This might be my shortest article despite the fact the Kansas City Chiefs helmet history consists of two helmets. Well, one, really, but two logos under two different names, might I add. So, it’s really a history of the Dallas Texans AND Kansas City Chiefs.
Yep, two different names, two different cities, one single franchise.
Ain’t That Ironic?
Wait, didn’t I already state the Indianapolis Colts were the remnants of a franchise called the Dallas Texans?
True, I did, but there was yet another Dallas Texans who sprung up in 1960 as a founding member of the AFL.
After just three seasons, the Texans moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs, with only the team’s primary and helmet logo changing.
Yes, the NFL-AFL has a long history with teams named the Texans….by the way, none of these franchises are linked to the current Houston Texans, in case anyone’s trying to keep score here.
And if you’re new to the NFL, this article, if you don’t take anything else from it, is the fact that very, very strange relationships and coincidences occur here all the time over the course of the league’s first 100 seasons of existence.
The Dallas Texans
When the Texans debuted in 1960, they used a similar shade of red the Chiefs possess to this day. The helmet logo consisted of the State of Texas with a lone yellow star marking the site of Dallas.
As a fun fact, team owner Lamar Hunt originally chose for the Texans to be Columbia blue and orange, but Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams had already chosen Columbia blue to be the main color of his franchise.
Since Day One, red, yellow, and white have been the color combo for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs while the old Oilers moved to Nashville and have since adopted navy as one of their primary colors as the Tennessee Titans.
The Kansas City Chiefs
Now that the Texans left the City of Dallas to the Cowboys, owner Lamar Hunt got to work conceiving a new identity for his renamed Chiefs. His inspiration for the interlocking KC logo inside an arrowhead came from the San Francisco 49ers, who use a similar logo with a white SF interlocked within a red oval.
Sketching the new logo on a dinner napkin, Hunt merely reversed the colors with a white arrowhead and red KC. Also like the 49ers, a thin, black outline traces the logo’s perimeter.
Another fun fact about the Chiefs’ logo is that the KC changes direction in the logo. Viewing from the left-hand side, the KC faces away from the arrowhead, while viewing from the right, the KC faces the arrowhead. It’s something few know about the Chiefs’ logo.
Also, the popular uniform blog Uni-Watch has spotted further inconsistencies with the logo, stating there are times the C in the interlocking KC is open, and other times it is closed, depending on which type of merchandise the logo appears. Click here to get a better idea of spotting the Chiefs’ logo inconsistencies.
The helmet and logo remain one of the best in the NFL and they’ve stood the test of time. In fact, in my uniform rankings for 2018, the Chiefs took first place over the Oakland Raiders due to their logo and overall color scheme outlasting their division rivals.
The Chiefs should have zero plans to change the iconic interlocking KC logo and should keep the color palette the same for years to come. The sea and shades of red that accompany this logo are priceless and I believe a radical redesign would result in fan negativity across the NFL.
Okay, so maybe there are some slight inconsistencies with the Chiefs’ logo, which many might dock them a few points for here or there, but to be honest, once one notices the inconsistencies they appear to be very minor in nature, to the point most have never taken notice of the inconsistency within the logo.
Further, the Chiefs haven’t necessarily made a fuss regarding the logo, either, and again very few (if anyone) took notice until a lifelong Chiefs fan’s father pointed out the distinction. Mind-blowing indeed, but at the same time, not much fuss.
So, there you have it, with one of the greatest if not the greatest helmets in the NFL today. Logo inconsistency or not, something must ring iconic when the same look is kept throughout the ages, from Dallas to Kansas City, Texas to Missouri.
Something also tells me that this design isn’t going to change anytime soon, even as the team’s AFC West rivals have changed color shades and helmet logos in the past; with the Chiefs’ only change coming along with their relocation and subsequent name change after the 1962 season.
Definitely a timeless look both today and yesterday, something Chiefs fans I’m sure are very happy about and for that, let the Sea of Red live on.