The 1969 Kansas City Chiefs

Mitch BennettContributor IMay 13, 2009

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3:  Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Hank Stram (L) poses with his bust and his presenter and fellow Hall of Famer Len Dawson during the 2003 NFL Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on August 3, 2003 in Canton, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Outside of Kansas City, few know or care that the 1969 Chiefs were the last AFL team to play a game. The last game was also the only Super Bowl appearance and win in Kansas City history.

Kansas City’s win against the Minnesota Vikings was the straw that broke the NFL’s back. After the win, the NFL and AFL would merge and the new league would look like the current NFL.

The 1969 Kansas City Chiefs were the perennial AFL team with a future Hall of Fame owner, head coach and quarterback. In fact, seven of the nine Chiefs enshrined in the Hall of Fame were starters in the 1969 super bowl.

Quarterback Len Dawson’s stunning recovery from an early season knee injury marked the storylines in the ’69 showdown in New Orleans. He would go on to be the Most Valuable Player of the game after extending the Chief’s lead with a 46-yard TD pass to star wideout Otis Taylor.

The Chief’s defense and special teams were the real story with a combined five turnovers (including three interceptions and two recovered fumbles.)

I say all this because you can’t know were you’re going unless you know where you came from.

Could quarterback Matt Cassel (or Tyler Thigpen), head coach Todd Haley and owner Clark Hunt be the next three Hall of Famers to bring us a Super Bowl?