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1971 Kansas City Chiefs

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10-3-1, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 0.6, Defense: 4.5, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (21.6/g), 8th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 208 points (14.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of 94 points (6.7/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-4.1.

Coach: Hank Stram (10-3-1)

Stadium: Kansas City Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Len Dawson* 36 14 13 167 for 301, 2,504 yards, 15 td, 13 int, & 12 rushes for 24 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1957
RB Ed Podolak 24 2 11 184 rushes for 708 yards, 9 td, & 36 catches for 252 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 48th pick / 1969
FB Wendell Hayes 31 8 14 132 rushes for 537 yards, 1 td, & 16 catches for 150 yards and 1 td
WR Otis Taylor*+ 29 6 14 57 catches for 1,110 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for 25 yards and 1 td Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 29th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 15th / 203rd pick / 1965
WR Elmo Wright 22 Rook 14 26 catches for 528 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -10 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 16th pick / 1971
TE Morris Stroud 25 2 13 22 catches for 454 yards, 1 td Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 76th pick / 1969
LT Jim Tyrer* 32 10 14 1 fumble recovered Dallas Texans / 3rd / 22nd pick / 1961
Chicago Bears / 14th / 188th pick / 1961
LG Ed Budde* 31 8 14 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 4th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 8th pick / 1963
C Jack Rudnay 24 1 13 Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 101st pick / 1969
RG Mo Moorman 26 3 8 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 19th pick / 1968
RT Dave Hill 30 8 13 New York Giants / 5th / 62nd pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 24th / 192nd pick / 1963
 Defensive Starters
LDE Marvin Upshaw 25 3 14 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1968
LDT Curley Culp* 25 3 14 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
RDT Buck Buchanan* 32 8 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 1st pick / 1963
New York Giants / 19th / 265th pick / 1963
RDE Aaron Brown 28 5 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 6th pick / 1966
LLB Bobby Bell* 31 8 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 16th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 7th / 56th pick / 1963
MLB Willie Lanier*+ 26 4 14 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 50th pick / 1967
RLB Jim Lynch 26 4 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 47th pick / 1967
LCB Jim Marsalis 26 2 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 23rd pick / 1969
RCB Emmitt Thomas* 28 5 14 8 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
SS Jim Kearney 28 6 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 151st pick / 1965
FS Johnny Robinson 33 11 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1960
 Special Teams Starters
K Jan Stenerud* 29 4 0 26 of 44 field goals & 32 of 32 extra points
P Jerrel Wilson* 30 8 0 64 punts for a 44.8 average, 1 blocked Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 88th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 225th pick / 1963
PR Ed Podolak 24 2 11 14 punt returns for a 6.0 average and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 48th pick / 1969
KR Kerry Reardon 22 Rook 0 12 kick returns for a 25.7 average and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 146th pick / 1971

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
1 Mike Adamle 22 8 0 197 5-9 Northwestern 10/4/1949 Rook 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 120th pick / 1971
48 Nate Allen 23 4 0 170 5-10 Texas Southern 5/13/1948 Rook 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
78 Bobby Bell* 31 LLB 14 14 228 6-4 Minnesota 6/17/1940 8 10 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 16th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 7th / 56th pick / 1963
24 Ceasar Belser 27 14 0 205 6-0 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/13/1944 3 3 Washington Redskins / 10th / 145th pick / 1966
84 Bruce Bergey 25 6 0 240 6-2 UCLA 8/8/1946 Rook 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 14th / 354th pick / 1971
87 Aaron Brown 28 RDE 13 13 255 6-5 Minnesota 11/16/1943 5 8 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 6th pick / 1966
86 Buck Buchanan* 32 RDT 14 14 270 6-7 Grambling St. 9/10/1939 8 10 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 1st pick / 1963
New York Giants / 19th / 265th pick / 1963
71 Ed Budde* 31 LG 14 14 265 6-5 Michigan St. 11/2/1940 8 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 4th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 8th pick / 1963
61 Curley Culp* 25 LDT 14 14 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 3 9 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
60 George Daney 25 14 6 240 6-4 Detroit Mercy,Texas-El Paso 2/2/1946 3 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 22nd pick / 1968
16 Len Dawson* 36 QB 14 13 190 6-0 Purdue 6/20/1935 14 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1957
83 Willie Frazier 29 8 1 245 6-4 Ark-Pine Bluff 6/19/1942 7 1
23 David Hadley 23 14 0 186 5-9 Alcorn St. 10/8/1948 1 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 78th pick / 1970
38 Wendell Hayes 31 FB 14 14 220 6-1 Humboldt St. 8/5/1940 8 7
73 Dave Hill 30 RT 14 13 260 6-5 Auburn 2/1/1941 8 7 New York Giants / 5th / 62nd pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 24th / 192nd pick / 1963
45 Robert Holmes 26 6 0 221 5-9 Southern 10/5/1945 3 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 14th / 375th pick / 1968
21 Dennis Homan 25 8 0 181 6-1 Alabama 1/9/1946 3 1 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1968
7 John Huarte 28 1 0 185 6-0 Notre Dame 5/20/1943 5 0 New York Jets / 2nd / 12th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 76th pick / 1965
41 Bruce Jankowski 22 5 0 185 5-11 Ohio St. 8/12/1949 Rook 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 250th pick / 1971
46 Jim Kearney 28 SS 14 14 206 6-2 Prairie View 1/21/1943 6 6 Detroit Lions / 11th / 151st pick / 1965
63 Willie Lanier*+ 26 MLB 14 14 245 6-1 Morgan St. 8/21/1945 4 14 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 50th pick / 1967
10 Mike Livingston 26 qb 3 1 212 6-4 SMU 11/14/1945 3 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 48th pick / 1968
82 Ed Lothamer 29 14 0 270 6-5 Michigan St. 5/20/1942 7 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 26th pick / 1964
Baltimore Colts / 5th / 64th pick / 1964
51 Jim Lynch 26 RLB 14 14 235 6-1 Notre Dame 8/28/1945 4 8 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 47th pick / 1967
40 Jim Marsalis 26 LCB 14 14 194 5-11 Tennessee St. 10/10/1945 2 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 23rd pick / 1969
6 Warren McVea 25 12 3 182 5-9 Houston 7/30/1946 3 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 109th pick / 1968
76 Mo Moorman 26 RG 9 8 252 6-5 Kentucky,Texas A&M 7/24/1945 3 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 19th pick / 1968
50 Mike Oriard 23 14 1 223 6-4 Notre Dame 5/26/1948 1 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 130th pick / 1970
35 Jim Otis 23 13 0 220 6-0 Ohio St. 4/29/1948 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 218th pick / 1970
14 Ed Podolak 24 PR 13 11 204 6-1 Iowa 9/1/1947 2 10 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 48th pick / 1969
15 Kerry Reardon 22 KR 6 0 180 5-11 Iowa 5/6/1949 Rook 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 146th pick / 1971
42 Johnny Robinson 33 FS 14 14 205 6-1 LSU 9/9/1938 11 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1960
58 Jack Rudnay 24 C 13 13 240 6-3 Northwestern 11/20/1947 1 7 Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 101st pick / 1969
20 Mike Sensibaugh 22 7 0 192 5-11 Ohio St. 1/3/1949 Rook 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 8th / 191st pick / 1971
70 Sid Smith 23 14 1 260 6-4 USC 7/6/1948 1 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 26th pick / 1970
66 Bob Stein 23 14 0 235 6-3 Minnesota 1/22/1948 2 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 126th pick / 1969
3 Jan Stenerud* 29 K 14 0 187 6-2 Montana St. 11/26/1942 4 2
88 Morris Stroud 25 TE 14 13 255 6-10 Clark (GA) 5/17/1946 2 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 76th pick / 1969
89 Otis Taylor*+ 29 WR 14 14 215 6-3 Prairie View 8/11/1942 6 14 Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 29th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 15th / 203rd pick / 1965
18 Emmitt Thomas* 28 RCB 14 14 192 6-2 Bishop 6/3/1943 5 9
77 Jim Tyrer* 32 LT 14 14 280 6-6 Ohio St. 2/25/1939 10 9 Dallas Texans / 3rd / 22nd pick / 1961
Chicago Bears / 14th / 188th pick / 1961
81 Marvin Upshaw 25 LDE 14 14 260 6-4 Trinity (TX) 11/22/1946 3 7 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1968
44 Jerrel Wilson* 30 P 14 0 222 6-2 Southern Miss 10/4/1941 8 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 88th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 225th pick / 1963
17 Elmo Wright 22 WR 14 14 190 6-0 Houston 7/3/1949 Rook 7 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 16th pick / 1971
99 Wilbur Young 22 de 13 1 285 6-6 William Penn 4/20/1949 Rook 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 39th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.4 14 223.3 6-2.0 3.9