Category Archives: Kansas City Chiefs

Celebrating Dave Grayson

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Dave Grayson, the AFL’s career interception leader, passed away on Saturday, July 29.  A memorial service was held for him today in his hometown of San Diego.   Grayson graduated from San Diego’s Lincoln High School, the same school that produced Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis.  From there he went to San Diego City College and then University of Oregon, before beginning his professional career with the Dallas Texans in 1961.  Grayson moved with the Texans to Kansas City, where he stayed through 1964, when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.  His last game in professional football was in 1970, still with the Raiders. read more

An Interview with the Chiefs Noland Smith

The Kansas City Chiefs of the late 1960s were one of the dominant teams in AFL history.  They had future Hall of Fame members on offense, defense, and special teams.  Their owner and head coach have busts in Canton, and one could argue that the induction of at least four other team members is long overdue.

Mixed up in all of that greatness was an outstanding kick returner as well.  Standing just 5’5″ among the greats of the game, it is understandable how Noland Smith may be overlooked.  But he proved on many occasions that he deserved a spot alongside his massive teammates.  In his short, 39-game career, Smith led the AFL in yards-per-kick-off-return (1967) and yards-per-punt-return (1968).  He had a 106-yard kick off return for a touchdown as a rookie, and returned a punt for 80 yards and six points the following year.  He led the AFL in both kick off & punt returns, and in kick off & punt return yardage in 1967. read more

Remembering the Chiefs’ Mack Lee Hill

I have long had an interest in the handful of players who passed away as members of AFL teams.  There were a surprising number of them – Howard Glenn, Ralph Anderson, Bob Laraba, Stone Johnson, Mack Lee Hill, Bob Kalsu and Frank Buncom.  As players they made various contributions to their teams, yet none had the opportunity to reach their full potential, as their lives were cut short in one fashion or another. read more

Super Bowl I – 50th Anniverary

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January 15, 1967.  The day of the first AFL-NFL Championship game, later to be referred to as Super Bowl I.  An historic day for sure, although the Packers victory might still stick in the craw of AFL fans.  Original images from that game are relatively easy to come by now, especially with the dismantling of newspaper photo archives across the country.  Still, they are a treat to own, and a bit of history that a fan can hold in his hands.  I’ve been fortunate to acquire four shots taken by a fan, from his family’s seats that day, as well as a handful or original slides and prints.  They, and images of many other AFL topics, are always available for viewing in the Photo Galleries on this site. read more

1963 Kansas City Chiefs Highlight Reel

I was bouncing around YouTube this evening when I stumbled across this Chiefs highlight reel from 1963, their first year in Kansas City.  This team, which had won an AFL championship the previous season in their final incarnation as the Dallas Texans, finished in third place in the AFL Western Division with a 5-7-2 record.  After starting the season with a 59-7 drubbing of the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs tied Buffalo, lost to the Chargers and beat the Oilers for a respectable 2-1-1 record after four games.  Six losses and a tie later however, and the Chiefs were too far behind the Chargers and Raiders to have any hope of taking a second consecutive division title. read more