CHIEFS HALL OF FAME
CHIEFS HALL OF FAME
2010: Marty Schottenheimer, Coach
Schottenheimer joins Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Hank Stram as the only other coach to be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. During Schottenheimer's 10-year run as Chiefs head coach from '89-98, Kansas City compiled 101 regular season victories, the highest total during any 10-year span in the franchise's storied 50-year history. Schottenheimer guided the club to seven playoff appearances and coached in 10 postseason contests, the highest totals of any Chiefs head coach.
Under Schotteneheimer's leadership, the Chiefs were one of just three NFL clubs to reach the playoffs seven times in the '90s. Kansas City captured AFC West titles in '93, '95 and '97, in addition to making their first-ever appearance in the AFC Championship Game following the '93 campaign. Schottenheimer's squads compiled a 55-28 (.663) regular season and postseason record against the AFC West from '89-98, including a remarkable 18-3 (.857) mark against the Raiders. During Schottenheimer's head coaching tenure, the Chiefs posted a 62-18 (.775) regular season home record at Arrowhead, the third-best mark in the NFL over that 10-year span.
The McDonald, Pennsylvania native spent 30 seasons as a coach in the NFL ranks, including 21 seasons as a head coach with Cleveland ('84-88), Kansas City ('89-98), Washington (2001) and San Diego (2002-06). He concluded his NFL head coaching tenure with a 200-126-1 (.613) regular season record. The four coaches in NFL history with more regular season victories than Schottenheimer are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Don Shula (328), George Halas (318), Tom Landry (250) and Curly Lambeau (226).
In total, Schottenheimer's clubs advanced to the playoffs 13 times during his illustrious head coaching career, trailing only Shula (20) and Landry (18). Schottenheimer is one of five coaches to lead three different clubs to the playoffs, joining Chuck Knox, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves and Dick Vermeil as the only other head coaches in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
2011: Kevin Ross, Cornerback
The Chiefs' seventh pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, he became a starter his rookie season and perfected a classic bump-and-run coverage that made him hard to beat in the secondary. For his career in Kansas City, he picked off 30 passes and scored 5 touchdowns. Ross played in a total of 156 games for the Chiefs. Along with former teammate Albert Lewis, Ross was named one of the NFL's top 10 all-time cornerback back tandems by the NFL Network in July 2008. Ross is also one of only three players in franchise history to score a touchdown in at least four different ways (two INTs, two blocked field goal returns, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt).
2012: Will Shields, Guard
Shields was the third-round (74th overall) pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1993 NFL Draft, and he played for the Chiefs from 1993 to 2006. Beginning with a September 12, 1993 game against the Houston Oilers, he was in the Chiefs' starting lineup for every game, a team record and at the time, the second longest active consecutive starting streak in the NFL behind Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings. He started 231 straight games including playoff games. He went to the Pro Bowl every year from 1995 to 2006, a total of 12, a Chiefs team record, and having played in all of them, he is tied with Champ Bailey and Randall McDaniel for most Pro Bowls played. He was an important part in the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line that consistently led the team to a top 5 finish in rushing offense.
Shields blocked for Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson during his career. He had blocked for 1,000-yard rushers for five seasons. He blocked for 4,000-yard passers for five seasons while Elvis Grbac did it in 2000 and Trent Green in 2003, 2004, and 2005. In fourteen seasons, Shields never missed a game, and he failed to start only one contest, his first regular-season outing, as a rookie in 1993. On April 15, 2007, following 14 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, he announced his retirement from football.
2013: Gary Barbaro, Defensive Back
Barbaro was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft, becoming the first player in Nicholls State history ever to be selected in the NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Barbaro spent seven seasons with the Chiefs, earning Pro Bowl honors following the 1980, 1981, and 1982 seasons.
In 1976, Barbaro was named second team All-NFL rookie team and won the Mack Lee Hill Award for best rookie in the Chiefs organization. In 1977, he had eight interceptions and led the NFL in interception return yards with 165, 102 of which he set in a December 1977 game against the Seattle Seahawks. That day, Barbaro intercepted a pass thrown by Jim Zorn in the end zone and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown, which, at the time broke a NFL record and is currently the Chiefs single-game record for longest interception return. In 1979, Barbaro intercepted seven passes and was the first ever honoree of the Kansas City Chiefs Most Valuable Player award. In 1980, he finished second in the league in interceptions with 10, behind Lester Hayes's 13, and was named second team 1980 All-NFL by The Sporting News and second team All-Pro by the Associated Press. In 1981 Barbaro had five interceptions for 134 yards while he was named first team All-Pro by the Pro Football Writers Association.
In seven NFL seasons (1976–1982), Barbaro intercepted 39 passes, currently the fourth highest total in Chiefs history while his 771 career intersection yards is second all-time, behind Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas. He participated in every eligible game, 101 consecutive games in total, during his career.
2014: Priest Holmes, Running Back
Holmes spent seven years on Kansas City's roster (2001-07), after a four-year stint in Baltimore (1997- 2000), where he originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1997. Throughout his tenure with the Chiefs, Holmes was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2001-03 and named All-Pro for those three years by numerous national media outlets. He was also presented with the club's MVP award following the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
While with the Chiefs, Holmes recorded 6,070 rushing yards with 76 touchdowns, and tallied 83 total touchdowns, breaking franchise records in all three categories. During the 2003 season, Holmes scored two or more touchdowns in 10 games, which is tied for the NFL's best mark with former running back LaDanian Tomlinson.
Maybe more impressive was Holmes' ability to put up these statistics while entering the league as an undrafted free agent. In 2001, his first season with the Chiefs, Holmes was the NFL's leading rusher with 1,555 yards, the only undrafted player to do so, until running back Arian Foster accomplished the feat in 2010.
Other accolades Holmes was bestowed with include NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2002), Phil Simms All-Iron Team (2001-02), Ed Block Courage Award (2004), as well as being a part of Baltimore's Super Bowl XXXV championship team (2000).
A San Antonio, Texas, native, Holmes played collegiately at Texas, where he rushed for a career total of 1,276 yards with 20 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He is a member of the University of Texas Hall of Honor, the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He prepped at Marshall High School in San Antonio, where he currently resides and heads the Priest Holmes Foundation.
2015: Gary Green, Cornerback
Green spent seven years on Kansas City's roster (1977-83) where he saw action in 100 games (99 starts). He recorded 24 interceptions returned for 330 yards, including one for 42 yards and a touchdown. He added 10 fumble recoveries. Green also served as a premier special teams player for the club. He ranks tied for third in team history with two career blocked punts. Green was a team captain for five of his seven seasons in Kansas City.
The San Antonio, Texas, native garnered three Pro Bowl berths with the Chiefs before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. Green started his career in Kansas City under head coach Paul Wiggin in 1977 and also played under Tom Bettis (Interim), Marv Levy (1978-82) and John Mackovic (1983).
Green was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft. His rookie season he won the team's Mack Lee Hill Award designated for a rookie or first year player who displays characteristics on and off the field similar to the late Mack Lee Hill who had "a giant heart and a quiet way." In 1982, Green earned the team's MVP Award. He was named an All-Pro cornerback three consecutive years (1981-83).
Prior to joining the Chiefs, Green was a standout collegiate player at Baylor University (1973-77). He helped the Bears turn around their football program and win the 1974 Southwest Conference title. His sophomore season Green suffered a major knee injury, but was able to return the following season and earn consensus All-America honors. He was inducted into Baylor's Hall of Fame in 1989 and the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
2016: Tony Richardson, Fullback
Richardson spent 11 years on Kansas City's roster (1995-2005) playing under head coaches Marty Schottenheimer (1995-98), Gunther Cunningham (1999-2000) and Dick Vermeil (2001-05). During his tenure with the Chiefs, he saw action in 163 games (95 starts). He rushed for 1,576 yards and recorded 1,298 receiving yards, including 24 total touchdowns during his tenure in Kansas City and helped pave the way for four individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Johnson, Holmes). Richardson added to a rushing offense that led the league in yards (2,222) in 1995.
The Frankfurt, West Germany, native also made outstanding contributions to the run game in Kansas City as a key blocker during one of the most potent offensive stretches in Chiefs history, playing a major role in the successes of both RB Larry Johnson and RB Priest Holmes. With Richardson leading the way, Johnson compiled 1,750 rushing yards in 2005, the second-highest single-season total in team history. Holmes, who finished his career as the franchise's all-time leading rusher, produced 1,615 rushing yards in 2002, the third-best seasonal mark in club annals, and rushed for a league-leading 1,555 yards in 2001, all with Richardson as his lead back. In 2004, the Chiefs set an NFL single-season record with 398 first downs and led the league in total offense for the first time in franchise history, averaging a club-record 418.4 yards per game. Following his time in Kansas City, the three-time Pro Bowler (2003-05) played for the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons (2006-07) and finished his career playing three seasons with the Jets (2008-10).
2017: Carlos Carson, Wide Receiver
Carson spent 10 years on Kansas City's roster (1980-89) playing under Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy (1980-82) as well as head coaches John Mackovic (1983-86), Frank Gansz (1987-88) and Chiefs Hall of Fame Coach Marty Shottenheimer (1989). While with the Chiefs, he saw action in 120 games (91 starts). He recorded 6,360 receiving yards (fifth most in team history), 352 career receptions and 33 total touchdowns during his tenure in Kansas City. Carson had his best season in 1983, where he started all 16 games and recorded career-highs in receiving yards (1,351), receptions (80) and touchdowns (7). His 1,351 receiving yards fell just shy of Philadelphia WR Mike Quick (1,409) for most receiving yards that season in the NFL. Following his time in Kansas City, the two-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1987) finished out his final season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round (114th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft after three successful seasons at Louisiana State University (1977-79). In his first-career start against Rice on September 24, 1977, he connected with QB Steve Ensminger for the second-longest pass in school history at 82 yards. He went on to record five receiving touchdowns that game, setting a school record that stands to this day. He ranks tied for first in most total touchdowns in a game alongside RB Kevin Faulk (1997) and RB Leonard Fournette (2015). As a Tiger, he recorded 89 receptions, 1,728 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, while earning a degree in physical education.
2018: Tony Gonzalez, Tight End
Over 17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-08) and Atlanta Falcons (2009-13) Gonzalez appeared in 270 regular season games with 254 starts, earning 14 Pro Bowl appearances (1999-08, 2010-13) and 10 first- or second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press.
He finished his career with numerous NFL records for tight ends, including most career receptions (1,325), most receiving yards (15,127), most 100-yard receiving games (31) and second-most touchdown receptions (111) behind TE Antonio Gates (114). While first among tight ends, his 1,325 career receptions are second to only Pro Football Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice (1,549) in NFL history.
Gonzalez recorded at least one reception in 211 consecutive games to finish his career, 61 games more than the previous NFL record by a tight end. He became the first tight end in league history to produce 16 consecutive seasons with 50 or more receptions and ended his career with 14 70-catch seasons and 15 consecutive 60-catch campaigns to go with his 16 consecutive 50-catch seasons.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native, saw duty in 190 regular season games for Kansas City, ranking as the fifth-most appearances by any player in team history. Only G Will Shields (224), K Nick Lowery (212), P Dustin Colquitt (206) and P Jerrel Wilson (203) played in more games. Gonzalez started 174 contests for the Chiefs, ranking second in franchise history for most starts behind only Shields (223).
During his 12 seasons with the Chiefs he set franchise records for receptions (916), receiving yards (10,940), receiving touchdowns (76) and 100-yard games (26). He had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Kansas City, becoming the first tight end in NFL history to record four such seasons. He owns the top four spots in team history for receptions in a single season, including a franchise record 102 catches that led the league during the 2004 season. He caught at least one pass in a club-record 131 consecutive games en route to 10 Pro Bowls and five first-team All-Pro selections from the Associated Press while in a Chiefs uniform.
He concluded his career in Kansas City with a franchise-record 10,954 yards from scrimmage and ranks second in team annals with 76 total touchdowns behind RB Priest Holmes (83). His 462 career points with the club are the second most by any non-kicker, trailing only Holmes (500). Gonzalez was named the recipient of both Chiefs annual team honors, earning the Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs MVP in 2008 and the Mack Lee Hill Award as the club's top rookie or first-year player in 1997.
A two-sport athlete at the University of California, Gonzalez arrived in Kansas City as the club's first-round draft choice (13th overall) in 1997. Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons on April 23, 2009.
Gonzalez officially announced his retirement from the game of football on December 30, 2013. Following his playing career he began a broadcasting career with CBS Sports in 2014 and joined FOX Sports prior to the start of the 2017 NFL season.
2019: Brian Waters, Center
Over 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2000-10), the New England Patriots (2011) and the Dallas Cowboys (2013), Waters played in 186 games with 170 starts, earning six Pro Bowl selections and two first-team All-Pro recognitions by the Associated Press. He became the first offensive lineman to be named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, which occurred following Kansas City's 56-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons on October 24, 2004 when the team rushed for an NFL record eight touchdowns in the game.
During Waters' time with the Chiefs, he helped pave the way for each of the top four individual single-season rushing performances in franchise history. He was also on the field for three of the top five individual single-game rushing efforts in club annals, including RB Jamaal Charles' franchise-record 259-yard performance at Denver (1/3/10). In 2004, he teamed with Pro Football Hall of Fame G Will Shields to form the first tandem of Pro Bowl guards from the same team since Larry Allen and Nate Newton did it for Dallas following the 1995 season. He and Shields also became the first guard duo from the same team to be named to three-consecutive Pro Bowls (2004-06).
In 2009, the entire National Football League community honored Waters as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winner for his on-field accomplishments, as well as his commitment to community outreach. Waters became the fifth member of the Chiefs to receive this honor, tying the Chiefs for the most award winners in the NFL. Since the launch of the "Brian Waters 54 Foundation" in 2004, tens of thousands of children and families in the Greater Kansas City area as well as his home state of Texas have been positively impacted through his back-to-school program where he provided backpacks full of school supplies as well as haircuts and medical check-ups prior to the start of school. At the time of his Man of the Year selection, he had granted more than 80 college scholarships for low-income students. The 54 Foundation partnered with more than 20 different agencies annually.
Waters was signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent and released after training camp in 1999. Following his release from Dallas, he arrived in Kansas City for a free agent workout in March of 2000 when the Chiefs convinced him to make the move to offensive line, a position he had never played. He spent the spring of 2000 playing for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe where he started every game at center. The Waxahachie, Texas, native played in 44 games at North Texas, starting at tight end for three years before switching to defensive end prior to his senior season. Waters hauled in 86 receptions for 975 yards and nine touchdowns in three years as a tight end. As a senior defensive end, he recorded 45 tackles (32 solo) and 5.0 sacks, earning him first-team All-Big West Conference honors. He also caught four passes for 66 yards with one touchdown as a senior.