Category Archives: Lamar Hunt

Remembering the Chiefs’ Jerry Mays

Amidst hall of fame teammates on offense, defense and special teams played a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs by the name of Jerry Mays. Standing 6’4″ and weighing in at 252 lbs, the Dallas Texas native became a local hero when he signed with the hometown Texans out of Southern Methodist University.

By all accounts Jerry Mays was a special person. A phenomenal player with a work ethic that set him apart from most others, he quickly became one of the league’s best at his position. He earned First Team All-Pro honors in just his second season, and was honored with the first of his seven trips to the AFL All-Star or NFL Pro Bowl Games. In fact, so beloved was Mays that when he considered retiring early to join his father in the construction business, a local dairy printed a form letter on the side of milk cartons that fans could sign and send to Mays. He was inundated with requests to rejoin the team, and soon ended his thoughts of leaving the game. read more

The First AFL Draft

For decades there has been mystery surrounding the first AFL draft. How was it done? What was the order? Trades? And on and on…

Oakland Raiders’ team historian Jerry Knaack has recently tackled the historic event and posted his work on the Raiders website. Rather than try to summarize or make up Cliffs Notes to what may be the most convoluted draft in sports history, I will simply post the link for you all to enjoy! read more

Looking at Lamar Hunt: Color Blind

Lamar Hunt (Owner)

Lamar Hunt (Owner)

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. read more

50 Years Ago, the Chiefs Found a Home in Kansas City

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. read more

Who is on your AFL Mt. Rushmore?

afl and nfl merge

June 8, 1966

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. read more