Kansas City Chiefs

Facts and information about the Kansas City Chiefs

  • In his first game as quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, Alex Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 173 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and helped the team to a 28-2 victory over the Jaguars.
  • The third touchdown Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ever scored in the NFL came in a 2009 win over the Steelers when he returned a kickoff 97 yards for the score.
  • The first three quarterbacks Kansas City would select in the first round of the draft were Pete Beathard out of USC in 1964, Steve Fuller out of Clemson in 1979, and Todd Blackledge out of Penn State in 1983.
  • Former owner Lamar Hunt was the person who came up with the name Super Bowl for the NFL’s championship game.
  • The last touchdown pass of NFL legend Joe Montana’s career was a 47 yarder that was caught by Chiefs wide receiver Willie Davis.
  • In 1964, Abner Haynes became the first Chiefs player to ever gain more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
  • The first three AFL Championships were all won by teams from Texas.  The Houston Oilers won in 1960 and 1961, then the Dallas Texans would win it all in 1962 before moving to Kansas City and becoming the Chiefs the very next year.
  • The first non-quarterback to throw more than one touchdown pass for the Chiefs was running back Marcus Allen who threw one in 1996 and then did it again in 1997.
  • In eight seasons with the Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe caught TD passes from seven different quarterbacks: Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Quinn Gray, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, and Alex Smith.

  • Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez went over the 100 yard receiving mark in a game 31 times during his career. He did it 26 times in Kansas City and five times after joining the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt had the longest punt of the year in the NFL twice, first with an 81 yarder in 2007 and then with a 72 yarder in 2010.
  • 2010 saw Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe lead the entire NFL with 15 touchdown receptions.
  • The most sacked quarterback in Kansas City Chiefs history is Bill Kenney.  From 1980 to 1988, Kenny was sacked 191 times.
  • In 1972, the Chiefs won their first game played in Arrowhead Stadium when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-14.
  • The first NFL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame was K.C. Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.
  • While known as the Dallas Texans during their first three seasons in football, the team that would become the Chiefs played their home games in the famous Cotton Bowl.
  • Chiefs running back, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Marcus Allen scored 11 rushing touchdowns during the 1997 season.  Each time he scored, he was breaking his own record for the oldest running back in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown.  He was 37 years old at the time.  That mark has since been broke by Fred McAfee of the Saints who scored a rushing touchdown at the age of 38.
  • On December 21, 1980, Bill Kenney became the first rookie Chiefs quarterback ever to have a 300 yard game when he completed 17 of 28 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Jamaal Charles scored his first postseason touchdown on January 9, 2011 when he ran one in from 41 yards out in a loss to the Ravens. It was the Chiefs only touchdown of the game.

  • A 2003 trade between the Chiefs and Steelers saw the Chiefs receive a pick they would eventually use on Larry Johnson and the Steelers receive a pick they would eventually use on Troy Polamalu.
  • In his first season as Chiefs quarterback in 2013, Alex Smith was called for seven penalties. Five times he was called for delay of game and twice for intentional grounding.
  • The first member of the Chiefs ever to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was owner and founder Lamar Hunt who went in with the 1972 class.  The first Chiefs player inducted was linebacker Bobby Bell in 1983.
  • 1972 saw linebacker Willie Lanier win the NFL Man of the Year Award.  Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson would win the award the very next year.  This was the first, and through 2010 only, time two players from one team won the award in back to back years.
  • The only player in history to wear number 28 for the Chiefs is running back Abner Haynes.  He wore it from the team’s first year in the league in 1960 through the 1964 season and it was later retired in his honor.  This is one of just two possible jersey numbers that have been worn by only one Chiefs player ever.
  • Len Dawson is the only Chiefs player in history to have ever worn the number 16.  Nobody wore it in the team’s first two seasons, 1960 and 1961, and then Dawson wore it from 1962 to 1975.  It was retired in his honor shortly after his playing days were over.  There is just one other jersey number that has only been worn by one player ever for the Chiefs.
  • Jeremy Maclin topped the 100 yard receiving mark for the Chiefs for the first time in just his third game after joining the team. It came in a September 28, 2015 loss to the Packers when he caught eight balls for 141 yards and a touchdown.
  • The longest touchdown run of Chiefs running back Larry Johnson’s career came in a 37-3 win over the Bengals in 2006 when he ran one in from 49 yards out.
  • During his four seasons as quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassell threw touchdown passes to 16 different players: Dwayne Bowe, Mark Bradley, Bobby Wade, Sean Ryan, Mike Vrabel, Chris Chambers, Leonard Pope, Jamaal Charles, Tim Castille, Tony Moeaki, Dexter McCluster, Verran Tucker, Steve Breaston, Jonathan Baldwin, Le’Ron McClain, and Kevin Boss.
  • The Chiefs were the first team to appear in the Super Bowl in two different decades.
  • The Chiefs won more AFL Championships, a total of three, than any other team in that league.
  • For winning the AFC Championship game a team is awarded the Lamar Hunt Trophy, named for the founder and original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs organization won three AFL Championship games, the most of any team in the AFL; the first one while they were still known as the Dallas Texans.

  • During the five seasons that Marcus Allen played for the Chiefs (1993-1997), Kansas City won more games than any other NFL franchise.
  • One time Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer holds the distinction of being the coach who has the most wins during the Super Bowl era (1966 to present) but has never coached a team in the Super Bowl.

  • Original Chiefs head coach Hank Stram’s father was a professional wrestler.

  • Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s first job in coaching was in 1982 as a graduate assistant at Brigham Young University. His first NFL job was as tight ends coach with the Green Bay Packers in 1992.
  • The first Chiefs player to catch a TD pass from Alex Smith was Jamaal Charles with a two yard scoring toss in a win over the Cowboys in 2013.
  • During the 1989 season, Ron Jaworski started two games at quarterback for the Chiefs while the center position was occupied by future hall-of-famer Mike Webster. At the time this formed the oldest center-quarterback combo to play at the same time.

  • Super Bowl IV, in which the Chiefs defeated the Vikings, marked the first time that a head coach carried a microphone during the big game.

  • The Chiefs were the first team in the NFL to use Gatorade on the sideline of a regular season game.

  • In a 1968 victory against the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs ran the ball 60 times for over 300 yards while only passing the ball three times for a total of 16 yards.

  • Former Chiefs head coach Hank Stram owns the distinction of being named Coach of the Year at four different levels; high school, junior college, NCAA Division I, and the NFL.

  • Hall-of-Fame Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson coach/player relationship with the legendary Hank Stram started prior to their positions with Kansas City. Stram was an assistant coach on the Purdue Boilermakers staff when Dawson played college football there.

  • Hall-of-Fame Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson was a first round draft pick, but after his first five years in the NFL (with Pittsburgh and Cleveland) he had only completed 21 passes for a little over 200 yards. His career fortunes changed when signing with the Dallas Texans (who would later become the Chiefs) of the AFL in 1962.

  • For a time with both the 49ers and the Chiefs, Joe Montana’s backup quarterback was Steve Bono.

  • Joe Montana had worn jersey number 16 for his entire time with the San Francisco 49ers and upon his trade to the Kansas City Chiefs was in need of a new number. The number 16 had been retired by the Chiefs in honor of former quarterback Len Dawson. Dawson offered to let Montana wear number 16 and Montana said no and chose number 19 instead.

  • Shortly after becoming Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dick Vermeil traded with the St. Louis Rams for Quarterback Trent Green. When he had previously been Head Coach of St. Louis, Vermeil had traded with the Washington Redskins to get Trent Green.
  • The Chiefs were founded in 1960 in Dallas and originally called the Dallas Texans.
  • The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963 and became the Chiefs; the move came the very next year after winning the AFL Championship.
  • One of the alternate names to Chiefs that were offered was the Kansas City Mules.
  • During the Chiefs entire stay in the American Football League (AFL), lasting 1960-1969, they only had one coach: Hank Stram.
  • Elvis Grbac, accomplishing the feat in 1999 and 2000, was the first Chiefs quarterback to have more than one 3,000 yard season while playing for the team.
  • 1997 saw Kansas City send a first, third, fourth, and sixth round draft pick to Tennessee in exchange for a first and fourth round pick. The Chiefs would use those picks to take two players from the same school, the University of California, All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez and quarterback Pat Barnes.
  • The Chiefs won their first game in Arrowhead Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The Chiefs lost their final game in old Municipal Stadium, a 27-24 playoff loss to the Dolphins. They would then go on to not make the playoffs for the next fifteen years.
  • In 1993, the Chiefs roster was bolstered by the additions of two future Hall-of-Famers; Joe Montana and Marcus Allen.
  • The original Dallas Texans logo was a white outline of the State of Texas with a yellow star where the city of Dallas is located.
  • In a December 1971 double overtime playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, Running Back Ed Podolak gathered 350 all-purpose yards.
  • In 1990, his second year in the league, Linebacker Derrick Thomas set the single season record for sacks in a game with 7.
  • In 1995 Steve Bono set the record for longest run by a Quarterback with a 76 yard scramble against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • During the 2003 season Dante Hall returned four kicks for touchdowns.
  • Due to the rescheduling of a game because of Hurricane Wilma, the Chiefs became the only team ever to travel and play in a road game on the same day, beating the Miami Dolphins.
  • Oakland Raiders great Marcus Allen scored the 100th rushing touchdown of his career as a member of the Chiefs.
  • Longtime Chiefs Kicker Jan Stenerud was the first, and so far only, pure Kicker elected to the Hall-of-Fame.
  • Hall-of-Famer Mike Webster played Center for the Chiefs while also holding the position of Offensive Line Coach.
  • Though not officially retired, the number 37 has not been worn by a member of the Kansas City Chiefs since the death of former Running Back Joe Delaney.
  • Linebacker Derrick Thomas died due to complications coming from an automobile accident following the 1999 season. His jersey was retired and he was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall-of-Fame in 2001.
  • Between 1970 and 2006, 1983 was the only year that the Chiefs did not induct anyone into their own Hall-of-Fame.
  • Gunther Cunningham filled the role of Kansas City’s Defensive Coordinator both before and after his two year stint as Head Coach of the Chiefs.

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