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Former Kansas City star linebacker Headrick dies

9/10/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Chiefs are mourning the death of former standout linebacker Sherrill Headrick. The following is the team's release on his death:

The Kansas City Chiefs organization lost a treasured member of its history today as Chiefs Hall of Fame LB Sherrill Headrick passed away at the age of 71.

Headrick, the hard-nosed linebacker from Waco, Texas, was a member of the organization from '60-67. He earned the nickname "Psycho" from his teammates for his rambunctious nature and style of play between the lines. Headrick was named to five All-AFL squads ('61-62, '64-66) and appeared in 108 regular season contests as one of the league's best middle linebackers.

Inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in '93, Headrick posted 14 interceptions during his eight-year Texans/Chiefs career, returning three for touchdowns. He played in both the '62 and '66 AFL title game wins, as well as Super Bowl I. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Headrick played one season at offensive guard, center and linebacker in Canada ('59). He played collegiately at TCU.