Travis Kelce walked into Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night time sporting a Kansas Metropolis Chiefs cap and an odd-looking classic jacket. The jacket, within the Chiefs‘ pink and yellow colours, did not have the Kansas Metropolis arrow on it — as a substitute, within the high left nook, there was an overview of the state of Texas with a star in it.
What did this classic outerwear signify? It is a nod to Kansas Metropolis’s historical past…however in a unique metropolis.
Honoring the Chiefs’ historical past in Dallas
Many followers may not know that Kelce‘s jacket paid homage to the Dallas Texans — the Chiefs‘ identification previous to their transfer to Kansas Metropolis within the Sixties.
In August 1959, the brand new American Soccer League awarded constitution franchises to a number of cities across the United States. That included Dallas — which welcomed the NFL‘s Cowboys in 1960 in addition to the AFL‘s Texans, owned by businessman Lamar Hunt.
The Texans received 14 video games and misplaced 14 video games throughout the 1960 and 1961 seasons earlier than successful the AFL championship in 1962 — 5 years earlier than the primary Tremendous Bowl was performed. Nonetheless, the Texans weren’t lengthy for Dallas, as town was not capable of help two soccer franchises. So Hunt moved them to Kansas Metropolis in 1963, and the remaining is historical past.
Will loyalties be examined because the Kelce and Swift households get to know one another higher?
The Kansas Metropolis…Texans?
Apparently, Hunt initially needed to maintain the “Texans” moniker after the transfer to Missouri, as lots of the former Dallas gamers have been from Texas. Nonetheless, Hunt was talked out of the transfer and as a substitute held a “title the workforce” contest.
And the winner of that contest? The “Chiefs“, which narrowly beat out “Mules” for the nickname of Kansas Metropolis‘s first skilled soccer workforce.
The newly-branded Chiefs appeared twice extra within the Tremendous Bowl — successful it after the 1969 season — earlier than the AFL and the NFL agreed to merge in 1970. And with the arrival of gamers like Kelce and Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs have received the Tremendous Bowl twice extra simply prior to now 4 seasons.