Chiefs vs. Cowboys: A Sibling Rivalry

By Troy Alan
Kirby Lee – USA Today Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys will always be related to each other, but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. Let’s consider them a dysfunctional family.

Lamar Hunt founded the American Football League in 1960 and built the Dallas Texans franchise. Of course, he moved the team to Kansas City and renamed them the Chiefs three years later. Perhaps that’s when the bad blood within the family began to flow.

This Sunday, the teams collide in Arrowhead Stadium. The family tree has certainly changed in the last 50 years.

Oilman Clint Murchison Jr. (who founded the Cowboys) and H.R. “Bum” Bright, whom he sold the franchise to in 1984 are resting peacefully beneath it, as is Hunt. Kansas City coach Hank Stram and Dallas coach Tom Landry have also passed.

Quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Len Dawson went on to be broadcasters. Current owners Clark Hunt and Jerry Jones are doing just fine if you’re looking at bank statements, but their teams are struggling on the field as of late. Current QBs Alex Smith and Tony Romo have both been severely scrutinized.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is the newest addition to the family, and counterpart Jason Garrett may be on the verge of being ostracized by Jones. It wouldn’t be the first limb to be trimmed, as Jerry has kicked three Super Bowl-winning head coaches out of his house. Landry, Jimmie Johnson and Barry Switzer are all banned from returning home.

Troy Alan is an NFL writer for

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