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The Chiefs once wanted to sign Wilt Chamberlain

Let’s file this one under: It’s new to me.

Way, way back in the day, Super Bowl winning Chiefs coach Hank Stram offered a contract to ... Wilt Chamberlain.

Yes, that Wilt Chamberlain.

This tryout was mentioned briefly in an article in our Arrowheadlines this week and I did some Googling to confirm and, yep, Hank Stram wanted Wilt Chamberlain.

"I had him stand under the crossbar of the goal posts. I told him I was going to throw the football a little above the bar. The first throw touched the bar and bounced on over. Wilt asked me if I wanted him to start catching the ball. . . .

"I threw again and he leaped up, flat-footed, and caught it. I kept throwing. After a bit he was catching the ball with one hand like he was wearing a baseball glove.

"How could you possibly defense him? You'd have to have a 7-foot defensive back. . . . I was all ready to sign him for the Kansas City Chiefs, but his basketball club had other plans for him."

The comments section will eventually turn into which NBA player would do well in the NFL. The answer is LeBron James.

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