Chiefs to honor Hunt with uniform patch

Jan. 31, 2008 at 1:14 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Kansas City Chiefs will make a patch bearing Lamar Hunt's initials a permanent part of their uniforms to honor the man who founded the NFL team.

The National Football League granted the Chiefs permission to add the patch to the left side of the jersey on both home and road uniforms.

"For all of his countless accomplishments in the world of sports, my father's legacy will always be most closely linked to the founding of the American Football League and its subsequent merger with the NFL," said Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt. "The patch is a fitting tribute for his contributions to the league and a permanent reminder of the indelible mark he left on the game."

Lamar Hunt helped establish the American Football League in 1960. His team -- the Dallas Texans -- played one year in Dallas before moving to Kansas City, Mo. He is considered a key element in the merger between the NFL and AFL.

Hunt died Dec. 13, 2006, at the age of 74. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972 and the AFC championship trophy is named for him.

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