CHIEFS HALL OF FAME
1971: Mack Lee Hill, Running Back
Played running back with the Chiefs for just two seasons (1964-65) before tragically dying while undergoing knee surgery . . . Made the Chiefs roster in 1964 as a rookie free agent out of Southern University and wound up as the team's second-leading rusher that season with 567 yards and four touchdowns on 105 carries . . . Played in AFL All-Star game after his rookie campaign . . . Gained 627 yards, second-most on the team, in his second pro season . . . Nicknamed "The Truck" . . . His number 36 is retired . . . Born on August 17, 1940 in Quincy, Florida and died on December 12, 1965 in Kansas City.
1972: Jerry Mays, Defensive Tackle
Was a force on the Chiefs vaunted defensive line for 10 years . . . Named to the all-time AFL team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Was selected to play in the AFL All-Star game six times, following the 1962 and 1964-68 seasons . . . Played in 140 games with the Chiefs after joining the club as a fifth-round pick of the Dallas Texans in the 1961 AFL Draft . . . Was a starter at left defensive end on the Chiefs Super Bowl IV championship team . . . Broke into pro football as an offensive tackle and made the All-AFL team twice at that position before switching to defense . . . Wore number 75 . . . Was a college standout at SMU . . . Born November 24, 1939 in Dallas, Texas, and died on July 17, 1994 in Lake Lewisville, Texas.
1973: Fred Arbanas, Tight End
Was considered one of pro football's finest tight ends during his nine seasons with the Texans/Chiefs . . . Named to the all-time AFL team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Was a five-time All-AFL choice, grabbing the honor from 1962-65 and in 1967 . . . Was known for his tenacious blocking and courage . . . Lost the sight in one eye in an accident in December of 1964, but came back strong to earn All-AFL accolades the following season . . . Member of Kansas City's Super Bowl IV title team . . . Played in 118 games, catching 198 passes for 3,101 yards and 34 touchdowns . . . Was a seventh-round pick of the Texans after a stellar college career at Michigan State . . . Wore jersey number 84 . . . Born on January 14, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan.
1974: Johnny Robinson, Safety
Excelled as both a halfback ('60-61) and safety ('62-71) ... Named to the AFL's All-Time Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a safety ... Was the third-leading inter-ceptor in AFL history with 43 ... His 57 career interceptions rank second in team history ... Led the AFL in picks with 10 in '66 and topped the NFL in '70 with 10 ... The Texans/Chiefs recorded a remarkable 35-1-1 record in games when he had an interception ... Was a six-time All-AFL selection ('63-68) and played in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl following the '70 season ... Played in 164 career games ... As a halfback during the franchise's first two seasons, he rushed for 658 yards and six TDs on 150 carries and caught 77 passes for 1,228 yards and nine scores ... Was a first-round pick of the Texans in '60 ... Was also a first-round pick of the NFL's Detroit Lions ... Was a member of the Chiefs Super Bowl IV championship team and LSU's '59 National Championship squad ... Also enshrined in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame ... Born September 9, 1938 in Delhi, Louisiana.
1975: Chris Burford, Receiver
Led Texans/Chiefs in pass receptions in four of his eight seasons: 1961-63 and 1965 . . . Was an AFL All-Star in 1961 and a first team All-AFL pick in 1962 . . . Ranks third in franchise history in pass receptions (391) and fifth in receiving yards (5,525) . . . His 55 career TD grabs are the second-most in club annals . . . Caught a team-record 12 TD passes during the 1962 season . . . Member of two AFL championship squads . . . Wore jersey number 88 . . . Joined Texans as a first-round pick in 1960 . . . As a senior at Stanford in 1959, he set an NCAA record with 61 catches . . . Was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 . . . Born January 31, 1938 in Oakland, California.
1976: E.J. Holub, Center/Linebacker
One of the most fiery competitors in franchise history . . . Distinguished himself as both a linebacker (1961-67) and center (1968-70) . . . Named to five AFL All-Star affairs as a linebacker, following the 1961-63 and 1964-66 seasons . . . Was known as the Chiefs "Holler Guy" . . . Was a starter at center on Kansas City’s Super Bowl IV title team . . . Played in 127 games after joining the Chiefs as a first-round draft pick of the Texans in 1961 . . . Made nine career interceptions . . . Is one of the best players to ever come out of Texas Tech, where his career earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame . . . Born January 5, 1938 in Schulenburg, Texas.
1977: Jim Tyrer, Offensive Tackle
Considered by many to be the finest offensive tackle of his era . . . Was selected to the AFL All-Star team or Pro Bowl nine times . . . Named to the all-time AFL team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Was a starter in each of his 13 pro seasons, playing in 180 games . . . His string of 180 straight games played is the third-longest streak in club history . . . Named AFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1969 . . . Was a starter at left tackle on the Chiefs Super Bowl IV squad . . . Wore number 77 . . . Played one season (1974) with the Washington Redskins . . . Was a college All-America choice at Ohio State and was chosen by the Texans in the third round of the '61 AFL Draft . . . Born February 25, 1939 in Newark, Ohio and died on September 15, 1980 in Kansas City.
1978: Mike Garrett, Running Back
Spent five very productive seasons with the Chiefs before finishing his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers (1970-73) . . . Is the fourth-leading rusher in Chiefs history, churning out 3246 yards and 23 touchdowns on 736 carries . . . Also caught 141 passes for 1,231 yards and seven scores . . . Led team in rushing three times, including the 1967 season when he gained 1,087 yards . . . Was an All-AFL choice in 1966-67 . . . Scored a five-yard TD against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV victory . . . Wore jersey number 21 . . . Winner of the 1965 Heisman Trophy . . . College Football Hall of Famer started Southern Cal’s long legacy of talented tailbacks . . . Was selected by Kansas City in the 20th round of the 1966 AFL Draft . . . Born April 12, 1944 in Los Angeles.
1979: Len Dawson, Quarterback
Chiefs franchise during his illustrious career . . . During his tenure as the team’s field general, he helped make the Chiefs one of pro football’s premier teams and wound up among the elite passers in the game’s history . . . Under his guidance, the Chiefs were perennial contenders and won the AFL Championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969 . . . Was MVP of Super Bowl IV when he directed Kansas City to a win over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings . . . Won the AFL passing title four times and still holds Chiefs career marks for pass rating (83.2), attempts (3,696), completions (2,115), passing yards (28,507) and touchdowns (237) . . . Started pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a first-round pick in ‘56, then landed with the Cleveland Browns before ending up with the Texans in 1962 . . . Named to six AFL All-Star teams and one Pro Bowl squad (1972) . . . AFL Player of the Year in 1962 . . . Played in 211 career games, completing 2,136 of 3,741 passes (57.1%) for 28,711 yards with 239 touchdowns and 183 interceptions, while rushing for 1,293 yards and nine scores on 294 carries . . . . Named 1973 NFL Man of the Year as the outstanding pro football player-citizen . . . Nicknamed “Lenny the Cool” . . . Led Big 10 in passing and total offense for three seasons at Purdue . . . His number 16 has been retired by the Chiefs . . . Does color commentary on the Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network, hosts “Inside the NFL” on HBO and is the sports anchor at KMBC-TV in Kansas City . . . Born June 20, 1935, in Alliance, Ohio.