The Kansas City Chiefs are an American professional NFL football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The team was founded in 1960 by businessman Lamar Hunt. In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and became the officially named Kansas City Chiefs. The team is considered valued at over $2 billion. Hunt’s son, Clark, serves as chairman and CEO and represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has the final authority on personnel changes.
The Chiefs have won three AFL championships, in 1962, 1966, and 1969 respectively, and became the second AFL team to defeat an NFL team in Super Bowl IV. The team’s victory on January 11, 1970, remains the club’s last championship game victory. The Chiefs were also the second team, after the Green Bay Packers, to appear in more than one Super Bowl.
The Chiefs’ first mascot was Warpaint, a nickname given to several different breeds of pinto horse. Warpaint served as the team’s mascot from 1963 to 1988. The first Warpaint was ridden bareback by rider Bob Johnson who wore a full Native American headdress. Warpaint circled the field at the beginning of each Chiefs home game and galloped victory laps following each Chiefs touchdown.
The Chiefs’ uniform color and design has essentially remained constant throughout the club’s history. It consists of a red helmet, and either red or white jerseys with the opposite color numbers and names. White pants were used with both jerseys from 1960 to 1967 and 1989 to 1999. Beginning in 2009, the team has alternated between white and red pants for away games during the season. Prior to September 15, 2013, the Chiefs always wore white pants with their red jerseys.
Since the team’s inception in 1960, the Chiefs have employed a cheer-leading squad. The all-female squad of the early days were referred to as the Chiefettes. From 1986 to 1992, the cheerleader squad experimented with a mix of men and women. However, since 1993, the squad became all-female again and has been known as the Chiefs Cheerleaders.
Hall of Fame – Kansas City Chiefs
The Pro Football Hall of Fame consists of 19 inductees that have spent at least some portion of their career with the Chiefs. Eleven of these hall-of-famers spent the major part of their careers with the Chiefs. Nine of the Chiefs in the Hall of Fame were involved with the Chiefs during their Super Bowl Championship season of 1969. The Chiefs also have 2 contributors, 2 coaches, and 15 players in the Hall of Fame.
The Chiefs enjoy one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Kansas City is the sixth-smallest media market with an NFL team, but they can boast the second-highest attendance average record over the last decade. The Chiefs averaged 77,300 fans per game from 1996 to 2006, second in the NFL behind the Washington Redskins. The franchise has an official fan club called Chiefs Kingdom which gives members VIP opportunities and promotional benefits.
Since 1972, Arrowhead Stadium has been the Chiefs’ home field.