Kansas City Chiefs: 9 Jerseys You Likely Rocked During Your Childhood

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Kansas City Chiefs: 9 Jerseys You Likely Rocked During Your Childhood
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"Childhood" is a relative term, but whether juice or beer, you've washed stains from a number of Kansas City Chiefs jerseys.

Arrowhead's extended family wear their hearts on their sleeves—it's no coincidence that the two share the same color palette. 

Players come and go, but memories stay.

Being that a healthy stack of those Kodak moments date back to the Marty Schottenheimer era, that's where the list of nine will kick off. 

 

Christian Okoye

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Christian Okoye's 1,480 rushing yards led the league in 1989, but injuries limited his promising career to six seasons. 

However, within those six years, he was a 6'1", 253-pound "Nigerian Nightmare" who transformed pigskins to wrecking balls. 

When winter weather loomed throughout Arrowhead, defenders saw their own breath, then saw Okoye huffing out diesel fumes. 

No. 35 was the synonym for aspirin, for defenders and gamers alike. 

 

Neil Smith

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Neil Smith represented one-half of the most feared pass-rushing tandem of the 1990s.

He led the NFL with 16 sacks in 1993—the second of four consecutive seasons in which he tallied double-digit quarterback captures. 

Smith treated right tackles like plump puppets, swarmed their prized passers and casually transitioned into his patented home-run swing. 

Assuming you weren't blocking him, No. 90 was generally a fun-loving Pro Bowler. 

Just don't call him collect.

You won't like him when he's angry.

 

Derrick Thomas

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In 2000, a tragic car accident claimed the life of Derrick Thomas. However, more than a decade later, No. 58 jerseys continue to flood Arrowhead Stadium on Sundays.

Locally, Thomas may be the most well-liked player in franchise history.

He was the Picasso of sack artists who bridged generational gaps between Chiefs fans. 

Off the field, Thomas was a contagiously smiling philanthropist. On the field, he was an edge-rushing extraordinaire who turned offensive coordinators into insomniacs. 

Thomas' seven sacks against the Seattle Seahawks still headline the single-game NFL record. 

 

Dale Carter

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Quarterbacks tend to paint bulls-eyes on rookie corners.

The newcomers spend the majority of their debut season learning the tricks of the trade while adapting to the speed of the NFL. 

Rule, meet the exception: Dale Carter.

In nine starts throughout his rookie season, Carter flipped the script and snatched seven interceptions. Dejected passers walked off the field squinting at video boards like they were convinced No. 34 had grown tentacles. 

Over the course of his stay in Kansas City, Carter became renowned for his bump-and-run bullying—ask Chad Johnson.

 

Joe Montana

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A smattering of faded No. 19 jerseys still file into Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs' last playoff victory dates back to an improbable 1993 comeback that was authored by Joe Montana. 

In two seasons with Kansas City, the lauded legend spawned more prosperity than all of the successors who followed in his shadow. 

If Montana would have returned for a third year, hypertension prescriptions would have moonlighted as wallpaper for John Elway's glove box.

 

Marcus Allen

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Before every game, Marcus Allen unstrapped his signature gloves and slapped Father Time for being disrespectful. 

Thanks to his will of steel and Mensa-like wisdom, No. 32 sustained 16 seasons as an NFL running back.

Modern rushers are considered fortunate to survive roster cuts following age 30; Allen was 33 by the time he arrived in Kansas City. 

During the transition, critics labeled him a has-been and then subsequently watched him lead the league with 12 rushing touchdowns.   

He wasn't the spring chicken from Oakland, but he evolved into a backfield bloodhound with a nose for the end zone. 

 

Tony Gonzalez

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In terms of tight ends, Tony Gonzalez bypassed Mount Rushmore and reserved a plot on Mount Olympus.

He entered the league, shattered records and bench-pressed the position's bar of expectations. 

Gonzalez was a 250-pound security blanket for the Chiefs, and he continues to be nothing less for the Atlanta Falcons

 

Dante Hall

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If Mark Madsen break danced in the eye of an oil spill, he would still come out looking more coordinated than players lunging at Dante Hall.

And if No. 82 walked through that spill, oil would part like the Red Sea.

Kansas City's maestro haunted special teams coaches for a number of years—especially in 2003, when Hall topped his peers with two punt return touchdowns, two kick return touchdowns and 2,446 all-purpose yards. 

He also set an NFL record by bringing seven returns back to the house within a span of 10 games. 

FYI: The "Human Joystick" wasn't a half-bad receiver, either. 

It would take longer for Amanda Bynes to roll an ankle during last call than Dante Hall to do so on a punt return. 

 

Priest Holmes

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During his stint with the Baltimore Ravens, Priest Holmes was a solid starter. When his helmet dawned an arrowhead, he rivaled LaDainian Tomlinson as the best rusher in the league.

Holmes led the NFL in at least one statistical category for four consecutive seasons.

He was always one play away from patiently setting up blocks, bouncing to the outside and stiff-arming a defender before gliding past the goal line. 

If fantasy football exploded a decade earlier, Chiefs season tickets would have been shipped with bibs. 

 

Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com.


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