‘Tis the season for NFL retirements, and we have an epic one with Jared Allen who retired by literally riding off into the sunset.

Allen was drafted in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 out of Idaho State.  The Defensive End would quickly become a starter and would become a fan favorite known for his quirk mannerisms and mullet hairstyle.  In 2007, which would be his last season with Kansas City, Allen would make his First Team All Pro roster, first Pro Bowl and would lead the NFL in Sacks.  He would also win the prestigious NFL Pass Rusher of the Year Award.

Allen would be traded to the Minnesota Vikings and would sign what was then the largest contract in NFL history for a defensive player.  In Minnesota, the accolades kept coming.  He made three more First Team All Pro Selections (2008, 2009 & 2011), won the NFL Alumni Defensive Alumni Player of the Year in 2009 and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.  In that season, Allen had 22 Sacks, which remains a Minnesota Vikings record.

He would later play with the Chicago Bears and finished off his career last season as a member of the Carolina Panthers where he appeared in last month’s Super Bowl.

Jared Allen finished off his career with 643 Tackles, 136 Quarterback Sacks and 6 Interceptions.  He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Jared Allen for his great career, and the impressive way in which he retired. 

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that former Fullback, Tony Richardson, will become the 46th member of their franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Richardson, who was undrafted out of Auburn, would briefly be with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before he was signed by the Chiefs in 1995.  Richardson would prove to bean elite blocker, and would pave the way for 1,000 Yard rushing seasons by his respective Running Backs, Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes.

Richardson would become an effective offensive weapon himself, rushing for 1,575 yards and catching 177 passes for another 1,298 Yards.  He would cross the goal line for 24 Touchdowns.

Two of Tony Richardson three Pro Bowls were as a Kansas City Chief and he would be named a Second Team All Pro in 2004.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Tony Richardson, the latest addition to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

We are slowly getting there!

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly (or glacier like) working on our top 50 players for each major North American Franchise.  After that is done, our intention is to look at how each one of those teams honor their past players and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Kansas City Chiefs has inducted Carlos Carson as the 47th member of their franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Drafted in the 5th Round out of LSU in the 1980 NFL Draft, “Speedy” Carlos Carlson would blossom into a dependable offensive weapon for the Chiefs.  A Pro Bowler in both 1983 and 1987, Carlson would have three 1,000 Receiving Yard seasons in KC and would overall catch 352 passes for 6,360 Yards with 33 Touchdown Passes. 

Carlson suited up for 352 Games as a Chief.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Carlos Carson for achieving this prestigious honor.
Tony Gonzalez will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019 and our guess (and isn’t it everyone’s?) that the former 14 time Pro Bowl Tight End will enter in his first try. While he is waiting for that accolade he has one Hall to enter first: the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Gonzalez (who also played basketball) was drafted out of UCLA 13th overall in 1997 and in his third season he would make his first of 10 Pro Bowls and first of five First Team All Pro nods. Gonzalez had four campaigns that exceeded 1,000 Yards (unheard of for a Tight End) and actually led the NFL in Receptions in 2004. In his 12 years with Kansas City, he tallied a whopping 10,940 Yards with 76 Touchdowns.

He will be honored at an Award banquet on February 24 and will be officially enshrined at Alumni Weekend this fall.

Gonzalez becomes the 44th player (and 48th member overall) to enter the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

7. Johnny Robinson

There are many people who have said that Johnny Robinson is one of the greatest safeties to ever play in the modern era.  He was certainly among the best to play in the old American Football League as he was voted to all AFL team.

Johnny Robinson was a converted Wide Receiver who adapted to the role of Safety effortlessly.  Robinson would twice lead the league in interceptions and cemented himself as the master of the position.  The AFL may have been a new league, but it was obvious that this was no bush circuit and the statistics that Robinson accrued were impressive.  Robinson led the defensive core to three AFL championships and a Super Bowl win.  Quarterbacks avoided him, and it is no stretch to say that offences worked their systems around him.

19. Jim Tyrer

Out of all the people on this list we will say up front that there is zero chance that Jim Tyrer will get into the Football Hall of Fame.  Killing your wife and committing suicide there after is sadly what Tyrer is best known for and this has led to him being ostracized by the NFL.

Had Tyrer not broke down in his personal life, his on field accomplishments may have been enough to get him in to Canton.  He was arguably the best Offensive Lineman in the AFL, and was a multiple time AFL All star.  He was voted to the all time AFL team and was a big part of opening holes for Chiefs runners for years.  Tyrer may very well the best lineman that Kansas City ever had.

20. Otis Taylor

It may seem a lifetime ago, but when Hall of Fame Quarterback Len Dawson was looking for a deep threat, it was Otis Taylor who was the target.  In fact, it was Taylor who caught half of the passes for the Kansas City Chiefs in their Super Bowl IV victory.

Taylor was a star in the AFL, and a big reason that the Chiefs were good.  He was their top receiver and rewarded them with a 1,297 yard season in 1966.  He was still productive after the NFL/AFL merger and the league in receiving yards in 1971.

30. Deron Cherry

Usually Punters don’t have much of a Hall of Fame shot.  Good thing for Deron Cherry that he focused on being a Safety.  Better thing for the Kansas City Chiefs as Cherry became one of the best at that position.

Using his athletic gifts, Deron Cherry emerged as a top defensive star in the NFL.  Once he became a star, he was among the leagues most consistent players.  Although he never led the league in interceptions, Cherry was a very good open field tackler and was rarely beat one on one.  For his efforts, Cherry was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and was named to the NFL All Decade Team for the 1980’s.

42. Neil Smith

Very few players could be viewed as the total athletic package. Neil Smith may have been one of those rare exceptions as scouts felt with his skills there was little he couldn’t do on the football field.  Those scouts would be right.

Neil Smith was a multi faceted Defensive End who was equally adept at stuffing the run as defending against the pass.  His true gift may have been sacking the Quarterback as he led the NFL in that category in 1993.  Smith was a six time Pro Bowler and though his skills were slightly diminished in the second half of his career, he was able to aid the Denver Broncos in their two consecutive Super Bowl wins in the late 90’s.

82. Ed Budde

Len Dawson was one of the great Quarterbacks of the American Football League, but a big reason he was able to do what he did was because Ed Budde helped him stay upright.

83. Dave Grayson

For so long the AFL was considered was considered the ugly stepchild of Football.  This officially changed when the Jets won Super Bowl III, and many people reevaluated their position on American Football League talent.  One such person was Dave Grayson who was a pick machine.