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Kansas City Chiefs  History

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The Kansas City Cheifs are one of four teams that play in the Western Division of the American Football Conferece of the National Football League. The team is now based in Kansas City, Missouri. It first played as the Dallas Texans in the American Football Conference. The The team is owned by Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. Hank Stram, an assistant at the University of Miami, was hired as the teamís first head coach. Two years later Stram produced a powerful offense with quarterback Len Dawson, veteran running back Abner Hayes, and rookie running back Curtis McClinton. The Dallas Texans,defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime.The three stars helped the team acheive that title.Dawson was named the player of the year, McClinton rookie of the year, and Stram coach of the year. When the team was moved to Kansas City in 1963, the new name was selected by a fan contest.

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The name is derived from the then Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe "Chief" Bartle,who was highly involved in persuading Hunt to move from Dallas to K.C.It is rumoured - though unconfirmed - that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969.Kansas City then won another title in 1969 and became the only team in AFL history to win three championships. The franchise recorded the best record in the 10-year history of the American Football League, highlighted by a win in Super Bowl IV. Although the Minnesota Vikings were heavily favored in Super Bowl IV, Kansas City upset the NFL champions 23-7 to complete the AFL vs. NFL portion of the Super Bowl series tied at two wins each. It was the last game ever played by an AFL team.The Texans-Chiefs' 10-season AFL record of 92-50-5 was the best of any AFL team. Head coach Hank Stram became the only man to serve as a head coach throughout the AFL's history.

The Kansas City Chiefs joined the National Football League when the two League merged in 1970.In 1971 Stram led the Chiefs to the American Football Conference (AFC) Western Division title in their second year in the league. That year, in a double-overtime divisional playoff game on Christmas Day, the Miami Dolphins defeated Kansas City in the longest game in NFL history. It lasted 82 minutes 40 seconds. The Christmas Day double-overtime playoff loss to Miami, would be their last playoff appearance until the 1986 Chiefs captured a wild-card playoff berth, having only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986.They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years.

The Chiefs were perennial playoff contenders under coach Marty Schottenheimer from 1989-1998.Marty Schottenheimer became coach after new President and General Manager Carl Peterson, hired him in 1989. With Schottenheimer, the Cheifs would collect 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).In 2001, former Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams head coach Dick Vermeil took over the reins as Chiefs head coach. Vermeil is the ninth head coach in the 44-year history of the franchise. Vermeil came to Kansas City while on a coaching hiatus, after winning Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams.


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The Kansas City cheifs have retired the numbers #3 Jan Stenerud (Placekicker), #16 Len Dawson (Quarterback), #28 Abner Haynes (Running Back),#33 Stone Johnson (Running Back),#36 Mack Lee Hill (Running Back),#63 Willie Lanier (Linebacker), #78 Bobby Bell (Linebacker) and #86 Buck Buchanan (Defense Tackle. The Kansas City Cheifs home stadium is the Arrowhead Stadium, which was opened on August 12, 1972 and seats 79,451.


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