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    The History Behind The Kansas City Chiefs’ Name

    The History Behind The Kansas City Chiefs Name

    Kansas City Chiefs History

    The Kansas City Chiefs were named for H. Roe Bartle, the mayor of Kansas City in the early 1960s. Nicknamed “Chief,” Mayor Bartle was instrumental in attracting Lamar Hunt’s American Football League franchise. The Chiefs won three AFL championships in the 1960s, becoming the team with the most championships in the short-lived AFL. They also won their first Super Bowl when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in 1970. The team initially played as the Dallas Texans as part of the American Football League from 1960 to 1962. In 1963, owner Lamar Hunt moved the team to Kansas City, and the team was renamed the Chiefs. In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chiefs drafted quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick. They clinched their second Super Bowl title in 2020 after defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, and third in 2023 after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35.


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