1965 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1965 Kansas City Chiefs season was the 6th season for the Kansas City Chiefs as a professional AFL franchise; they finished with a 7–5–2 record and missed the AFL playoffs.

For the 1965 season, the Chiefs were caught in the middle of the AFL and NFL's bidding wars for college talent. Kansas City made running back Gale Sayers from the University of Kansas their first-round draft pick,[1] but Sayers eventually signed with the Chicago Bears, who had also drafted him with their first pick in the NFL's draft.[2]

The club suffered a devastating blow late in the 1965 season when running back Mack Lee Hill suffered torn ligaments in his right knee in the next-to-last regular season game of the year at Buffalo on December 12. Following what was expected to be a routine surgery on December 14 at Menorah Hospital in Kansas City, Hill died from what was termed "a sudden and massive embolism." Hunt called Hill's death "the worst shock possible." Just days after Hill's unexpected death, the mourning Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos on December 19 to finish the year with a 7–5–2 record.[2]

1965 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldMunicipal Stadium
Division place3rd AFL Western
Playoff finishdid not qualify
AFL All-StarsQB Len Dawson
WR Frank Jackson
T Jim Tyrer
FB Curtis McClinton
DE Jerry Mays
DE Buck Buchanan
LB Sherrill Headrick
LB E. J. Holub
LB Bobby Bell
S Johnny Robinson

Season schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1965 at Oakland Raiders L 37–10
2 September 18, 1965 at New York Jets W 14–10
3 September 26, 1965 at San Diego Chargers T 10–10
4 October 3, 1965 Boston Patriots W 27–17
5 October 10, 1965 at Denver Broncos W 31–23
6 October 17, 1965 Buffalo Bills L 23–7
7 October 24, 1965 at Houston Oilers L 38–36
8 October 31, 1965 Oakland Raiders W 14–7
9 November 7, 1965 New York Jets L 13–10
10 November 14, 1965 San Diego Chargers W 31–7
11 November 21, 1965 at Boston Patriots T 10–10
12 November 28, 1965 Houston Oilers W 52–21
13 Bye
14 December 12, 1965 at Buffalo Bills L 34–25
15 December 19, 1965 Denver Broncos W 45–35



AFL Western Division
San Diego Chargers 9 2 3 .818 4–1–1 340 227 W3
Oakland Raiders 8 5 1 .615 3–3 298 239 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .583 4–1–1 322 285 W1
Denver Broncos 4 10 0 .286 0–6 303 392 L4

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 395
  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Chiefs History 1960's". Archived from the original on October 18, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2007.
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/kan/1965_games.htm
List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.

Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)
Eastern Division
Western Division

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