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Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

 


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Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the Kansas City Chiefs? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

Scroll down for team updates, player profiles, and stats you won't find in the book. Click on the videos to the left to hear me talk about Team Spirit OVERTIME as well as my favorite players. And take a look below at some of the Chiefs collectibles I have in my home—pretty cool, right?

Enjoy this site, check back whenever you like, and click here to EMAIL me with any questions or comments about the Chiefs.

 

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20132016 Season Roundup: The Chiefs won the AFC West with a 12–4 record. After starting the year 2–2 they lost just twice the rest of the way. Alex Smith had a solid season at quarterback and Travis Kelce had one of the best seasons ever by a tight end. The defense was led by Eric Berry and Marcus Peters, and Tyreek Hill starred on special teams. Kansas City fans thought this might be the year the Chiefs reached the Super Bowl, but they lost a close playoff game to the Steelers, 18–16.

2016 Season Preview: The Chiefs could not start any slower than they did in 2015. That’s good news for Kansas City fans, who hope quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles can lead the team to the playoffs. The defense is loaded with talent, and is led by Eric Berry, whose return from cancer last season was one of the NFL’s best stories.

2013January 3, 2016: The Chiefs became the first team ever to follow a 5-game losing streak with a 10-game winning streak.

2015 Season Preview: With Jamaal Charles running the football and the defense keeping opponents out of the end zone, the Chiefs may have enough to edge the Broncos for the AFC West title. QB Alex Smith has a new target in sure-handed Jeremy Maclin.

2013September 2, 2014: After a great 2013 season, the Chiefs will be happy to simply repeat their record in 2014. That will be challenging, as several key offensive linemen signed free agent deals with other teams. The defense—which was amazing for half the season, must play an entire year at that level. Running back Jamaal Charles will be Kansas City's go-to guy again in 2014, and could walk away with a Player of the Year award when it's all said and done.

2013December 15, 2013: Jamaal Charles scored five touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. He became the first running back with four TD catches in one game, and the only player ever to catch four scoring passes and run for a touchdown in the same game.

September 23, 2013: Linebacker Justin Houston was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in the season's first three games. In those two games he had 7.5 sacks.

September 8, 2013: The Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 28–2. It marked the first time in league history that a game had finished with that score.

September 4, 2013: The Chiefs could be the most improved team in the AFC, thanks to new coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith. Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe give Smith some good tools to work with. The team's defense is led by a talented group of linebackers. Will that be enough to make up for a so-so defensive line? If all the pieces fall into place, Kansas City could surprise everyone and snag a Wild Card spot.

2013February 2, 2013: Nothing went right for the Chiefs in 2012. The team finished 2–12 and few of those losses were even close. Bad luck haunted the team on and off the field, and the fans ran out of patience. With the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Chiefs hope to win back the trust of their fans—who are some of the best in pro football.

Summer, 2012: Kansas City fans are excited about Jamaal Charles' new running partner, Peyton Hillis. They give the Chiefs an awesome one-two punch. This should help Matt Cassel return from an injury in 2011 to have a good 2012 season.

     
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How is Johnny Robinson not in the Hall of Fame? No one played bigger in the important games, and no one on the Chiefs was a more respected leader. (Fleer Corp.)

 

 

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They used to give out these giant "cards" at gas stations and grocery stores in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This one of Mike Garrett came from Kroger. (The Kroger Co.)

 

 

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The Topps Chrome cards don't actually have chrome in them, but they are kind of cool. This one shows off Matt Cassel nicely. (Topps, Inc.)

 

Johnny Robinson — Defensive Back/Running Back
Born: 9/9/1938
Played for Team: 1960 to 1971
Johnny Robinson was an original member of the Chiefs. He actually joined the Dallas Texans in their first season as a running back. Robinson switched to defensive back in 1962 and became a star. He was named All-Pro each season from 1965 to 1970.


Otis Taylor — Receiver
Born: 8/11/1942            
Played for Team: 1965 to 1975
Otis Taylor had long strides and great speed. Many defensive backs thought they had him covered, only to watch him shift into a higher gear and run past them. Taylor led the NFL in receiving yards in 1971.


Mike Garrett — Running Back
Born: 4/12/1944
Played for Team: 1966 to 1970
The Chiefs drafted Mike Garrett just a few months after he won the Heisman Trophy as college football's best player. As a rookie, he averaged more than five yards every time he ran with the ball. The following season, Garrett rushed for more than 1,000 yards and was named All-Pro.


Jan Stenerud — Kicker
Born: 11/26/1942            
Played for Team: 1967 to 1979
Jan Stenerud was the most successful of the early soccer-style kickers. He led the AFL in field goals as a rookie. In 1991, Stenerud became the first full-time kicker to join the Hall of Fame.


Stephone Paige —  Receiver
Born: 10/15/1961
Played for Team: 1983 to 1991
Stephone Paige was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. Paige had great speed and a very athletic body. He loved catching long passes. In 1985, Paige led the NFL when he averaged nearly 22 yards per reception.


Larry Johnson — Running Back
Born: 11/19/1979            
Played for Team: 2003 to 2009
When Priest Holmes suffered a neck injury in 2004, Larry Johnson did a great job filling his shoes. He set a team record with 1,750 yards in 2005 and then broke his mark with 1,789 yards in 2006.


Matt Cassel — Quarterback
Born: 5/17/1982
Played for Team: 2009 to 2012
When Matt Cassel joined the Chiefs, fans weren't sure what to expect from him. In his previous four seasons, he had started a total of just 15 games. With Kansas City, Cassel proved to be a good passer and leader. In 2010, he threw 27 touchdown passes and guided the Chiefs to first place in the AFC West.

     
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It was a great shock to football fans when Derrick Thomas died at age 33 in 2000. He had a car accident rushing to the airport on a snowy day and wasn't wearing his seatbelt. (Topps, Inc.)

 

NO DOUBTING THOMAS
In 1989, rookie Derrick Thomas became the first Kansas City linebacker in more than 15 seasons to be picked for the Pro Bowl. The last was Bobby Bell, in 1972. Thomas ended up playing in nine Pro Bowls during his career.


WHAT'S YOUR 20?
In 1966, the Chiefs made the greatest 20th-round pick in the history of the draft. They chose Mike Garrett, the running back who had just won college football's highest honor, the Heisman Trophy. AFL teams were so sure he would sign with the Los Angeles Rams that they didn't want to "waste" a pick. The Chiefs were happy they did.


DIRECTING THE SHOW
Also in 1966, quarterback Len Dawson was the busiest man in Kansas City. Not only did Dawson quarterback the team to the first Super Bowl, he also served as the Sports Director for KMBC TV in Kansas City.

     
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I'm pretty sure this was Otis Taylor's rookie card. He was an amazing receiver. (Topps, Inc.)

 

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Len Dawson signed this photo. He is one of the smartest guys I've ever met in football. (Author's Collection)

 

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Bobby Hunt's final NFL game was Kansas City's amazing win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Way to go out on top! (Topps, Inc.)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1960 — Abner Haynes — 875 (AFL, as a member of the Dallas Texans)
1989 — Christian Okoye — 1,480
2001 — Priest Holmes — 1,555


RECEIVING YARDS
1971 — Otis Taylor — 1,110


PASSING YARDS
No Chief has led the league in passing yards.


RUSHING TDs
1960 — Abner Hyanes — 9 (tied for AFL lead, as member of the Dallas Texans)
1961 — Abner Hyanes — 9 (tied for AFL lead, as member of the Dallas Texans)
1962 — Abner Hyanes — 13 (tied for AFL lead, as member of the Dallas Texans)
1965 — Curtis McClinton — 6 (tied for AFL lead)
1993 — Marcus Allen — 12
2002 — Priest Holmes — 21
2003 — Priest Holmes — 27
2013 — Jamaal Charles — 12 (tied with another player)


RECEIVING TDs
1962 — Chris Burford — 12 (AFL)
1967 — Otis Taylor — 11 (tied for AFL lead)
2010 — Dwayne Bowe — 15


PASSING TDs
1962 — Len Dawson — 29 (AFL)
1963 — Len Dawson — 26 (AFL)
1965 — Len Dawson — 21 (AFL)
1966 — Len Dawson — 26 (AFL)


POINTS
1990 — Nick Lowery — 139
2002 — Priest Holmes — 144


INTERCEPTIONS
1966 — Johnny Robinson & Bobby Hunt — 10 (tied for AFL lead)
1969 — Emmitt Thomas — 9 (AFL)
1970 — Johnny Robinson — 10
1974 — Emmitt Thomas — 12
1999 — James Hasty — 7 (tied for NFL lead)
2015 — Marcus Peters — 8


SACKS
1990 — Derrick Thomas — 20
1993 — Neil Smith — 15
2007 — Jared Allen — 15.5
2014 — Justin Houston — 22.0

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1962 AFL Championship Houston Oilers Won 20–17 (2 OT)

 

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1966 AFL Championship Buffalo Bills Won 31–7
1966 Super Bowl I Green Bay Packers Lost 35–10
1969 AFL Championship Oakland Raiders Won 17–7
1969 Super Bowl IV Minnesota Vikings Won 23–7
1993 AFC Championship Buffalo Bills Lost 30–13
 
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