KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Minutes before today’s kickoff vs. the San Diego Chargers, Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and members of the Hunt family unveiled the Chiefs Ring of Honor on the façade of the upper seating level inside Arrowhead Stadium.
The Ring of Honor, a project months in the making, is a standing tribute to all the individuals who have been inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame throughout the history of the organization.
“With the modernization of Arrowhead, it was very important to me and my family to preserve and promote the rich history of this franchise throughout the stadium. We wanted to tell the stories of Chiefs greats from seasons past in a unique way that connected Chiefs fans to their team, and the response to the Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable has been overwhelmingly positive,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said.
“But over the last two years, I heard from a number of fans who said they missed seeing the Ring of Honor inside the stadium bowl on game day. The history of this franchise, like the team itself, belongs to the fans, and as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and 50 years in Kansas City, we thought it was the perfect time to bring back the Ring of Honor.”
At halftime of today’s contest, the final drape will be lifted off the Ring of Honor as Will Shields is officially inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame as part of the club’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Shields becomes the 42nd inductee into the prestigious group.
Fast Facts About the Ring of Honor
• There are 42 names on the Ring of Honor – 38 former players and four non-players.
• There are nine Pro Football Hall of Fame honorees included.
• The total years of service to the organization represented by the names in the Ring of Honor – 512 years.
• The average Ring of Honor member spent 12.2 years with the Chiefs organization.
• There are 447 individual letters in the Ring of Honor.
• There are 74 individual numerals in the Ring of Honor.
• There are a total of 521 individual characters (letters and numerals) in the Ring of Honor.
• Longest name on the Ring of Honor – Marty Schottenheimer (19 letters).
• Longest player name on the Ring of Honor – Sherrill Headrick (16 letters).
• Shortest names on the Ring of Honor – EJ Holub, Ed Budde, John Alt (seven letters).
• Every letter is made out of cast aluminum and is powder coated black.
• The heaviest letter on the Ring of Honor is ‘M,’ weighing in at 13.64 pounds.
• Lightest letter on the Ring of Honor is the lowercase ‘C’ in Curtis McClinton, weighing in at 2.61 pounds.
• Average weight of letters is 7.75 pounds.
• The total weight of all letters and numbers is approximately 4,037.75 pounds. That number is nearly equal to the weight of three starting offensive lines for the Kansas City Chiefs.
• All letters are two feet tall, with the exception of the lowercase ‘C’ in Curtis McClinton.
• With the redesign, there is room for 15 more inductees on the current upper level façade. Once the upper level façade is filled, future names will be added to the press box façade.