Kansas City Chiefs

National Football League franchise in Kansas City, Missouri

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team in Kansas City, Missouri. The team is a part of the Western Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Their starting quarterback is Patrick Mahomes.

Kansas City Chiefs
Current season
Established August 14, 1959; 64 years ago (August 14, 1959)[1][2]
First season: 1960
Play in Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
Headquartered in University of Kansas Health System Training Facility
Kansas City, Missouri[3]
Kansas City Chiefs wordmark
Kansas City Chiefs wordmark
League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Western Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
Team colorsRed, gold, white[4][5][6]
MascotWarpaint (1963–1988, 2009–2020)
K. C. Wolf (1989–present)
Owner(s)Hunt family[7][8]
ChairmanClark Hunt
CEOClark Hunt
PresidentMark Donovan
General managerBrett Veach
Head coachAndy Reid
Team history
  • Dallas Texans (1960–1962)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1963–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Redwood Forest[9] (defense, 1966–1971)
  • The Legion of Zoom[10][11] (offense, 2018–2021)
League championships (5†)
Conference championships (4†)
Division championships (16) † Does not include AFL Championships won the same season as Super Bowls.
Playoff appearances (26)
Home fields

Originally called the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The team moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs in 1963 after then-Kansas City mayor H. Roe Bartle promised the team they would have more ticket sales. The Chiefs then joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger. The Chiefs hold the distinction of being the second AFL team (after the New York Jets) to beat an NFL club in an AFL-NFL World Championship Game when they beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

The Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV by defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. This was the team’s first Super Bowl win since 1969.

The term "chief" is sometimes considered to be insulting to Native Americans. There has been no serious effort to change the team's nickname.[source?] They have used an arrowhead as their symbol for a long time. They also named their home field Arrowhead Stadium.

Other websites



  1. "Chiefs History" (PDF). 2023 Kansas City Chiefs Media Guide. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 14, 2023. Retrieved January 14, 2024.
  2. "Kansas City Chiefs Team Facts". ProFootballHOF.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on January 14, 2024. Retrieved January 14, 2024.
  3. "Fan Experience". Chiefs.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  4. "Kansas City Chiefs Team History–NFL Football Operations". Operations.NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on November 21, 2023. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  5. "Chiefs Uniform History" (PDF). 2023 Kansas City Chiefs Media Guide (PDF). NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 14, 2023. Retrieved August 14, 2023. At one of the initial organizational meetings of the American Football League in late '59 – before the teams even had any players or coaches – the AFL owners choose their team colors. Lamar Hunt desires Columbia Blue and Orange for his Dallas Texans franchise. But before Hunt or any other owner can make a selection, Houston's Bud Adams claims Columbia Blue for his Oilers franchise. Hunt reverts to Red and Gold for the Texans, which remains the primary color scheme for the Chiefs to this day.
  6. "Kansas City Chiefs Team Capsule" (PDF). 2022 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  7. "Front Office Staff". Chiefs.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  8. Edholm, Eric (February 12, 2024). "Chiefs owner/CEO Clark Hunt expects HC Andy Reid to return next season for chance at 'three-peat'". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on February 13, 2024. Retrieved February 15, 2024.
  9. Allen, Scott (January 28, 2020). "The Chiefs' last Super Bowl appearance featured gambling accusations and a monumental upset". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 13, 2020. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  10. Gregory, Sean (February 3, 2020). "Patrick Mahomes Led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl Comeback. He Also Affirmed His Greatness". Time. Archived from the original on April 7, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  11. Wagoner, Nick (January 29, 2020). "Chiefs, 49ers fill the need for speed in Super Bowl LIV". ESPN Internet Ventures, LLC. Archived from the original on February 4, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.