Backup quarterback Damon Huard took over in Green's absence and led the Chiefs to a 5–3 record.[25]

Kansas City was awarded a Thanksgiving game against the Denver Broncos in response to owner Lamar Hunt's lobbying for a third Thanksgiving Day game.[25] The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 19–10 in the first Thanksgiving Day game in Kansas City since 1969.[25] Hunt was hospitalized at the time of the game and died weeks later on December 13 due to complications with prostate cancer.[9][25] The Chiefs honored their owner for the remainder of the season, as did the rest of the league.[25]


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,[25] and running back Larry Johnson set an NFL record with 416 carries in a season.[25] 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.[25] The Indianapolis Colts hosted the Chiefs in the Wild Card playoffs and defeated Kansas City 23–8.

In 2007, Trent Green was traded to the Miami Dolphins[27] leaving the door open for either Damon Huard or Brodie Croyle to become the new starting quarterback.[25] 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.[25] 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.[5]

The Chiefs began their 2008 season with the youngest team in the NFL.[28] The starting lineup had an average of 25.5 years of age.[28] By releasing several veteran players such as cornerback Ty Law and wide receiver Eddie Kennison and trading defensive end Jared Allen,[29] the Chiefs began a youth movement.[28][30] 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.[29][31][32][33] 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.[33] Croyle was injured in the team's first game of the season and Damon Huard started in Croyle's absence.[34] Tyler Thigpen become the third Chiefs starting quarterback in as many games for a start against the Atlanta Falcons.[30][35] After a poor performance by Thigpen, in which he threw three interceptions against the Falcons defense,[35] Huard was retained as the starting quarterback.[36] 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.[37][38][39][40]


Larry Johnson lines up as the quarterback in a wildcat formation, 2008.

Croyle returned for the Chiefs' game against the Tennessee Titans, but both he and Damon Huard suffered season-ending injuries in the game.[41] The Chiefs reorganized their offense to a new spread offense game plan focused around Tyler Thigpen.[30][34][42][43] 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.[38][42][43][44] 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.[43]


The 2008 season ended with a franchise worst 2–14 record.[5] The team lost two games by 24 point margins against the Falcons and Titans,[35][45] a 34–0 shut-out to the Carolina Panthers,[46] and allowed a franchise-high 54 points against the Buffalo Bills.[47] The team's general manager, chief executive officer, and team president Carl Peterson resigned at the end of the season,[48] and former New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was hired as his replacement for 2009.[49] On January 23, 2009 Herman Edwards was fired as head coach,[50][51] and two weeks later Todd Haley signed a four-year contract to become Edwards' successor.[52][53] In April, Tony Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons after failed trade attempts over the previous two seasons.[54] The Chiefs also fired Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey 2 weeks before the start of the season. 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.[55][56][57]

On December 26, 2010, the Kansas City Chiefs won their first AFC West title since 2003, by beating the Tennessee Titans at The New Arrowhead Stadium. On January 9, 2011, the Chiefs lost their Wild Card Playoff game to the Baltimore Ravens 30–7. Six players were choosen for the Pro Bowl-Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Brian Waters, Tamba Hali, Matt Cassel and rookie saftey 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. For their 135th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Chiefs selected quarterback Ricky Stanzi from the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The 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.[58]

2013–2014; Arrival of Andy Reid

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.[59] 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.

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 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.[60] 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 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Chiefs engineered a 33–27 comeback win against the San Diego Chargers ending with a 2-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 ended 1st place in the AFC West. 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. [61]

2018; Patrick Mahomes era, rise of team, second Super Bowl win

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 50 points.[62] The game is considered to be the greatest regular NFL season game of all time.[63] 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.[64] For his performance during the season, he was named AP NFL MVP, the first Chief to win the award.

In the AFC Divisional round on January 12, 2019, the Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31–13 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. However, the following week, Kansas City's bid for its first Super Bowl berth in 49 years ended with a 31–37 overtime loss to the New England Patriots.

The Chiefs finished the 2019 regular season with a 12–4 record, winning the AFC West division title, and the AFC's second seed behind the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 51–31 in the AFC Divisional Game after falling behind 24–0 at the start of the second quarter with Mahomes throwing for five touchdowns within three minutes of the quarter. The Chiefs hosted their second AFC Championship game in consecutive years facing the sixth-seed Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs went on to defeat the Titans 35–24 and advanced to Super Bowl LIV. This marked their first appearance in a Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV, 50 years earlier.

On February 2, 2020, in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, the Chiefs played Super Bowl LIV, against the NFC top seed, the San Francisco 49ers. With the game tied at 10 points each at halftime, Mahomes threw 2 interceptions in the 3rd quarter, which enabled the 49ers to take a 20–10 lead to the fourth quarter. However, the Chiefs advanced down field, and Mahomes rebounded big-time, throwing 2 touchdowns, to Travis Kelce and Damien Williams, respectively. With a 24–20 lead with under three minutes remaining, Williams had his second touchdown of the night, a 38-yard run, and the Chiefs lead 31–20. The game was sealed with a Jimmy Garoppolo interception with under a minute remaining. This marked the first time in NFL post-season history that a team faced 10 point deficits in 3 straight games, and won all 3 by 10 or more points.[65] Patrick Mahomes won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. This was the teams' first championship since 1969, and their first since the AFL-NFL Merger.

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.

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|bgcolor="#FFCCCC"|Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) |bgcolor="#ddffdd"|Conference Champions |bgcolor="#D0E7FF"|Division Champions |bgcolor="#96CDCD"|Wild Card Berth |}

Record as of the end of the 2010 NFL season
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Post Season Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2000 2000 NFL AFC West 3rd 7 9 0
2001 2001 NFL AFC West 4th 6 10 0
2002 2002 NFL AFC West 4th 8 8 0
2003 2003 NFL AFC West 1st 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 38-31
2004 2004 NFL AFC West 3rd 7 9 0
2005 2005 NFL AFC West 2nd 10 6 0
2006 2006 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 23–8
2007 2007 NFL AFC West 3rd 4 12 0
2008 2008 NFL AFC West 4th 2 14 0
2009 2009 NFL AFC West 4th 4 12 0
2010 2010 NFL AFC West 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 30–7
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)


Logos and uniforms

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

  • Main article: Logos and uniforms of the Kansas City Chiefs

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.[66] 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.[66]

The state of Texas on the team's helmet was replaced by an arrowhead design originally sketched by Lamar Hunt on a napkin.[66] Hunt's inspiration for the interlocking "KC" design was the "SF" inside of an oval on the San Francisco 49ers helmets.[66] 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.[66] From 1960 to 1973, the Chiefs had grey facemask bars on their helmets, but changed to white bars in 1974.[66]

The Chiefs' uniform design has essentially remained the same throughout the club's history.[66] It consists of a red helmet, and either red or white jerseys with the opposite color numbers and names.[66] White pants were used with both jerseys from 1960–1967 and 1989–1999.[66] 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.[67]

In 2007, the Kansas City Chiefs honored Lamar Hunt and the AFL with a special patch.[68] It features the AFL's logo from the 1960s with Hunt's "LH" initials inside the football.[68] In 2008, the patch became permanently affixed to the left chest of both Kansas City's home and away jerseys.[68]

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.[69]

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 77,000,[70] which makes it the fourth 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.[71][49] The stadium renovation was paid for by $250 million in taxpayer money and $125 million from the Hunt Family.[53] The stadium cost $53 million to build in 1972, and an average ticket in 2009 costs $81.[71] Centerplate serves as the stadium's concession provider and Sprint Nextel, Anheuser-Busch and Coca-Cola are major corporate sponsors.[71]

Dating back to the Chiefs' home opener in 1991 to mid-2009, the Chiefs had 155 consecutive sellout games.[71] 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. [72] Arrowhead has been called one of the world's finest stadiums[1] and has long held a reputation for being one of the toughest and loudest outdoor stadiums for opposing players to play in.[49][73][74][75] All noise is directly attributed to its fans[76] and was once measured at 116 decibels by the Acoustical Design Group of Mission, Kansas.[77] By way of comparison, take-off of aircraft may lead to a sound level of 106 decibels at the ground.[77] Sports Illustrated named Arrowhead Stadium the "toughest place to play" for opposing teams in 2005.[78] The tailgate party environment outside the stadium on gameday has been compared to a "college football" atmosphere.[79] 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.[80] From 1972 to 1993, the stadium had an artificial AstroTurf surface.[80]


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.[72][81] 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.[76] Studies by Bizjournals in 2006 gave the Chiefs high marks for consistently drawing capacity crowds in both good seasons and bad.[82] The Chiefs averaged 77,300 fans per game from 1996 to 2006, second in the NFL behind the Washington Redskins.[82] The franchise has an official fan club called Chiefs Nation which gives members opportunities to ticket priority benefits and VIP treatment.[83][84]

At the end of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at home games, Chiefs fans intentionally yell "and the home of the CHIEFS!" where traditionally "the brave" is sung.[85] 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."[85] 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.[86] At the Chiefs' September 23, 2001 home game against the New York Giants, fans gave the opposing Giants a standing ovation.[75] This was one of the few known times in Chiefs history where the home crowd welcomed an opposing team onto the field without booing.[86]

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!" over the song "Rock and Roll Part 2."[87] The chant starts after the third "hey!" in the song.[87] The 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.[87] A cover version of the song played by Tube Tops 2000 has been played since 2006 at every home game.[87] Chiefs fans also make occasional use of "The War Chant" and "Tomahawk Chop" during games.[88]

Tony DiPardo

From various periods between 1963 to the 2008 season, trumpeter Tony DiPardo and The T.D. Pack Band played live music at every Chiefs home game.[89][90] 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.[89] When his health was declining, DiPardo took a leave of absence from the band from 1983 to 1988.[90] DiPardo's daughter took over as bandleader in 1989, by which time DiPardo returned to the band by popular demand.[90][91] For the 2009 season, due to renovations at Arrowhead Stadium, the band did not return to perform at the stadium.

DiPardo passed away on January 27, 2011, at age 98. He had been hospitalized since December 2010 after suffering a brain aneurysm.[92]

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 "The City of Fountains" will dye the water red in almost every fountain throughout the city. Besides showing support for the Chiefs, the most important part of the day is the Red Coaters with other volunteers will be selling the KC Star along with the Red Friday Magazine on street corners during the morning hours. The proceeds of the sale will go to local charities.

Radio and television

Kansas City Chiefs radio play-by-play announcers[93]
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.[93] Former Chiefs longsnapper Kendall Gammon serves as the field reporter.[93] Former Chiefs broadcasters Bill Grigsby and Bob Gretz also contribute to the broadcasts.[93][94] KCFX holds broadcast rights to Chiefs games through the 2009 season.[93][94] The Chiefs and KCFX hold the distinction of being the longest FM radio broadcast partnering tenure in the NFL.[93][94] The Chiefs Radio Network extends throughout the six-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, with 61 affiliate stations.[93][94]

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 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.

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.[3][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. [3][95] Warpaint circled the field at the beginning of each Chiefs home game and performed victory laps following each Chiefs touchdown.[3][95] On September 20, 2009 a new Warpaint horse was unveiled at the Chiefs' home opener against the Oakland Raiders.[97]

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.[3][98] 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.[99]

The Chiefs have employed a cheerleading squad since the team's inception in 1960.[100] In the team's early days, the all-female squad was referred to as the Chiefettes.[101] From 1986 to 1992, the cheerleader squad featured a mix of men and women.[100] Since 1993, the all-female squad has been known as the Chiefs Cheerleaders.[95][100][101]

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 training camp at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico.[4] They moved camp to Southern Methodist University, owner Lamar Hunt's alma mater, for 1961 and continued to practice there until 1965.[4] From 1966 to 1971, the Chiefs practiced in Swope Park in Kansas City,[102] 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.[21]

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Chiefs Practice Facility nearby Arrowhead Stadium.

From 1991 to 2009 the Chiefs conducted summer training camp at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin.[103] The Chiefs' 2007 training camp was documented in the HBO/NFL Films documentary reality television series, Hard Knocks.[104] Following the passage of a $25 million state tax credit proposal, the Chiefs will move their training camp to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri in 2010.[105] The bulk of the tax credits will go for improvements to Arrowhead Stadium with $10 million applied to the move to Missouri Western.[106] 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.[107]

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 west of Interstate 435.

Notable players

Further information: List of Kansas City Chiefs players,  Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks, and List of Kansas City Chiefs first-round draft picks

Current roster

Kansas City Chiefs current roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • 48 Nick Keizer
  • 83 Ricky Seals-Jones
  • 87 Travis Kelce
  • 82 Deon Yelder
Offensive Linemen
  • 65 Jordan Devey G
  • 76 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif G
  • 79 Parker Ehinger G
  • 75 Cameron Erving T
  • 72 Eric Fisher T
  • 64 Dillon Gordon T
  • 60 Ryan Hunter (R)
  • 73 Tejan Koroma C (R)
  • 66 Kahlil McKenzie G (R)
  • 61 Mitch Morse C
  • 67 Jimmy Murray C (R)
  • 71 Mitchell Schwartz T
  • 68 Bentley Spain T (R)
  • 70 Brian Witzmann G
  • 77 Andrew Wylie T

Defensive Linemen

  • 97 Allen Bailey DE
  • 90 Stefan Charles NT
  • 74 Justin Hamilton NT
  • 94 Jarvis Jenkins DE
  • 95Chris Jones DE
  • 96 Dee Liner NT (R)
  • 93 T.Y. McGill NT
  • 91Derrick Nnadi NT (R)
  • 98 Xavier Williams NT
  • 60 Raymond Davison ILB (R)
  • 45Ukeme Eligwe ILB / DB
  • 55 Dee Ford OLB
  • 53 Anthony Hitchens ILB
  • 54 Tyrone Holmes OLB
  • 50 Justin Houston OLB
  • 92 Tanoh Kpassagnon OLB / DE
  • 65 Robert McCray OLB (R)
  • 56 Ben Nieman ILB (R)
  • 44 Dorian O'Daniel ILB (R)
  • 59 Reggie Ragland ILB
  • 48 Terrance Smith ILB / DB
  • 57 Breeland Speaks OLB (R)
  • 51 Frank Zombo OLB
Defensive Backs
  • 24 David Amerson CB
  • 43 Makinton Dorleant CB
  • 47 Step Durham CB (R)
  • 22 Robert Golden SS
  • 6 Ashton Lampkin CB
  • 34 Leon McQuay III SS
  • 21 Eric Murray FS
  • 20 Steven Nelson CB
  • 30 Keith Reaser CB
  • 26 Will Redmond CB
  • 39 Tremon Smith CB (R)
  • 49 Daniel Sorensen SS
  • 38 Arrion Springs CB (R)
  • 46 Jordan Sterns SS
  • 40 D'Montre Wade CB (R)
  • 25 Armani Watts FS (R)

Special Teams

  • 7Harrison Butker K
  • 9 Dustin Colquitt P
  • 41 James Winchester LS

Reserve Squad

  • -- Davon Grayson WR (R / IR)
  • 9 Akeem Hunt FB (PUP)
  • -- John David Moore FB(R / IR)

Unrestricted FAs

  • currently vacant

Restricted FAs

  • currently vacant

Exclusive-Rights FAs

  • currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated January 19, 2018
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Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees

Kansas City Chiefs Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
78 Bobby Bell 1 2 LB 1963–1974 1983
63 Willie Lanier 1 2 LB 1967–1977 1986
16 Len Dawson 2 3 QB 1963–1975 1987
86 Buck Buchanan 1 2 DT 1963–1975 1990
3 Jan Stenerud 1 2 3 K 1967–1979 1991
53 Mike Webster C 1989–1990 1997
19 Joe Montana QB 1993–1994 2000
32 Marcus Allen RB 1993–1997 2003
1 Warren Moon QB 1999–2000 2006
18 Emmitt Thomas 1 2 CB 1966–1978 2008
58 Derrick Thomas 4 LB 1989–1999 2009
77 Willie Roaf OT 2002–2005 2012
61 Curley Culp 1 2 3 DT 1968–1974 2013
68 Will Shields OG 1993–2006 2015
8 Morten Andersen K 2002–2003 2017
Coaches and Contributors
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Lamar Hunt Founder of franchise and American Football League 1960–2006 1972
Marv Levy Head coach 1978–1982 2001
Hank Stram 1 2 3 Head coach 1960–1974 2003
Bill Polian Contributor 1978–1982 2015
Bobby Beathard Scout 1963, 1966–1967 2018
1 Began career in the American Football League.
2 Member of 1969 Super Bowl championship team
3 Spent majority of their career with the Chiefs
4Posthumously inducted
Names in bold spent entire career with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs.

Retired numbers

Template:Kansas City Chiefs retired numbers

Chiefs Hall of Fame

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Jan Stenerud's name was honored at Arrowhead Stadium's former 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.[108] Established in 1970, the Chiefs Hall of Fame has inducted a new member in an annual ceremony with the exception of the 1983 season.[108][109] 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.[108] 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.[108]

Kansas City Chiefs HOF Inductees


  • 1970 Lamar Hunt, team founder and owner
  • 1971 #36 Mack Lee Hill, Running back
  • 1972 #75 Jerry Mays DL
  • 1973 #84 Fred Arbanas, Tight end
  • 1974 #42 Johnny Robinson S
  • 1975 #88 Chris Burford WR
  • 1976 #55 E.J. Holub C
  • 1977 #77 Jim Tyrer T
  • 1978 #21 Mike Garrett RB
  • 1979 #16 Len Dawson QB


  • 1980 #78 Bobby Bell LB
  • 1981 #86 Buck Buchanan DT
  • 1982 #89 Otis Taylor, WR
  • 1983 No induction
  • 1984 #71 Ed Budde G
  • 1985 #63 Willie Lanier LB
  • 1986 #18 Emmitt Thomas, CB
  • 1987 Hank Stram, Head Coach
  • 1988 #44 Jerrel Wilson P
  • 1989 #14 Ed Podolak RB


  • 1990 #51 Jim Lynch LB
  • 1991 #28 Abner Haynes RB
  • 1992 #3 Jan Stenerud K
  • 1993 #69 Sherrill Headrick, LB
  • 1994 #58 Jack Rudnay C
  • 1995 #32 Curtis McClinton RB
  • 1996 #20 Deron Cherry S
  • 1997 #73 Dave Hill T
  • 1998 #67 Art Still DE
  • 1999 #34 Lloyd Burruss S


  • 2000 #35 Christian Okoye RB
  • 2001 #58 Derrick Thomas OLB
  • 2002 #76 John Alt T
  • 2003 #59 Gary Spani LB
  • 2004 #37 Joe Delaney RB / KR
  • 2005 Jack Steadman, Team administrator
  • 2006 #90 Neil Smith DE
  • 2007 #29 Albert Lewis CB
  • 2008 #61 Curley Culp DT
  • 2009 #8 Nick Lowery K


Head coaches

  • Main article: List of Kansas City Chiefs head coaches

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.[14] Marty Schottenheimer was hired in 1989 and led Kansas City to seven playoff appearances in his ten seasons as head coach.[17][21] Schottenheimer had the best winning percentage (.634) of all Chiefs coaches.[23] 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.[24][25] Dick Vermeil coached the team to a franchise-best 9–0 start in the 2003 season.[110] Of the ten Chiefs coaches, Hank Stram and Marv Levy have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[111] 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.[50][51][112][113] Todd Haley began his first season with the team in 2009, and in 2010 led the team to its first AFC West division title since 2003.[52] The current head coach for the Chiefs is Andy Reid.

Ownership and administration

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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.[114] Hunt purchased the team for $25,000 in 1960.[71] Hunt remained the team's owner until his death in 2006.[114] The Hunt family kept ownership of the team following Lamar's death and Clark Hunt, Lamar's son, represents the family's interests.[115][71][53][116] While Hunt's official title is Chairman of the Board, he serves as the franchise's de facto owner.[115][116] In 2010, Hunt assumed role as CEO alongside his role as Chairman of the Board.[117] According to Forbes, the team is valued at just under $1 billion and ranks 20th among NFL teams in 2010.[71]

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.[118] He promoted general manager Jack Steadman to become the team's president in 1977.[118] Steadman held the job until Carl Peterson was hired by Hunt in 1988 to replace him.[118] Peterson resigned the title as team president in 2008.[119] Denny Thum became the team's interim president following Peterson's departure and was officially given the full position in May 2009.[119][120] Thum resigned from his position on September 14, 2010.[117]

Don Rossi served as the team's general manager for half of the 1960 season, resigning in November 1960.[4] Jack Steadman assumed duties from Rossi and served in the position until 1976.[4][14][118] Steadman was promoted to team president in 1976 and despite being relieved of those duties in 1988,[118] he remained with the franchise until 2006 in various positions.[14][17] Jim Schaaf took over for Steadman as general manager until being fired in December 1988.[17] Carl Peterson was hired in 1988 to serve as the team's general manager, chief executive officer and team president.[17][118] Peterson remained in the position for 19 years until he announced his resignation from the team in 2008.[119][121] Denny Thum served as interim general manager[119] until January 13, 2009 when the Chiefs named New England Patriots executive Scott Pioli the team's new general manager.[49][122]

Current staff

Kansas City Chiefs current staff
Front Office
  • Chairman/CEO - Clark Hunt
  • President - Mark Donovan
  • General Manager - Brett Veach
  • Director of Football Administration - Brandt Tilis
  • Salary Cap & Legal Executive - Chris Shea
  • Director of Player Personnel - Mike Borgonzi
  • Director of College Scouting - Ryne Nutt
  • Assistant Directors of College Scouting - Mike Bradway and Ryan Poles
  • College Scouting Coordinator - Greg Castillo
  • Director of Pro Personnel - Tim Terry

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach - Andy Reid
  • Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator - Dave Toub

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator - Eric Bieniemy
  • Quarterbacks - Mike Kafka
  • Running Backs - Greg Lewis
  • Wide Receivers - Joe Bleymaier
  • Tight Ends - Tom Melvin
  • Offensive Line - Andy Heck
  • Assistant Offensive Line - Corey Matthaei
  • Pass Game Analyst/Assistant Quarterbacks - David Giradi
  • Offensive Quality Control - Connor Embree and Porter Ellett

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator - Steve Spagnuolo
  • Defensive Line - Brendan Daly
  • Linebackers - Matt House
  • Outside Linebackers - Ken Flajole
  • Defensive Backs - Dave Merritt
  • Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks - Sam Madison
  • Defensive Assistant - Donald D'Alesio
  • Defensive Quality Control - Alex Whittingham

Special Teams Coaches

  • Assistant Special Teams - Andy Hill

Coaching Support Staff

  • Statistical Analysis Coordinator - Mike Frazier
  • Director of Video Operations - Pat Brazil
  • Assistant Director of Video Operations - Ken Radino
  • Video Assistants - Colin Clark and Josh Schmidt

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning - Barry Rubin
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning - Travis Crittenden
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning - Tyler Judkins
  • Sports Science/Conditioning - Ryan Reynolds

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See also


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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, Template:ISBN 
  • Gruver, Ed (1997), The American Football League: A Year-by-year History, 1960–1969, McFarland Publishing, Template:ISBN 
  • 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, Template:ISBN 
  • Maske, Mark (2007), War Without Death: A Year of Extreme Competition in Pro Football's NFC East, Penguin Group, Template:ISBN 
  • McKenzie, Michael (1997), Arrowhead: Home of the Chiefs, Addax Publishing Group, Template:ISBN 
  • Peterson, John E. (2003), The Kansas City Athletics: A Baseball History, 1954–1967, McFarland, Template:ISBN 
  • Stallard, Mark (2004), Kansas City Chiefs Encyclopedia (2nd ed.), Sports Publishing, LLC, Template:ISBN 

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