The Chiefs weren’t always winners.
In the years before coach Andy Reid arrived, they had five losing seasons out of six, including two campaigns with just two wins against fourteen losses. Guys like Tyler Thigpen and Brady Quinn were under center before the Chiefs drafted a lanky kid from Texas Tech. The team went six years without winning the division they now dominate.
And yet, if you went out to Arrowhead during those lean years, you’d find the scene wasn’t so different from last year, when their juggernaut offense rolled up historic numbers, staging comeback after comeback en route to the team’s first ring in fifty years. Even when the team wasn’t winning, the parking lots were packed with loyal fans who committed their Sundays to cheering on Damon Huard.
In Kansas City, football isn’t just football—it’s family time. It’s an occasion to bring generations together to toss a pigskin around, crack a few beers and tuck into some burnt ends and cheesy corn bake.
That’s what makes this such a special time. Sure, in general, our present circumstances could be a little better. But one bright spot in these weird times is that, after fifty years of faithful support, the Kansas City Chiefs have fielded a team worthy of the unconditional love of their fans.
These Chiefs are special. They’re led by a generational talent and coached by a standup guy who has the respect of everyone in the league. Take it from me, a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan: This is an era you want to savor.
We hope this issue will help you find ways to enjoy this very special time just a little more.