Thursday, February 13, 2014
Choosing a Mount Arrowhead is difficult
By Adam Teicher
LeBron James has put Mount Rushmore in the news lately and here we're going to give you our choices for a Kansas City Chiefs Mount Rushmore. We'll call it Mount Arrowhead instead.
Lots of deserving candidates but here are the four heads I believe should be mounted somewhere atop Arrowhead Stadium.
1. Lamar Hunt. The franchise's founder, he also created the American Football League. He died in 2006 but Hunt's perceptive vision still guides the franchise. His legacy lives on in his son Clark, the Chiefs' current chairman.
2. Len Dawson. The only quarterback to ever guide the Chiefs to a league championship, and Dawson did it three times. Included is the Chiefs' only Super Bowl title. His legacy has only grown in the 39 years since his retirement as the Chiefs have repeatedly failed to adequately replace him.
3. Tony Gonzalez. The greatest pass catching tight end of all time spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Chiefs. That the Chiefs didn't win a title or even a playoff game during that time was hardly his fault.
4. Derrick Thomas. This may be my bias toward a more recent era. But those Chiefs' teams of the early to mid 90s, when the franchise experienced a revival, need to be represented. And I couldn't leave off one of the game's all-time great pass rushers.
I ran out of room before I could get to Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier and Hank Stram. But the arguments for each of them are compelling.