Kansas City Chiefs running backs Mike Garrett (21) and Curtis McClinton (32) line up during Super Bowl I, a 35-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (via www.hworth.net)
You know you're getting into the nitty gritty of Kansas City Chiefs' history when you find a name misspelling of a cornerback who didn't register any stats with the team. Chiefs web team, it's Tahan Lewis, not Tahuan. No "u" in there you see.
We have 16 players to review this morning, which means that the info on each was a bit light because I'm only getting up at 6 AM to do these posts, not any earlier. I'm working on close to an hour and a half already with this post.
The current #21 is RB Kolby Smith, who does have a good chance to put up similar numbers to say a Mike Garrett in his career. To surpass Garrett though in Chiefs' lore, Kolby would have to snag one of those Super Bowl rings. Maybe Damon Huard showed Kolby his rings when he was a Chief.
- CB Hise Austin (1975)
- S Martin Bayless (1992-93, ʼ95-96)
- RB Clark Gaines (1981-82)
- RB Mike Garrett (1966-70)
- WR Dennis Homan (1971-72)
- CB Garry Lewis (1993)
- CB Tahuan Lewis (1992)
- S Odis McKinney (1985)
- RB Arnold Morgado (1977-80)
- RB Tommy Reamon (1976)
- RB James Saxon (1988-91)
- RB John Stephens (1993)
- RB Ralph Stockemer (1987)
- RB Jon Vaughan (1994)
- DB David Webster (1960-61)
- S Jerome Woods (1996-04)
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CB Hise Austin (1975)
A 6'4" cornerback out of Prairie View College, Austin was an 8th round draft pick in 1973 by the Green Bay Packers. He shows up in the Chiefs' stat lines in 1975, when he played in three games and recovered a fumble.
S Martin Bayless (1992-93, ʼ95-96)
Drafted in 1984, Bayless was a Buffalo Bill and a San Diego Charger before coming to KC in 1992. He started 26 games at safety from 1992-1993, snagging three INTs and forcing two fumbles.
Bayless went to the Redskins for a season before coming back to KC in 1995 and 1996. He only started one game in that time.
RB Clark Gaines (1981-82)
After fives seasons in New York playing fullback for the Jets, Gaines came to KC in 1981 and logged one carry and two receptions in two seasons. In New York, he was a fantastic utility player - rushing, blocking and receiving in addition to playing fantastic on special teams.
RB Mike Garrett (1966-70)
The 1965 Heisman Trophy winner, Garrett was an integral part of the late 1960s Chiefs teams that eventually would win the Super Bowl in 1969. He played four full seasons with the Chiefs before heading to San Diego to finish his career. Here are his career stats as a Chief:
In Super Bowl IV, Garrett had 39 yards rushing and a rushing TD. He also caught two passes for 25 yards and added a kick return of 18 yards.
He was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and did the same next year, in addition to being named All-Pro.
WR Dennis Homan (1971-72)
Homan played the first three seasons of his NFL career in Dallas, before coming to KC in 1971. He played two seasons for the Chiefs, catching fourteen total passes and one touchdown.
CB Garry Lewis (1993)
Lewis appeared to be a special teams defensive player in his four year NFL career. He played in one game for the Chiefs in 1993 and didn't register any stats.
CB Tahan Lewis (1992)
Not much out there on Lewis whatsoever, which make me think he was an undrafted free agent type in 1992. He played in nine games for the Chiefs, starting none of them.
S Odis McKinney (1985)
A second round pick by the Giants in 1978, McKinney was a Giant and a Raider for most of his career. He played a partial season with the Chiefs in 1985, playing in five games and starting one.
RB Arnold Morgado (1977-80)
Coming out of the University of Hawaii, Morgado was a very solid running back for the Chiefs in the late 1970s. He played in 52 games over four seasons in KC, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and fifteen touchdowns.
RB Tommy Reamon (1976)
Coming out of the University of Missouri in 1974, Reamon was drafted by the Steelers but opted instead to play for the World Football League. Well, the league folded and Reamon was a Steeler in 1975. He was traded to the Chiefs in the 1976 pre-season and ended up playing pretty well for the Chiefs that year.
In his one season in KC, Reamon had 103 rushing attempts for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He started four of the eleven games he appeared in for the Chiefs.
In his tenure with Newport News Public Schools, Coach Reamon was noted for helping develop future NFL quarterbacks Aaron Brooks and Michael Vick. He also coached Marcus Vick, Michael's younger brother. Reamon assisted Brooks with his transition to the University of Virginia, and later, each of the Vick brothers at Virginia Tech, where each they received full scholarships.
Reamon also appeared in the movie North Dallas Forty and on several episodes of Charlies' Angels.
RB James Saxon (1988-91)
Saxon was a decent running back for the Chiefs who later came back to the franchise as the runningbacks coach in the early 2000s. In four seasons with the Chiefs, Saxon played in 54 games; started six of them; rushed for 497 yards on 127 carries; and scored five touchdowns.
Saxon was also the Chiefs' runningbacks coach for some of the best Chiefs of all-time:
In Saxon’s seven-year stint with the Chiefs, three different backs earned Pro Bowl status, including running backs Priest Holmes (2001-03) and Larry Johnson (2005-06), as well as fullback Tony Richardson (2003-04). Holmes and Johnson combined for five 1,000-yard rushing seasons over that stretch, while each of the top four and five of the top six single-season rushing performances in Chiefs history were accounted for in Saxon’s tenure with the team.
Not too shabby. That o-line helped just a tad though.
RB John Stephens (1993)
A Patriot for most of his career, Stephens played 7 games for the Chiefs in 1993, only rushing the ball six times that season. Stephens was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1988.
RB Ralph Stockemer (1987)
I'm guessing because Stockemer doesn't have any draft history that he was an undrafted free agent for the Chiefs in 1987. He caught one pass and made one rushing attempt, which made up the stats for his entire NFL career.
RB Jon Vaughan (1994)
After being a Patriot and Seahawk for three seasons, Vaughan quietly ended his NFL career in KC. He registered no stats with the Chiefs.
DB David Webster (1960-61)
Webster had an extremely promising career cut short by a broken leg in a pre-season game in 1962. As a rookie in '61 for the Dallas Texans, had six interceptions and two touchdowns. He followed that next season by catching five more INTs.
Wikipedia has more on his story:
In 1960, "Can Head", as he came to be known by close friends and teammates, was drafted to play football for the Dallas Texans under Pro Football Hall of Fame owner Lamar Hunt and coach Hank Stram. The Dallas Texans later became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1962 when the franchise moved from Texas to Missouri. Even though David was an All-American quarterback in college, he played defensive back because blacks were not allowed to play the quarterback position in the professional football ranks at that time. He paved the way by overcoming racial injustice and adversity as one of the first blacks to play professional football for the American Football League and he was one of two black players on the Texans/Chiefs (in those days, there was a "two blacks per team" quota in effect). Despite the circumstances, he led the team in interceptions and became an AFL All-Pro defensive back in 1962; same year that the Texans won the AFL National Championship. His career came to an abrupt end when his leg was broken in a pre-season game in 1962-1963.
Webster definitely deserves consideration of your vote.
S Jerome Woods (1996-2005)
Woods was the #28 pick by the Chiefs in the 1996 NFL Draft. Woods played his entire career in KC, playing in 128 games and starting 105 of them. He had 15 INTs and two TDs.
Woods was released by the Chiefs in 2006 but couldn't catch on anywhere else. He was re-signed, only for a day, in June 2007 so that he could retire as a Chief.
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#5 - P Louie Aguiar
#6 - RB Warren McVea
#7 - QB Ron Jaworski
#8 - K Nick Lowery
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#20 - S Deron Cherry
Who is the greatest Chief to wear #21?
CB Hise Austin (1 vote)
S Martin Bayless (12 votes)
RB Clark Gaines (1 vote)
S Jerome Woods (236 votes)
RB Mike Garrett (233 votes)
WR Dennis Homan (1 vote)
CB Garry Lewis (0 votes)
CB Tahan Lewis (1 vote)
S Odis McKinney (3 votes)
RB Arnold Morgan (1 vote)
RB Tommy Reamon (0 votes)
RB James Saxon (14 votes)
RB John Stephens (0 votes)
RB Ralph Stockemer (0 votes)
RB Jon Vaughan (0 votes)
Somebody Chris forgot (18 votes)
521 total votes