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. 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 ...
The franchise became one of the strongest teams in the now thriving American Football League, with the most playoff appearances for an AFL team (tied with the Oakland Raiders), and the most AFL Championships (three). 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. In the ...
Contrary to common belief, it was not the AFL, but the NFL that initiated discussions for a merger between the two leagues, as it was fearful that Davis’ “take no prisoners” tactics would seriously reduce its talent base. Tex Schramm, the general manager of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys since 1960, secretly contacted AFL owners, led by Lamar Hunt of Kansas ...
Super Bowl IV, the fourth AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, was played on January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs defeated the National Football League (NFL) champion Minnesota Vikings by the score of 23–7. This victory by the AFL squared the Super Bowl series with ...
In 1972, the Chiefs moved into the newly constructed Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex outside of Downtown Kansas City. The team’s first game at Arrowhead was against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game in which the Chiefs won 24–14. Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. Part of the Truman Sports ...
Lamar Hunt died December 13, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas of complications related to prostate cancer. The Chiefs honored their owner for the remainder of the season, as did the rest of the league. Upon his death, his son Clark Hunt was named chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Super Bowl LIV was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2019 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion Kansas City Chiefs defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers 31–20, marking their first Super Bowl victory since Super Bowl IV and the Chiefs’ first NFL championship since ...
History of the Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs 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 spring 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, and the team is valued at over $2 billion. Hunt's son, Clark Hunt, serves as chairman and CEO. While the elder Hunt's ownership stakes passed 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.
Dallas - Kansas City
1970 - Present / National Football League
1960 - 1970 / American Football League
1963 - Present / Kansas City Chiefs
1960 - 1962 / Dallas Texans
Chiefs - Some of the rejected names included the Mules, the Stars and the Royals. Owner Lamar Hunt picked Chiefs as a nickname to honor Kansas City mayor Roe “The Chief” Bartle for his efforts in securing the team. Bartle promised to enlarge Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium and guaranteed Hunt three times as many season ticket sales as his club had in Dallas.
Super Bowl 2
AFL Championship 0
1972 - Present / Arrowhead Stadium
1963 - 1971 / Municipal Stadium
1960 - 1962 / Cotton Bowl
2006 - Present / Hunt family, led by Clark Hunt
1960 - 2006 / Lamar Hunt
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
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