Category Archives: Lamar Hunt
One of the central themes of American Football League history is the AFL’s whole-hearted inclusion of minority athletes. AFL teams went into the historically black colleges and drafted immense amounts of talent – Ernie Ladd, Buck Buchanan, Otis Taylor and Willie Brown – just to name a few. In the following article, Chiefs historian Bob Moore talks about Lamar Hunt and his staff’s ideas and actions with black players. The Chiefs were one AFL team, along with the Chargers and Raiders in particular, who attempted to win with the best players they could find, not just the best white players.
Fifty years ago, the Lamar Hunt and the leadership of the Texans decided to forgo the fight for Dallas, and move their team to Kansas City. The move came as a shock to many in and around the organization, as it appeared that the Texans were becoming a better team that their NFL counterparts, the Dallas Cowboys.
A great article was recently written by Vahe Gregorian titled, Fifty years ago, the Chiefs found a home in Kansas City.
I have been seeing various Mt. Rushmore-type lists for a handful of NFL teams recently. It seems to be a trendy thing to name the four most important figures or players in a particular team’s history. It got me thinking about who would belong on a Mt. Rushmore for the American Football League. I had initially thought it would be a pretty easy exercise – Namath, Alworth, Blanda and Bell, perhaps? I think the first two are pretty solid, but spots #3 and #4 would probably be contested.
I was looking around YouTube for some new AFL videos, and stumbled across this fantastic bit of coverage from the Chiefs locker room immediatley after they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. I had never seen this clip before, and was excited to watch the interviews with Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt and especially Jerry Mays. Mays was a dominant defensive end, and member of the AFL’s All-Time Team, but despite that recognition is largely unknown by younger generations of football fans. Jerry Mays died of cancer in 1994, but this glimpse into the past brings him right back with us.
Much has been written about the early battles between the fresh-faced American Football League, and their rivals, the long-established National Football League. Readers with an interest can find texts dedicated to the founding of the AFL, the AFL in the early years, the AFL/NFL merger, and all of the various subcategories that pertain to both leagues. However, it wasn’t until just recently that fans could easily find the story of one of the greatest battles within the AFL/NFL war, the fight between the Cowboys and Texans for the love and support of the Dallas football fan.