A senior finalist. Hey, Culp totally deserves the honor. I believe he’ll be elected and into the Hall because he was one of the better defenders on what I still believe was, in its day, the BEST DEFENSE in pro football.
But the crime continues because the best player on the team was Otis Taylor.
That 1969 Chiefs defense already has Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and Emmitt Thomas enshrined. The offense has Len Dawson and kicker Jan Stenerud and of course, coach Hank Stram. There are others who could join them including Jerry Mays (Defensive End) and EJ Holub(linebacker and center), to name a couple.
But the man who’s missing is Otis Taylor simply the best pure receiver of his day.
Nobody was better.
I have written this before. I got involved in the 90′s and early 2000′s trying to get Otis in the Hall. We worked with the Strams, Len Dawson, Billy Grigsby – anyone who could help. Westport featured Otis Taylor at several Red Fridays, Stanford’s had an Otis Taylor Day with Mayor Cleaver, Dawson, Grigsby and even my old enemy Kay Barnes.
But still no Hall.
We turned in over 15,000 signatures and nothing. Writers like Jeff Flanagan, Hearne Christopher and several sports writers wrote about the issue, but nothing was done.
For that matter they have never seen a great Chiefs team.
The late 60′s early 70′s Chiefs were one of the best all -time football franchises in the game. Ever.
Because of them this team has any proud history.
Same for the Royals, the George Brett Era is all the team has and it ended in 1985,. The Chiefs golden era ended in 1972 after what was at the time the longest game in history. A double overtime loss to Miami at Municipal Stadium.
The most popular Chief, maybe ever – including the overrated Tony G – is and was Otis Taylor.
He was the Chiefs offense. In fact along with Lenny The Cool Dawson he was the snapshot of greatness. What it once meant to be a Kansas City Chief.