KANSAS CITY, MO – CIRCA 1960’s: Head Coach Hank Stram (R) of the Kansas City Chiefs and Quarterback Len Dawson (L) watching the action from the sidelines during a mid circa 1960’s NFL football game at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Stram was the head coach of the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs from 1960-1974. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
43. Hank Stram gets inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame (2003)
Perhaps the most recognizable Chiefs that non-Chiefs fans cannot name, Stram was the earliest face of the franchise. The initial era of the NFL, Stram forged the Kansas City football club into a force to be reckoned with.
Stram brought a focused, no-nonsense approach to football. He utilized a running scheme featuring the I-Formation, power runs and pulling linemen. Stram took the Chiefs to two Super Bowls, winning Kansas City’s only championship of the NFL era in 1970 in Super Bowl IV. Stram and his offensive philosophy were immortalized that day in what Sporting News called the most iconic play in the history of the Chiefs.
Wired for audio that day, Stram made the famous call for the play that would give the Chiefs the lead they would never relinquish: the “65 Toss Power Trap.”
Stram spent 15 years as the head coach of the franchise, both in Dallas and in Kansas City, before his final two NFL seasons in New Orleans. Stram’s induction into the Hall of Fame coincided with the induction of a player who ran for over 3,500 yards in Kansas City. Separated by nearly 20 years in Kansas City, Stram was inducted along with Marcus Allen.
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