This might be my shortest article as 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.
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.
The Dallas Texans
When the Texans debuted in 1960, they used a similar shad 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.
This helmet was worn until the Chiefs’ relocation to Kansas City, Missouri.
The Kansas City Chiefs
Now that the Texans were out of town, 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. 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 Chief’s 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.