The NFL turned him down, so Hunt then established the American Football League and started his own team, the Dallas Texans, to begin play in 1960. Hunt hired a little-known assistant coach from the University of Miami football team, Hank Stram, to be the team’s head coach. Hunt chose Stram after the offer was declined by Bud Wilkinson and Tom Landry. The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL’s cross-town competition Dallas Cowboys for three seasons. While the team averaged a league-best 24,500 at the Cotton Bowl, the Texans gained less attention due to the league’s relatively unknown existence.
The 1962 American Football League Championship Game was played on December 23 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Texas. The host Houston Oilers (11–3) of the Eastern Division were trying for their third consecutive AFL title, matched against the Western Division’s Dallas Texans, also at 11–3.
The Championship game turned out to be the last game the team would play as the Dallas Texans. Despite competing against a Cowboys team that managed only a 9–28–3 record in their first three seasons, Hunt decided that the Dallas–Fort Worth media market could not sustain two professional football franchises. He considered moving the Texans to either Atlanta or Miami for the 1963 season. However, he was ultimately swayed by an offer from Kansas City Mayor Harold Roe Bartle. Bartle promised to triple the franchise’s season ticket sales and expand the seating capacity of Municipal Stadium to accommodate the team.
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 their current name “Chiefs.”
Dallas – Kansas City
1970 – Present / National Football League
1960 – 1970 / American Football League
1963 – Present / Kansas City Chiefs
1960 – 1962 / Dallas Texans
Texans – The NFL turned Lamar Hunt down, so he then established the American Football League and started his own team called the “Dallas Texans,” to begin play in 1960. A texans is a resident of the state of Texas.
Super Bowl 0
AFL Championship 1
1972 – Present / Arrowhead Stadium
1963 – 1971 / Municipal Stadium
1960 – 1962 / Cotton Bowl
2006 – Present / Hunt family, led by Clark Hunt
1960 – 2006 / Lamar Hunt
3 Jan Stenerud
16 Len Dawson
18 Emmitt Thomas
28 Abner Haynes
33 Stone Johnson
36 Mack Lee Hill
58 Derrick Thomas
63 Willie Lanier
78 Bobby Bell
86 Buck Buchanan
*Blue is this team’s history