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Should the Chiefs have to “earn their Arrowheads?”

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The Cleveland Browns (now run by former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey) are doing something interesting this offseason.

Browns officials are making their players earn their stripes. No—the actual stripes on their helmets.

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The Browns have been practicing without the stripe decal all offseason, and that will continue into the preseason, per the official team website.

Browns players won’t receive decals until they make the final 53-man roster.

“The guys that put them on their helmets that get a chance to wear them, it’s going to be because they demonstrate the characteristics that we’re looking for in Cleveland Browns players,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said. “That’s the way we’re going to play and conduct ourselves and go out and win football games.”

The idea of earning stripes is more commonly seen at the college level, but I have a feeling this is more of a culture-change thing—don’t forget this is a team that just went 0-16 last season.

It did get me thinking, however.

What if the Chiefs distributed helmets without the Arrowhead during preseason and training camp? Only players that made the final roster would earn the decal. Todd Haley tried it back in 2009 (obviously the practice didn’t pan out then).

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Many of you know this, but for those who don’t, the Arrowhead logo dates back to the origins of the team’s move to Kansas City back in 1963.

From Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports by Michael MacCambridge:

In the kitchen of his Dallas apartment, Lamar sketched out the team’s new logo on a napkin, placing the elongated, interlocking “K” and “C” inside a white arrowhead. Soon enough, the silhouette of the state of Texas came off the red helmets, and the arrowheads went on.

I’ll be honest. I kind of like the idea.

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