Observing 60 years for the Kansas City Chiefs

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Photo credit © Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It was 60 years ago on this day, Lamar Hunt announced he was moving his franchise in the American Football League, the Dallas Texans, to Kansas City. That team eventually was named the Kansas City Chiefs.

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At the time, Dallas had two professional football franchises: the Texans in the AFL, and the expansion Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League.

Behind closed doors, Hunt received generous terms from the mayor of Kansas City, who offered him a seven-year lease at Municipal Stadium with the first two years of rent at a dollar per year. Kansas City also agreed to increase the size of the stadium, and to build an office and practice field at Swope Park.

On February 8, 1963, Hunt called a press conference in Kansas City, announcing his franchise's move to KC if the city could sell 25,000 season tickets by the middle of May. Players for the Texans were shocked by the news.

Kansas City at the time had the national reputation of a cow town, and was looking for the prestige that a professional football franchise could bring.

Fast-forward to now, the Chiefs are making their third Super Bowl apperaance in the last four years; KC will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

National coverage of the game may be heard live on 97.5 & 1240 KFH.

In addition to national coverage of the game, the pre-game and post-game shows on the Kansas City Chiefs radio network may be heard on 98.7 & 1330 KNSS.

Featured Image Photo Credit: © Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports