Hello Arrowhead Pride, my name is Scott K and I am a Philly guy, currently a contributor for SBN Philly (philly.sbnation.com) and a writer for The Brotherly Game (www.brotherlygame.com). I've been reading AP for a bit now and wanted to post something but never could figure out what to do. A while ago I told Joel that I'd get around to writing a KC-Philly piece and here it is. The following is a look at players who have started for either team and then at some point made the trip across the Midwest to Philly or leaving the Northeast and playing in Kansas City.
From Philly to KC:
From KC to Philly:
*denotes player was drafted by Eagles
**denotes player was drafted by Chiefs
+denotes player was drafted by both teams
The three things that immediately stuck out to me were:
(1) John Welbourn started a large amount of games for both teams. After becoming a stalwart of the Eagles offensive line in the early 2000s (56 starts between 1999 and 2003), Welbourn made his way to Kansas City after a trade in 2004. Post trade Welbourn started only 23 games between 2004 to 2006, Welbourn did manage to start all 16 games in 2007. Though he hasn't played a down of football in the NFL since, Welbourn is still currently listed as a free agent and has yet to retire.
(2) KC and Philly both knew talent when they saw it. As noted above, both Ed Budde and Otis Taylor were drafted by the Chiefs and the Eagles in the same year. Budde and Taylor went on to have fantastic careers. Taylor was named to the all-AFL team in 1966 and two All-Pro teams (1971 and 1972). Budde is the second longest tenured Chiefs player with 14 seasons, only behind punter Jerrel Wilson, who put in 15 seasons for the Chiefs. Budde was drafted by the Eagles 4th overall in the 1963 NFL draft and 8th overall by the Chiefs in the same draft (then the Chiefs were the Dallas Texans). I denoted Budde as an Eagle first due to the higher draft selection, nothing more (I wanted him on the list). Taylor was drafted in the 4th round, 29th overall, by the Chiefs in the 1965 AFL draft and in the 15th round, 203rd overall, of the NFL draft by the Eagles in the same year.
(3) The various other players are mostly long time AFL/NFL journeymen. The most notable of these team jumpers for the Eagles is Shawn Barber, who was part of the infamous play that allowed Joe Jurevicius to score and dash the hopes of the Eagles in 2002 (TAMPA! GAHHHHH!) For the Chiefs the most notable player would be Carlos Carson, who put up respectable numbers for ten years before ending his career with the Eagles in 1989.
Enjoy the game!