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.

 

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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.

 

 

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.

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4 comments

  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!

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