The Kansas City Chiefs logo history began in Dallas when the team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. Originally, team owner Lamar Hunt chose the colors of Columbia blue and orange for his Texans but Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams beat him to the punch, selecting the iconic Columbia blue for his own franchise.
Hunt relegated the Texans franchise instead to red and gold, which has remained the team’s colors even after moving to Kansas City to become the Chiefs as of course, Texans wouldn’t make sense and Missourians just didn’t sound like an AFL team name.
Contrary to popular belief, the Texans/Chiefs had a few different primary logos that didn’t always match their helmet logo, as this article explains.
When the Texans debuted in 1960, their primary logo consisted of a cowboy running away with a football in front of the State of Texas while pointing a revolver in the air while the helmet logo bore the State of Texas with a gold star indicating the location of Dallas.
When the team moved to Kansas City in 1963, the logo bore identical elements, this time of a Native American running in front of the States of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa while brandishing a tomahawk. This logo lasted from 1963-1969 before it was slightly altered in 1970.
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Also at the time, the helmet logo consisted of the familiar arrowhead bearing the interlocking ‘KC,’ which Hunt used inspiration from the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers’ interlocking ‘SF.’ The arrowhead logo would become the team’s primary logo starting in 1972, and while many continue to feel the primary logo is a downgrade from the Native American, the logo probably wouldn’t fly in today’s world.
Like their rivals, the Las Vegas (formerly Oakland) Raiders, the Chiefs lack a true alternate logo. However, they have several anniversary logos, including a 25th in 1984, 35th in 1994, 40th (since the team’s founding) in 1999, 40th (as the Kansas City Chiefs) in 2002, 50th in 2009, and 60th in 2019, also the year the team won its second Super Bowl and first in fifty seasons. The Chiefs also wore a memorial logo commemorating John Delaney in 1983, and an ‘AFL’ patch from 2007 to the present.
The Chiefs definitely have one of the best looks and arguably the best look in football. The ‘KC’ arrowhead logo is nothing short of iconic and has been around for ages and is likely to stick around. The Chiefs’ base uniform matches the logo and did so to the extent that their uniform almost perfectly resembles that of the old Dallas Texans, except for the helmet logo.
Tradition definitely means two things
1. Don’t mess with the look.
2. Don’t create any fancy alternate logos.
And the Chiefs have been one of those franchises since 1963, and primary logo-wise since 1972. I don’t foresee a change in the team’s look any time soon and that’s a great thing.
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