Kansas City Chiefs fans deserve back-to-back Super Bowls

KANSAS CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 05: Kansas City Chiefs fans gathered at Union Station on February 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri during the citys celebration parade for the Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 05: Kansas City Chiefs fans gathered at Union Station on February 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri during the citys celebration parade for the Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

Last year, Kansas City Chiefs fans celebrated the team’s first Super Bowl win in five decades.

There’s a very real chance that Kansas City Chiefs fans will get to do the very same thing again this year, and deservedly so. For Chiefs fans who have been around for any real length of time, the misery of heartbreak is a harsh reality.

Let down after let down made many fans wonder if a Super Bowl win was ever a real possibility. That’s why back to back Super Bowls is the best thing that could happen for Chiefs Kingdom.

Most average football fans don’t know that the Kansas City Chiefs were not always the Kansas City Chiefs. The advent of the AFL saw a Dallas startup team – the Texans – vying for attention with one of the NFL’s newest teams – the Dallas Cowboys.

Even with some success early on, Lamar Hunt and his Texans realized that there just wasn’t room enough in Dallas for two professional football teams. After their third season, which culminated in the team’s first AFL championship, Hunt moved the team to Kansas City and became the Chiefs.

Success after moving to Kansas City continued, winning two more AFL titles and even having the distinct honor of playing in the first world championship between the two leagues, which became known as the Super Bowl.

While a victory in that championship game, unfortunately, didn’t happen, it did just a few years later with a win over the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. After that win (the AFL’s second over the NFL), the NFL began to take the AFL seriously and a merger between the two leagues happened in 1970.

Kansas City Chiefs fans can rightly carry a sense of pride that their team contributed richly to the modern NFL.

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Unfortunately, after that initial success, things went downhill fast. Most of the 1970s and 1980s became abysmal years with many more losses than wins. It wasn’t until the arrival of head coach Marty Schottenheimer in 1989 that the Chiefs were able to stop the bleeding.

Along with the then-general manager, Carl Peterson, Schottenheimer was actually able to field a pretty solid Chiefs team. The arrival of NFL great, Joe Montana, really gave Kansas City fans the hope that big success was on the immediate horizon. Unfortunately, the Chiefs weren’t able to capture lightning in a bottle and could not advance any further than the AFC Championship in those years.

For over two decades from that point in time, the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t even able to capture a playoff win.

Even the success of the early 2000s under Dick Vermeil couldn’t do the trick. The arrival of veteran head coach Andy Reid in 2013 once again gave Chiefs fans a glimmer of hope. The wins began piling up immediately, but the team still just didn’t quite have what it took to put themselves over the top and each postseason losses stung more and more.

But something very big happened in 2017.

The Chiefs swung big in that year’s draft and picked a raw but talented quarterback out of Texas Tech by the name of Patrick Mahomes II. After sitting him behind then-quarterback Alex Smith for a season, the Chiefs finally unleashed their monster on the league in 2018.

Since that season, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the entire NFL for that matter, have never been the same. Numerous records, an NFL MVP, three straight AFC Championship games, a Super Bowl win, and a Super Bowl MVP are some of the best ways to describe what’s been happening in Kansas City over the last three seasons.

It’s been a whirlwind of success and here’s the best part – it’s just the beginning.

With many fans today not likely having been around for the team’s early success 50-60 years ago, this era of dominance is well deserved for this fanbase. After all those terrible years and hopes dashed every decade since, this team, its city, and its fans deserve another Super Bowl win.

Only the greatest of NFL teams can claim to have back-to-back Super Bowl victories and this is the Chiefs’ chance to put their name alongside those great teams.

If Kansas City can go grab another Lombardi Trophy in Tampa Bay, it’ll officially kick off the league’s next great dynasty.

This is no longer about catching lightning in a bottle. This is about that little AFL team that helped make this league what it is today and for its fans.

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Chiefs Kingdom deserves to see more than just back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, it deserves to see back-to-back Super Bowl wins!