In a parallel universe, the Dallas Texans of the American Football League stayed put and went defunct competing with the Dallas Cowboys. Or they bolted to New Orleans, where owner Lamar Hunt saw fertile ground and seemed inclined to move his franchise had he not been persuaded otherwise.
Instead, 50 years ago Thursday, the Texans ditched Dallas and morphed into the Kansas City Chiefs, now an incalculably valuable icon of the city, as synonymous with the landscape as barbecue, the Country Club Plaza and jazz.
"As it turned out," said Jack Steadman, then the team's general manager, "it was the smartest decision that Lamar could have made."
Clark Hunt: "My Dad Was A Great Father" from The Mothership
While great fathers have their own unique parenting styles, Lamar Hunt believed actions were more effective than words, which motivated his way of living.
"He was somebody who led by example," Clark Hunt shared. "More so than somebody who was prone to giving lectures, but it would be to treat others as you would want to be treated and it was something that came very naturally to him. It was a great example that he gave to me and my siblings and it's something that I think about often."
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Documentary Shows DeSean Jackson From Childhood To NFL from Philly.com
There's footage of DeSean's speed as a child, running past every youth player amid proclamations even before puberty that DeSean would be a star.
The film shows DeSean visiting the Kansas City Chiefs while still in high school, even lining up to catch passes with NFL receivers. He met Dick Vermeil and received advice from a Chiefs scout.
Beaufort County is a buzz with football festivities this weekend and Terrance Copper's camp was the story Saturday. The former Washington High School star and ECU standout returned to the east with around ten other NFL players.
"It feels good to be able to come to my hometown and give back," said Copper.
NFL Players Descend On Washington from WITN
Friday was NFL day on the Washington waterfront with more than a dozen NFL players, many of them local guys, out signing autographs before their celebrity basketball game in the evening, and free football camp Saturday at Washington High School.
Dozens of kids showed up to learn from the former All-American safety. Berry, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, says he started the idea because they didn't have camps for younger boys when he was growing up.
AFC West: Who Can Challenge The Denver Broncos For The Title from Golden Gate Sports
The team that jumps out as a possible surprise this year is the Kansas City Chiefs. They have a new quarterback and a new head coach heading into this season. Kansas City has been plagued with inconsistent quarterback play for the last several seasons, and it has been the main reason this team has struggled lately. They added Alex Smith in a trade with San Francisco. Smith should provide the Chiefs with a much steadier hand under center, which should help to open up the running game with a more consistent passing attack.
Allen Sacking His Way To The Hall Of Fame from Viking Update
Last year during an interview with Viking Update, Jared Allen was asked if he thought he has a Hall of Fame career. He said he had started giving it thought because he was getting closer to his early NFL hero - Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen was quick to admit that sacks are the universal measuring stick of defensive ends and outside linebackers, and seasons with double-digit sacks are the bar that those players need to exceed to be viewed as Hall of Fame material.
Shakeups Abound Across NFL from NY Post
Reid didn't stay unemployed for long, immediately landing with the Chiefs for what could be a quick turnaround. Kansas City sent a whopping six players to the Pro Bowl despite finishing 2-14, and Reid immediately acquired a quality starting quarterback via trade (Alex Smith) and a promising offensive tackle (Eric Fisher) with the No. 1 overall pick.
If Reid doesn't overdose on his new city's famous barbecue first, he could be the toast of football-crazy Kansas City in short order.
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*Some of the coaches in Kansas City had to have a word with Dwayne Bowe about his stated goal of leading the league in receiving. While they appreciate Bowe's enthusiasm and ambition, they want him to understand Andy Reid's offense doesn't work that way. Never has. Probably never will. Reid likes to spread the ball around to multiple targets and take what the defense gives them. He won't be looking to use Bowe the way the Lions use Calvin Johnson. And you might want to keep that in mind during your Fantasy Football drafts.