It's that time of year. A month before the draft and every possible mock scenario has already been hashed and rehashed... several weeks ago. I grow tired of this, and the endless parade of "here's my mock draft" and "who do you guys think we will pick" and for God's sake we now have TWO "projected" rosters for 2010 put up less than 24 hours from each other, including drafted players. Seriously. It's a month before the draft.
After the jump I have something that might help break the monotony of the repetitive nature of recent fanposts. I challenge each and every one of my fellow APers to attempt to come up with unconventional ways to talk Chiefs without predicting a draft pick. At least for now. Seriously, we need to pace ourselves. Tell a story about a Chiefs memory. Write a song or poem. Share interesting or funny Chiefs related pictures. Something. Anything. So. What's my method for distraction?
- Former owner Lamar Hunt was the person who came up with the name Super Bowl for the NFL’s championship game.
- 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.
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 Fransisco 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.
- The Chiefs lost the first-ever Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers, but they came back and won Super Bowl IV versus the Minnesota Vikings.
- The Chiefs won their first game in Arrowhead Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 12, 1972.
- 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.
- On November 11, 1990, his second year in the league, Linebacker Derrick Thomas set the single season record for sacks in a game with 7 vs. the Seahawks.
- 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 in 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.
- The Chiefs have never worn an alternate jersey in a game, although custom jerseys are sold for retail.
- The arrowhead logo design was originally sketched by Lamar Hunt on a napkin. Hunt's inspiration for the interlocking "KC" design was the "SF" inside of an oval on the San Francisco 49ers helmets.
- Dating back to the Chiefs' home opener in 1991, the Chiefs had 156 consecutive sellout games. The streak ended with the final home game of the 2009 season against the Cleveland Browns; resulting in the first local TV blackout in over 19 years.
- Arrowhead Stadium has been the Chiefs' home field since 1972 and has a capacity of 77,000, which makes it the fourth largest stadium in the NFL.
- Arrowhead has long held a reputation for being one of the toughest and loudest outdoor stadiums for opposing players to play in. All noise is directly attributed to its fans and was once measured at 116 decibels by the Acoustical Design Group of Mission, Kansas. By way of comparison, take-off of aircraft may lead to a sound level of 106 decibels at the ground.
- Sports Illustrated named Arrowhead Stadium the "toughest place to play" for opposing teams in 2005.
- K. C. Wolf was the league's first mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006.
- The franchise was founded in 1959 by Lamar Hunt after a failed attempt by Hunt to purchase an NFL franchise and relocate them to Texas. Hunt purchased the team for $25,000 in 1960.