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2000: Christian Okoye | Chiefs Hall of Honor | Kansas City Chiefs -

2000 | Christian Okoye | Running Back


Okoye was unquestionably the most powerful runner ever to wear the Red and Gold … Nicknamed "The Nigerian Nightmare" ... Doled out plenty of punishment during his six seasons with Kansas City and powered his way to the most rushing yards (4,897) in Chiefs history … Also holds team records for career rushing attempts (1,246), attempts in a season (370 in '89), attempts in a game (38) and career 100-yard games (14) ... Became just the second Chief ever to lead the league in rushing, gaining an NFL-best and all-time franchise high 1,480 yards in '89 … His 40 career rushing TDs are just four shy of Marcus Allen's team record, as well … Just the second Chiefs player ever to earn the club's Mack Lee Hill Award ('87), team MVP honors ('89) and be enshrined in the Chiefs Hall of Fame … Was a Pro Bowl pick following the '89 and '91 seasons … Originally came to the United States in '82 to compete in track and field at Azusa Pacific … Joined the Azusa football squad in '84 and after just three seasons of organized football was a second-round draft choice of Kansas City in '87 … Wore number 35 … The name Okoye in Nigerian means "blessed on Sundays" ... Born August 16, 1961 in Enugu, Nigeria.