Chiefs wanted Wilt Chamberlain?

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1972: Wilt Chamberlain
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1972: Wilt Chamberlain /

The Kansas City Chiefs apparently wanted to sign Wilt Chamberlain back in the 1960s.

Yes, this will have to be filed under the strange but true category. Apparently, back in the 1960s when Wilt Chamberlain was dominating on the hardwood as a future first-ballot Basketball Hall of Fame member, Chiefs coach Hank Stram wanted to try something crazy.

According to a Los Angeles Times article in 1986, Stram wanted to sign Chamberlain and make the 7-foot giant into a wide receiver. Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride talked about this on Saturday, and deserves all the credit for finding this gem.

Chamberlain never did join the CHIEFS, which is a damn shame because those would have been some incredible highlights to look back on. Can you imagine something like that happening in today’s world? It’s the equivalent of LeBron James calling up Kansas City and saying he wants to play alongside Jeremy Maclin as our second receiver. For the record, sign me up.

Kansas City could really use another option in the red zone to go with Travis Kelce and Maclin, so maybe Dwight Howard or James would be the right move? It’s been since 1969, fellas, it’s time to think outside the box!