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Kansas City Chiefs – Established 1960


The Kansas City Chiefs were founded in 1960 by 26-year-old Lamar Hunt. Hunt was frustrated with his inability to secure an NFL franchise so he took it upon himself to create his own league. The young Texan founded the American Football League and served as the first president of the league of eight teams.


In those early days, the Franchise was based in Texas and named the Dallas Texans. They have no affiliation with the current Texans franchise. The Texans won three AFC championships in 1962,1966, and in 1969. They also became the second AFL team to beat an NFL team when they beat the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. It was during this time that the team relocated to Kansas City in 1963 and rebranded as the Chiefs. Then, in 1970, the Chiefs were absorbed into the NFL when it merged with the AFL. At the time, they had the best overall record in the AFL at 92-50-5.


The move to the NFL was not kind to the Chiefs and they made the playoffs just twice between 1970 and 1989.


The 1990s were much kinder to the Chiefs and KC made the postseason six straight seasons between 1990 and 1995. Kansas City also won the AFC West in 1993, 1995, and 1997. Their success in the early 90s was thanks to the combo of Joe Montana and Marcus Allen. The two Hall of Famers led the Chiefs back into relevancy after struggling for two decades prior. Rich Gannon took over under center in 1994 and led the Chiefs to a number of winning seasons.


After a brief slump in 2011 and 2012 that saw KC win just 13 total games, the team brought in Andy Reid as head coach. Led by QB Alex Smith and RB Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs had had a string of winning seasons and won the AFC West several times.


Then, in 2017, business picked up when the Chiefs drafted QB Patrick Mahomes No. 10. Since that day, the Chiefs have not had a losing season, went to back-to-back Super Bowls, and won the AFC West every year since 2016.