1985: Willie Lanier | Chiefs Hall of Honor | Kansas City Chiefs - Chiefs.com
1985 | Willie Lanier | Linebacker
As part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1986, Lanier became the second Chiefs player to be enshrined in Canton . . . Named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994 . . . Chiefs starting middle linebacker for 11 years, he possessed a ferocious tackling style that made him a feared run-stopper . . . Was intelligent and disciplined as the quarterback of the Chiefs vaunted defense . . . Also had the speed and agility that helped him grab 27 career interceptions, good for the eighth-most ever by a Chief . . . His 15 fumble recoveries tie for the third-highest total in club history . . . A second-round draft choice in 1967, he missed just five games during his pro career . . . Played in two AFL All-Star games and five AFC-NFC Pro Bowls . . . Named MVP of the 1971 Pro Bowl . . . Helped Chiefs to their only World Championship, a Super Bowl IV victory over the Minnesota Vikings . . . Became starter four games into his rookie season . . . Named 1972 NFL Man of the Year as the outstanding pro football player-citizen . . . Was nicknamed "Honey Bear" or "Honeybear," because he looked and acted friendly, but was ravenous on the field . . . His number 63 has been retired by the Chiefs . . . Attended Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond, Virginia . . . Was a two-time Small College All-America pick at Morgan State . . . Named Tangerine Bowl MVP . . . Graduated from Morgan State with a B.S. in administration . . . Born August 21, 1945, in Clover, Virginia . . . Lives in Richmond, where he is the president at First Wheat Securities.
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