The Chiefs got their start in 1960, but back then, they were known as the Dallas Texans. While based in the Lone Star state, they won the ’62 AFL Championship against the Houston Oilers in a double-overtime game that still stands as one of the longest in pro football history. Despite the team's burgeoning success, the Dallas market just couldn’t support two franchises (the other being the Cowboys), so Kansas City, Missouri's mayor, H. Roe Bartle, invited owner Lamar Hunt to move there in 1963. Excited fans voted on the squad’s moniker, honoring Bartle by giving them his nickname (“the Chief”).
Most of the origin stories of how the Super Bowl got its name involve Lamar Hunt. Though disputed by some, a popular one often repeated is that after the AFL/NFL merger in 1966, commissioner Pete Rozelle met with the owners to discuss a championship game, but there was confusion about whether he meant the respective AFL/NFL title games or the final contest between the two leagues. Recalling a memory of his kids playing with a popular toy, the Super Ball, Hunt responded with "Super Bowl," not thinking it'd be taken seriously. At first, it was dubbed the “AFL/NFL World Championship Game,” but Hunt’s comment caught the attention of headline writers everywhere. “Super Bowl” was officially adopted after the first two championships, and both of those matchups were retroactively named Super Bowls I and II.
The Chiefs call Arrowhead Stadium home, which boasts beautiful architecture and work from regional artists. But of course, fans really flock there to see football, get entertained by mascot KC Wolf and make some noise. In 2013, the venue set a new Guinness World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar (137.5 decibels) after a huge fourth-quarter sack of Oakland’s quarterback (the Chiefs often play tug-of-war with Seattle for this record).
Even though they endured their fair share of disappointing seasons, the Chiefs’ powerful history can’t be denied. They appeared in the very first AFL/NFL World Championship Game in 1967, but were defeated by Vince Lombardi’s Packers. A few years later, they became World Champions in Super Bowl IV against the heavily favored Vikings; Johnny Robinson had a fumble recovery and an interception while playing with three broken ribs!
For the most part, the ‘70s and ‘80s were a slow time for the Chiefs, but things really started to turn around in the ‘90s; once they started winning consistently, Arrowhead marked a sellout streak that topped 100 games, taking them into 2008. Two future Hall of Famers joined the team in ’93 (Joe Montana and Marcus Allen), and during his brief tenure with the Chiefs, Montana showed his magic by leading them to some brilliant comebacks.
In this century, the squad is poised to continue its success. In 2004, they were the first team in NFL history to have three different running backs (Larry Johnson, Derrick Blaylock and Priest Holmes) with 150-yard rushing games in the same season. And when Andy Reid became coach in 2013, they acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the ‘49ers, and the team won nine consecutive games to start.
The Chiefs’ rich history, spectacular stadium, and star players make this one team fans are proud to rally around in Kansas City.