CHIEFS HALL OF FAME
CHIEFS HALL OF FAME
1980: Bobby Bell, Linebacker
Became the first Chiefs player to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he was chosen in the Class of 1983 . . . Some have called him the greatest outside linebacker to play the game . . . Superb athlete began his pro career as a defensive end, because the Chiefs needed help at that position when he was drafted in the seventh round in 1963 . . . In his third season he was moved to linebacker, where earned a spot in the AFL All-Star game and then the Pro Bowl the next nine years . . . Was named to the AFL's all-time team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Starred on two AFL Championship teams, playing in Super Bowls I and IV . . . Intercepted 26 passes, recovered 15 fumbles and scored nine touchdowns in 168 career games . . . Also handled deep snapping on punts and placekicks . . . Was an all-state quarterback at Cleveland High School in Shelby, North Carolina . . . Was the Outland Trophy winner as college football's outstanding lineman as a senior at the University of Minnesota in 1962 . . .Played on the College All-Star team that defeated the Green Bay Packers in 1963 . . . Is enshrined in the College Football and Missouri Sports Halls of Fame . . . No Chief will ever wear his number 78 . . . Born June 17, 1940, in Shelby, North Carolina . . . Resides in Kansas City where he does marketing for Factory Motor Parts.
1981: Buck Buchanan, Defensive Tackle
Became third member of feared Kansas City defense to enter the Hall ... The first overall selection in the 1963 AFL draft, he became the prototype for future pro defensive linemen ... Combined perfect size with outstanding strength and deceptive speed ... Helped Kansas City win two AFL crowns and their only Super Bowl in 1970 ... Had an eight-year stretch in which he either went to the AFL All-Star game of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl... Was a unanimous All-AFL pick from 19 66-69 ... His teammates named him the Chiefs MVP in 1965 and 1967.
1982: Otis Taylor, Wide Receiver
Was one of the best and most exciting wide receivers of his era . . . Played in three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls, following the 1970-72 seasons . . . Owns Chiefs career records for receiving yards (7,306), receiving touchdowns (57) and 100-yard games (20) . . . His 410 career receptions rank second in team history . . . Twice topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season, getting 1,297 in 1966 and 1,110 in 1971 . . . Led Chiefs in pass receptions on five occasions (1966-67 and 1970-72) . . . Hauled in a dazzling 46-yard TD pass helping the Chiefs upend the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV . . . Wore number 89 as a Chief . . . Had his college number 17 retired by Prairie View A&M . . . Was a fourth-round pick of the Chiefs in the 1965 AFL Draft . . . Spent several years as a scout for the Chiefs . . . Born August 11, 1942, in Houston, Texas.
1983: No Induction
1984: Ed Budde, Guard
Was the finest offensive guard to play in the AFL . . . Was named to the AFL's all-time team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Was named to play in the AFL All-Star game or AFC-NFC Pro Bowl seven times: 1964 and 1967-72 . . . Was a starter during each of the Chiefs two Super Bowl appearances . . . His 14 seasons with the Chiefs are the second-most in team history . . . Saw action in 177 career games . . . Was a first team All-AFL pick in 1966 and 1969 . . . His son, Brad, played for the Chiefs from 1980-86 . . . Selected by Kansas City in the first round of the 1963 AFL Draft . . . Was a college standout at Michigan State . . . Wore jersey number 71 . . . Born November 2, 1940, in Highland Park, Michigan.
1985: Willie Lanier, Linebacker
As part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1986, he 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.
1986: Emmitt Thomas, Cornerback
Was one of the finest cornerbacks of his era . . . Owns the Chiefs all-time interception record with 58, which places him eighth on the NFL's all-time list . . . Led the NFL in interceptions in 1974 with a team-record 12, just two shy of the league's single-season mark . . . Led the AFL in picks in 1969 with nine . . . Played in 181 career games, tying for the fifth-most in club annals . . . Returned five interceptions for touchdowns . . . Had an interception in the Chiefs Super Bowl IV triumph over the Minnesota Vikings . . . Made the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent from Bishop College in Dallas . . . Wore jersey number 18 . . . Born June 3, 1943, in Angleton, Texas. . .Is currently Senior Defensive Assistant/Secondary with the Atlanta Falcons.
1987: Hank Stram, Coach
Commanded the Chiefs on-field fortunes for 15 years, posting a regular season record of 124-76-10 (.614) . . . Garnered a reputation as one of the game's most imaginative offensive minds . . . Became the Texans head coach during the AFL's initial 1960 campaign and directed the franchise to three AFL titles and two Super Bowl appearances, including the World Championship 1969 season . . . Known as "The Mentor" . . . Put together a string of nine consecutive winning seasons . . . Was honored as either the AFL or AFC Coach of the Year four times: 1962, 1966, 1968 and 1970 . . . Was an assistant coach at the University of Miami before being named the Texans head coach . . . Was also a college assistant at Purdue, SMU and Notre Dame . . . Won seven letters as an athlete at Purdue, three in football and four in baseball . . . Born January 3, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois and died July 4, 2005 in Covington, Louisiana.
1988: Jerrel Wilson, Punter
Considered one of the top punters to ever play the game . . . Was named to the all-time AFL team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Played more seasons (15) than any player in team history while his 203 games played ranks second in club annals . . . Owns franchise records for most punts in a career (1,014), average yardage in a career (43.6), season (46.1) and game (56.4) . . . Owns the NFL record for most seasons leading the league in punting average, doing so four times (1965, 1968, 1972-73) . . . Known as "Thunderfoot" . . . Had four career punts over 70 yards . . . Named to three AFC-NFC Pro Bowl squads . . . Was a center at Southern Mississippi University . . . Wore number 44 . . . Played some running back early in his pro career . . . Spent one season (1978) with the New England Patriots . . . Drafted by Kansas City in the 11th round of the 1963 AFL Draft . . . Born October 4, 1941, in New Orleans, Louisiana…passed away on April 9, 2005.
1989: Ed Podolak, Running Back
Is one of the toughest, most hard-nosed players to ever don a Chiefs uniform . . . Is the Chiefs second all-time leading rusher with 4,451 yards and 34 touchdowns on 1,158 carries . . . Was also an excellent pass receiver and return man . . . Caught 288 passes for 2,456 yards and six scores while averaging 8.6 yards per punt and 20.5 yards per kickoff return . . . His 8,178 career combined yards are the second-most in club history . . . Had one of the finest all-around performances in pro football history on Christmas Day 1971, when he had 350 total yards in a playoff loss to the Miami Dolphins; had 85 rushing yards, 110 receiving and 155 on returns . . . Led Kansas City in rushing four times, in receiving three and punt returns three . . . Wore jersey number 14 . . . Selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 1969 draft . . . Played quarterback and halfback at the University of Iowa . . . Born September 1, 1947, in Atlantic, Iowa.