Kansas City Chiefs Helmet

Kansas City Chiefs Helmet History

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

The Dallas Texans served as the first incarnation of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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

From 1963-1973, the Chiefs wore a gray facemask before switching to white.

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.


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My Take

The KC on the left-hand side of the Chiefs’ helmet is actually reversed, facing toward the arrow shaft.

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.

Related Article: History of the Kansas City Chiefs Jersey

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  1. I like to hear about history, I’m not an NFL fan, I’m an NBA fan, but I know it is a huge sport in the USA, with your great describe, I really have some interest to learn more history about the NFL for not just a helmet but maybe team history, or player history!

    That’s a really awesome story! Thank you for that!

    1. The NFL’s one of those sports that’s yet to reach a global level, but definitely growing by the year! One of my goals here at this site is to provide a complete history on both helmets and jerseys of all 32 NFL teams.

  2. Awesome history information. I agree that the helmet, thin outline colors and the interlocking KC inside the arrow logo is the best and they should keep it. But, just my personal view the Chiefs may try other background colors that identifiable like white.

    1. It’s definitely one of the best in the NFL. The arrowhead is timeless. If they were to ever experiment with another logo, it’d be gone in five years because I think we’d see a fan revolt!

  3. Ain’t just a helmet. That’s the thing about branding. It’s more than the sum of its parts. Red has always been a powerful colour and arrows go way back and stand for many things. The sharpness of an arrowhead combines with the striking shade of red. When you look deeper into why certain ‘brands’ are the way they are you can see the that those that choose the designs aren’t just pretty faces. I enjoy the history of how things have become the way they are. Some things just need to be left alone. Interesting point about the letters being reversed, nice find.

    1. Hi, Twack, I wish I could share your comment with several NFL owners who feel the need to change things up every few years to a decade. Some looks (most looks) either need to be or should’ve been left alone. The Chiefs are one of those teams, but those whose owners haven’t left them alone, need to switch back to some classic concepts. 

  4. Hi, I am from the UK so American Football isn’t really a popular sport but my 12-year-old son watched a football game on sky tv back last year, I think it was between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams and was instantly hooked!

    He now watches football games whenever he can and has started collecting all the team helmets and as we don’t get any football apparel in the shops over here I have to order them from overseas which can cost a bit more than they normally would

    He already has the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and the New York Giants helmets so I have been looking around for a new one to surprise him with for his birthday next week

    Can you still buy the old Dallas Texans helmets or can you only buy the new Kansas City Chiefs helmet now?

    It would be great to get them both but if they don’t make the Dallas Texans helmets anymore he will have to just have the new one.

    Thanks if you can help 🙂

  5. Really interesting history on the Kansas City Chiefs and I had no idea that The Dallas Texans existed before Kansas Chiefs.  I personally like the KC red and white branding and think they should keep their classic logo which is now definitely an iconic NFL logo. As you said, I don’t think the fans would be happy if there was any major changes to it. Interesting article! 

    1. Hi, Jamie, there was actually a Dallas Texans franchise even before the Chiefs’ franchise, in 1952. The remnants of which later became the Baltimore, now Indianapolis, Colts. 

  6. I used to be a big NFL fan back in the late 80s and early 90s during my college and university days when I was able to stay up late to watch games (I’m in UK timezone). A combination of starting work full time and my favourite team – Houston Oilers – disappearing to Tennessee meant that I sort of lost interest.

    It’s interesting to learn that KC are another team that has relocated and I agree that the KC logo is one of the best in the NFL. In fact I’m surprised more teams dont try to update their logo into something more marketable

    1. Hi, David, speaking of the old Houston Oilers, I wish the NFL did what the NHL does; basically, they take the nickname back when a team relocates, which explains how the Winnipeg Jets’ name returned to the league when the team moved from Atlanta and ceased being the Thrashers. If this were to happen in the NFL, the Oilers, and not the Texans, would be Houston’s team. 

      Speaking of the UK time zone, I dig the London games since I’m in the Eastern US, I can catch some football at 9:30am, which makes for a twelve-hour day of football! 

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