On January 11, 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the favored Minnesota Vikings 23-7 to win Super Bowl IV (shown in photo) at the old Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. That legendary Chiefs team was led by a star-studded lineup which featured future Hall of Fame inductees Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Buck Buchanan, Emmitt Thomas, Jan Stenerud and head coach Hank Stram.
Unfortunately for the dedicated fans who regularly pack Arrowhead Stadium, this was the last time their Chiefs have advanced to a Super Bowl. Those folks under the age of 47 will not likely have any personal memories of that particular game. The only visual evidence for them would be on NFL Films highlights or video uploads on YouTube.
Whether of the older or younger generations, Kansas City boasts one of the most devoted and energetic fan bases in the league. Arrowhead Stadium on a fall Sunday afternoon resembles the enthusiastic atmosphere of a major college football game. The Midwestern blue-collar spirit, beautiful cheerleaders, infamous tailgate parties, K.C. Wolf mascot, Warpaint horse and Chiefs Rumble drumline all add to the game day experience.
Since the glory days of the Chiefs, they have shown glimpses of potential greatness only to fall a bit short in the playoffs. Under former coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Dick Vermeil, the franchise made serious runs toward Super Bowl contention. Only time will tell if current coach Romeo Crennel will be able to lead the Chiefs to a place they have not been in 42 years.
The Kansas City fan base deserves to share in a bit of that old glory by seeing their team once again reach a Super Bowl. There are pieces in place on the current roster to contend for an AFC West crown, but several more need to be filled to take the next step toward making Arrowhead history.