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The enthusiastic singing of “Home of the Chiefs” at the conclusion of the Star Spangled Banner. Or, the electric energy of 70,000 fans united at Arrowhead Stadium to do “The Chop.” A tradition of gathering with friends, family and food in the cool Midwest air prior to games. Then, building a formidable roar as the World’s Loudest Stadium.

Here we call this Chiefs Kingdom. It has no boundaries. It rolls over plains, over deserts, over oceans and is epitomized by the relentless passion of those who wear red and gold.

The story of the Kansas City Chiefs started with Lamar Hunt, whose passion for football served as the guiding force behind the formation of both the American Football League (AFL) and the Chiefs franchise and served as one of most important architects of the National Football League (NFL).

The result lives on today as an intensely loyal fan following across America and the globe to celebrate more than just a game under the bright lights.

Here is our story, the story of Chiefs Kingdom.

The Team

Founder Lamar Hunt

Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt, and father of current Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, is universally recognized as one of the greatest sportsmen in American history. Hunt led the formation of the AFL in 1959 and the eventual merger of the AFL and the NFL in 1970. He served as a positive influence on the game for 47 years.

Hunt’s greatest contributions to the game of professional football were undoubtedly driven by his understanding that the sport owes its popularity to the fans, a statement he made upon being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972: “Pro football belongs to the fans and I want to acknowledge this honor…in the name of the pro football fans of America.”

In Kansas City, Hunt found the best fans he could have hoped for. From the moment the franchise arrived in America’s Heartland, Chiefs fans remain the most loyal, passionate and relentless fans in all of the NFL.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Clark Hunt

Clark Hunt has been involved in the leadership of the Kansas City Chiefs for more than a decade and currently serves as the club’s Chairman and CEO. Hunt became the Chairman of the Board in 2005 and assumed the additional role of CEO in 2010. Over the last several years, Hunt has emerged as a leading voice among NFL owners, taking on several other roles in the League. In 2007, Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Hunt to the NFL’s Digital Media and International Committees, as well as the Executive Committee of the NFL Management Council. In 2011, Hunt was named Chairman of the International Committee and joined the league’s Finance Committee.

Since 2011, the International Series has grown from one regular season game in 2007 to three games in 2015. In that same year, NFL Clubs voted to expand their commitment to play international regular season games, permitting the NFL to schedule international contests through 2025 in both the United Kingdom and countries and territories beyond the United Kingdom.

Head Coach Andy Reid

On January 7, 2013, Hunt introduced Andy Reid as the 13th head coach in franchise history. Reid joined the Chiefs after 14 seasons as Head Coach/Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Philadelphia Eagles where he compiled a 130-93-1 (.583) regular season record, six division titles, five NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance. In his coaching career, Reid’s teams have made the playoffs 16 times (19-15 record), and he has coached in three Super Bowls and eight NFC Championship Games. He owns three NFL Coach of the Year titles.

General Manager John Dorsey

On January 14, 2013, John Dorsey was named as the team’s sixth general manager. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Dorsey served as Director – Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers (2012). Before being promoted to that post, Dorsey served 12 years as the Packers Director of College Scouting (2000-11). Dorsey’s first season in Kansas City was capped off by being named the Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

President Mark Donovan

Reid and Dorsey both work alongside President Mark Donovan, who is responsible for all aspects of the club’s business operations and reports directly to Hunt. Donovan was named the fifth president in Chiefs history in January 2011 after serving two years as the club’s chief operating officer. Recognized as one of the league’s most innovative executives, Donovan brings unique experience and perspective to the team. He is one of only a few executives league-wide who has worked both at the NFL league office and for a club, with valuable perspective and strong relationships both in the Kansas City area and on a national level.

2015 Kansas City Chiefs

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AFC West Division

The Chiefs currently play in the West Division of the American Football Conference against the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

Chiefs in the Pro Bowl

Quarterback Alex Smith, linebackers Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston, as well as safety Eric Berry, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and punter Dustin Colquitt have all been selected to participate in the NFL Pro Bowl, the league's annual version of the all star game.

Franchise Record Holders

Running back Jamaal Charles is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with more than 7,000 rushing yards. His 2015 season ended on October 11 when he suffered a knee injury.

Derrick Johnson holds the club record for most tackles with more than 1,000. Justin Houston nearly broke an NFL record in 2014 recording 22 quarterback sacks, falling just one sack shy of setting a new NFL record. Dustin Colquitt is known as one of the top punters in the NFL at being able to pin opponents deep in their own territory.

International Born Players

Four active members of the Chiefs roster were born outside the United States – linebacker Tamba Hali (Liberia), offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Canada), kicker Cairo Santos (Brazil) and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Belize). A number of former Chiefs players were also born overseas, including a handful of well-known players – Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud (Norway), tackle John Alt (Germany), kicker Nick Lowery (Germany), running back Christian Okoye (Nigeria) and kicker Morten Anderson (Denmark).

TEAM HISTORY

Lamar Hunt

Despite his many accomplishments, Lamar Hunt’s humility was one of his most unwavering and endearing traits. While he modestly declined to take credit for his efforts, he truly played an important role in the design, ongoing development and direction of the modern-day NFL. Whether it was serving as the central figure behind the formation of the AFL, playing a key role in the AFL-NFL merger talks in the 1960s, or overseeing many crucial issues concerning professional football and the Chiefs franchise over five decades, few individuals helped change the face of America’s favorite game for the better as much as this quiet Texan. Possibly the greatest tribute to his contributions to the sport was the naming of the Lamar Hunt Trophy, which is presented annually to the champion of the American Football Conference.

Hunt founded the team in 1959 as the Dallas Texans of the American Football League and began its first season of professional football in 1960."

Nicknamed “Games” during his childhood, Hunt’s love of sports was his true passion, an enthusiasm which led to his involvement in six different professional sports leagues and seven sports franchises. In total, the Hunt family owns 15 championship rings from five different professional sports associations (AFL/NFL, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, North American Soccer League and the U.S. Soccer “Open Cup”).

The NFL and the American sports community lost one of its greatest influencers on December 13, 2006 when Hunt passed away at the age of 74 after an eight-year battle with prostate cancer. Hunt’s wife, Norma, continues to be involved in numerous philanthropic and civic efforts in Texas and in Kansas City. She owns the distinction of being the only woman known to have attended all 49 Super Bowls and was selected to preside over the coin toss at Super Bowl XLI.

Hunt founded the team in 1959 as the Dallas Texans of the American Football League and began its first season of professional football in 1960. The early days of the AFL saw the Dallas Texans achieve success, winning the AFL Championship in 1962. The team would go on to win a total of three AFL Championships in the 10-year existence of the league, more than any other team in that span.

After directly competing against the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys for three seasons, Hunt moved his team to Kansas City in 1963. Through a fan vote, the club was renamed the Chiefs, based on a nickname given to Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle, the man who was instrumental in persuading Hunt to move his football franchise to Kansas City.

Super Bowl I & IV

After winning the AFL Championship in 1966, the Chiefs went on to play against the Green Bay Packers in the inaugural AFL-NFL World Championship Game, which would later become known as Super Bowl I. Just three years later, the Chiefs continued success saw them capture the AFL Championship in the 1969 season and deliver Kansas City’s first major sports championship by defeating the NFL’s Minnesota Viking in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans.

History of Games Played Internationally

Throughout the club’s existence, the franchise developed an intensely loyal fan following, not just in the Midwest, but across the country and around the globe. Kansas City has represented the NFL in four American Bowl contests held in Berlin, Germany (1990), Tokyo, Japan (1994 and 1998) and Monterrey, Mexico (1996). For the first time in franchise history, the club was selected to host a regular season game at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2015 as part of the NFL’s International Series.

Chiefs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Chiefs have 11 long-time members enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio – Founder Lamar Hunt, Head Coach Hank Stram, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Len Dawson, Buck Buchanan, Jan Stenerud, Emmitt Thomas, Derrick Thomas, Curley Culp and Will Shields.

Several other Pro Football Hall of Famers also played for the Chiefs including Marcus Allen, Joe Montana, Warren Moon, Willie Roaf and Mike Webster.

NFL Man of the Year Award Winners

In addition to Pro Football Hall of Fame honors, five Chiefs have been presented the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, recognizing them for their playing excellence combined with their off-the-field community service. Willie Lanier (1972), Len Dawson (1973), Derrick Thomas (1993), Will Shields (2003) and Brian Waters (2009) all won the award. No other franchise has more Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winners.

Arrowhead Stadium

Undoubtedly one of the finest facilities in the NFL, Arrowhead and the fans who consistently fill it have helped produce a homefield advantage for the Chiefs. Last year, Chiefs fans broke the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar in an outdoor stadium at 142.2 decibels on September 30, 2014 versus the New England Patriots.

Greatest Gameday Experience

Arrowhead presents an unique and unrivaled game day and tailgating experience that brings fans together for a good time with family and friends. From arriving at dawn to set up to tailgate to creating a sea of red inside the stadium and being so loud is affects the opposing team's psyche, Arrowhead is home to some of the most unique traditions. Most notable are 70,000 fans in unision performing The Chop, 100-foot flames set off during pre-game ceremonies and the changing the ending to our nation's anthem to "Home of the Chiefs."

Historic and Modern

The Kansas City Chiefs opened Arrowhead Stadium on Aug. 12, 1972 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Since that initial contest, much has changed at the Truman Sports Complex, which also is home to the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball who reside at the adjacent Kauffman Stadium. Arrowhead Stadium underwent renovations and a revititalization in 2010 that not only maintained the beautiful architectural styling of the original design, but also introduced new opportunities and avenues for the organization to offer programs that engage the community year-round.

Tailgating

Arrowhead is known for its unrivaled tailgating. Chiefs fans have celebrated gamedays with the rich tradition of cooking pre-game food in the parking lot for more than two decades.

Arrowhead Stadium Concerts

In addition to being a world-class sporting venue that has hosted World Cup futbol qualifying matches, Arrowhead has hosted some of the biggest concerts and acts from Elton John to U2 and from the Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift.

About Kansas City

Hailed as a mecca of the Midwest for its innovations, Kansas City continues to model itself on the longstanding traditions that built it. From the arts to cuisine to sporting culture, the city remains an old soul, authentic to the area it represents. Through modernization and continued improvements, the buildings along the skyline may have changed with time, but the spirit of Kansas City will forever remain: a community centered on just that in the heart of America.

Location

As America’s most centrally located major metropolitan area, Kansas City combines American culture and many international ones strengthening the ethnic fabric of our minority communities. Our cultural diversity is influenced by African, African-American, Asian, Latino, American Indian, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures. We then top it off with some homegrown culture of our own: the heartland.

The city spans across a wide area of land, being so great that two states, Kansas and Missouri, fought to share it. It features the best of both worlds: beautiful cityscapes whose lights dot the night sky and bring the city to life, and the rich farmland that paints a watercolor mural of all four seasons to behold in the region.

Affordability

Kansas City is ranked as Travel + Leisure’s #1 Affordable Getaway. Lodging, airfare, food and services all host competitive rates in an effort to bring you to them, and ensure your satisfaction in return.

Per its homegrown roots, the city strives to provide the hospitality, comfort and care native to the lands. In the heartland, home is where the heart is.

Barbecue

No visit to KC is complete until you can literally taste it. Luckily, it’s a taste you’re guaranteed to enjoy – legendary KC barbecue. It's practically a rite of passage for visitors to leave with at least one sauce-stained shirt. Today you’ll find more than 100 barbecue establishments in the area, each boasting its own house special – from staples like ribs, pork and ham to not-so-standards, like mutton, sausage and even fish. Many of these city favorites are members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society – the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts.

World Class Cuisine

On top of its emergence as the barbecue capital of the world, Kansas City is also home to multiple upscale restaurants and the concept of fresh food straight from the farm. The city now features two James Beard Award winners and a semifinalist, each for Best Chef Midwest. Nationally-renowned Saveur Magazine heralds it as “America’s Next Great Culinary Destination.” And the best part? We’re just heating up the grill.

The Arts

Home to numerous art galleries, two national museums and the Kansas City Symphony, the city’s dedication to the arts is one of many aspects that separate it from others in the Midwest. The National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial explores the impact of “The War to End All Wars” on the era’s art while the newest addition, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, features 72,000 objects from around the world spanning more than three centuries. Local artists can showcase their work in the Crossroads Art District, or at Arrowhead Stadium in the Arrowhead Art Collection.

The city was also ranked No. 4 in the nation for its art scene while topping the lists for its annual Christmas light decorations by Travel+Leisure.

A beacon of architectural prowess, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts aims to enrich the community with various performing arts while pushing the limits on KC’s ever-changing cityscape. Likewise, the Sprint Center is renowned as one of college basketball’s most prominent sites, hosting the Big XII Conference Men’s Basketball Championship since 2010 with plans to remain until 2020.

Jazz

As one jazz genius put it, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Rest assured, Kansas City has it. From the roaring '20s through the early '40s, jazz reigned supreme in Kansas City. The sweet sounds can be heard throughout the city to this day.The 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District provides instant proof to the genre's rich KC roots. For a look into the city's jazz legacy, take in The American Jazz Museum featuring legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Finally, take in a fierce, late-night jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation for an unforgettable, music-filled adventure.

LANDMARK LOOKOUT: When you're near 18th & Vine, stop by the Charlie Parker Memorial Plaza. A native to Kansas City, the legacy of this famous jazz musician lives on with a 17-foot bronze sculpture that bears his likeness.

City of Fountains

With more than 200 fountains trickled throughout the city, it's no surprise that KC has earned the nickname, “The City of Fountains.” Kansas City's bubbly love affair began with a rather practical purpose. The Humane Society built the city’s first fountains as water troughs for horses in the late 1800s. Now cherished works of public art, the fountains have become an attraction unto themselves, beckoning a steady stream of visitors – especially the Fountain of Neptune on the Country Club Plaza, the Waterworks Spectacular at Kauffman Stadium and the Civic Courtyard Fountain inside The Legends at Village West.

Sports Capital

Kansas City is home to the best sports fans in the business, featuring three top-tier professional teams and a national NASCAR track. Its state-of-the-art venues and facilities are a sight in themselves and pay tribute to the city’s rich history in the sports industry. Travel + Leisure names Kansas City as one of the Top 10 Cities for Sports-Crazed Citizens.

Other professional teams in the area include the Kansas City Royals and Sporting Kansas City while NASCAR races are held each year at the Kansas Speedway.

Cheerleaders

2015 Chiefs Cheerleader Squad

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