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3 things you probably didn’t know about the Chiefs

An original AFL team, their history is storied

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

#1. There are two different KC logos

A lot of sports teams have several logos. And usually the difference involves some sort of cartoon and Kansas City has used several cartoon versions of an Indian Chief.

But the Chiefs have a print KC logo and a helmet KC logo. But you have to look closely to see the difference.

Both logos are red lettering “K” and “C” with black outlines on a white arrowhead that is also outlined in black. The “K” lays on top of the “C” on both logos. But with the helmet logo, the tail of the letter “C” comes around and stops. On the print version, the tail of the “C” comes around and lines up with the serif of the top of the “C”.

The open “C” logo on the helmet is the only time this version is used. Otherwise, it is always the tail “C” that comes up and meets the bottom of the serif. As examples of this, look at the main helmet photo used in this article and then examine the below print logo. The print logo has the “C” leg that comes up to meet the top serif of the “C” whereas the helmet has a leg that does not come up to meet the serif and flares off.

The Chiefs moved to Kansas City from Dallas after winning the 1962 AFL Championship where they were called the Texans. From Year 1, the Chiefs used the open-ended “C” on their helmets. Kansas City’s website, kcchiefs.com boast the closed-end “C” logo.

Think that is odd, well here is one more: the logo on the floor in the locker room has one more inconsistency. The proper KC logo is stylized after the “SF” logo of the San Francisco 49ers. In this logo the top letter lays fully on the bottom letter. But the KC logo on the locker room floor has that reversed with the bottom letter “C” being the top letter. How weird is that?

Locker room floor logo with the “C” as the top letter instead of the “K”

The NFL is a very rigid league and has rules and regulations for everything with a controlled atmosphere. But sometimes, there are egregious errors that nobody knows how - or why - they exist.

#2. Head coach Andy Reid had an Eagles yard sale after he got the Chiefs job

Andy Reid spent 13 years as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles where he was named NFL Coach-of-the-Year twice. His Eagles captured five NFL East crowns, went to the playoffs nine years, played in five NFC Championship Games winning one, and lost 24-21 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. During this time period, his players made 44 Pro Bowl appearances.

In 2012 after going 4-12-0, he was fired the day after the final game played on December 30. The next day, three clubs had a jet waiting for him to come interview. Five days later, the Chiefs inked him to a five-year deal.

But before he packed up his stuff in Philly, he and his wife Tammy had a “Fan Appreciation” yard sale. Not just any yard sale, but Eagles exclusive memorabilia yard sale. The benefits were designated to Harrison High School where the couple’s five children all attended.

Items included an Eagles Christmas tree, 5XL coaches shorts, Reid’s crocs, shower shoes and bicycle helmet, his birdhouse and nightstand lamp, custom cowboy boots, luggage, Eagles Christmas decorations, household items, shoes, NFL billiard balls, NFC East bed sheets, various board games, a kazillion Eagles hats many of which had been worn on the sidelines, Eagles shirts and coats that were game-worn, numerous women’s wear such as tops, shorts, sweatpants, rainboots and jackets, plus women’s Eagles jewelry.

One thing that was not for sale was Reid’s famous Hawaiian shirts - even if the Eagles are printed all over them.

And everything came with an autograph attached.

#3. Kansas City Texans?

In 1960, the Dallas Texans were born. Then for the 1963 season, the Texans moved to Kansas City after winning the 1962 AFL Championship and were renamed the Chiefs.

Hunt had looked at New Orleans and Atlanta as possible new homes when Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle invited Hunt to Kansas City which already had the baseball Athletics.

Proposed Kansas City Texans logo

However, owner and founder Lamar Hunt at first wanted to call them the “Kansas City Texans” and even had a proposed helmet drawn up. This displayed a logo of the State of Missouri with a single star inserted to pin the City of Kansas City. This same logo was used on the Dallas helmets. The single star was placed to honor the Lone Star State of Texas where he still had a home.

However, Chiefs team President Jack Steadman convinced Hunt to come up with a new team name. A “name-the-team” contest ensued and with all of the submissions, Hunt chose the name “Chiefs.”

Bartle had rolled out the welcome mat for Hunt and his club. “The Chief” was Bartle’s nickname.