How to Be a Kansas City Chiefs Fan

The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Want to be a good Kansas City Chiefs fan? Here's how.


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    Get yourself some Chiefs clothes. Jerseys, T-shirts, coats, and jackets are all good. You can buy them at the games, or in stores around Kansas City and the surrounding region. If you do not live in the Midwest, sells Chiefs products as well.
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    Watch the games either in person or on television. They are always televised locally and occasionally on national TV. Tickets to home games are not cheap and can be hard to get. But if you are able to attend a game personally, it is fun and exciting. That's why the tickets aren't cheap.
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    Here are some things and words to know:
    • Arrowhead Stadium. The field where the team plays all their home games. It is a large stadium, seating more than 79,000 people. It is known as one of the league's loudest stadiums because of the Chiefs' enthusiastic fans.
    • KC Wolf. The mascot for the Chiefs. He is a wolf, possibly best known for tackling a drunk fan who jumped onto the field during a 2007 regular-season game. It has become an internet phenomenon on YouTube.
    • Dallas Texans. The Chiefs were originally from Texas before moving to KC in 1959, ten years before the Royals.
    • Truman Sports Complex. The sports facility that includes both Arrowhead and the Royals' Kauffman Stadium.
    • Clark Hunt. The owner of the franchise, son of Lamar Hunt, the original Chiefs owner who formed the American Football League (later the NFL's American Conference).
    • Scott Pioli. The Chiefs GM, replacing Carl Peterson who had been the GM from 1989-2008.
    • Andy Reid. The current head coach (2013-present) and former Eagles head coach. He replaced coach Romeo Crennel, who coached the team in 2012.
    • Alex Smith. The current quarterback (QB) for the Chiefs. He led the 49ers in 2012 before suffering a concussion during a game against the St. Louis Rams, in which Colin Kapernick replaced him and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, which they eventually lost to the Ravens.
    • Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs number one WR. He had consecutive 1,000 yard (914.4 m) seasons in his rookie and sophomore seasons but his 2009 season was derailed by a four-game suspension.
    • Jamaal Charles. The bright new Chiefs running back. He succeeded the controversial Larry Johnson. Following Johnson's release halfway though the 2009 season, Charles became the starting RB and rushed for 1,000 yards (914.4 m) while starting only eight games. He averaged more yards per carry after week nine than any other running back in the NFL except Chris Johnson of the Titans
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    Learn the history:
    • The 1960s: The Chiefs were originally the Dallas Texans. Dallas could not support two teams (the other being the Cowboys), so the Texans moved to Kansas City and were renamed. The Chiefs appeared in the first Super Bowl (1966-1967), but lost 35-10 to the Green Bay Packers. They returned to the Super Bowl in 1969-1970. Led by Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson, they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. They soon developed a heated rivalry with the Oakland Raiders that is still alive today.
    • The 1970s and 1980s: During the 1970s the aging Super Bowl team did not perform as well and were replaced with a new generation of players. The Chiefs became one of the worst NFL teams until 1986 when they made the playoffs for the first time since 1969. They returned to mediocrity for the remainder of the 1980s.
    • The 1990s: In 1989, Lamar Hunt hired GM Carl Peterson to try to turn the team around. In turn, coach Marty Schottenheimer was hired. New high-profile players were brought in, including Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana in the early 1990s. The Chiefs developed a dangerous "Marty-ball" defense. They were the winningest team in the 1990s. Despite this, they won only one playoff game (1993). Schottenheimer was fired after the 1998 season when the Chiefs went 7-9. He was replaced by Gunther Cunningham.
    • The 2000s: A few years later, Cunningham was replaced by legendary coach Dick Vermeil who had won a Super Bowl with the Rams a few years earlier. Vermeil brought in high-profile players and developed one of the most powerful offenses in NFL history. The Chiefs were number one in scoring from 2002 to 2004. Vermeil retired after the 2005 season. In 2006, the remnants of Vermeil's high-powered offense managed to put together a 9-7 season. They made the playoffs as a wild card team, but lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Colts in the first round. In 2007, the Chiefs were a mix of Edwards's new young players and Vermeil's aging veterans, finishing with a disappointing 4-12 record. Things did not improve in 2008, as the Chiefs fell to 2-14. Edwards was fired after 2008 and was replaced by Todd Haley as head coach. Peterson stepped down as GM and was replaced by Scott Pioli. The Chiefs won only four of their 16 games in 2009.


  • It helps to hate the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are the Chiefs' rivals.


  • Be aware of the current record of the team, so that you can talk intelligently about it, in case someone wants to debate you. It does not matter if they are winning or losing. What matters is that you support the team you love.

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