KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Once upon a very different time, when Super Bowl tickets cost $15 and nearly every professional football player needed an offseason job to supplement his income and a fellow named Patrick Mahomes Sr. literally was in the embryonic stage of his life, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV.
Somehow, on the very day after that 23-7 smothering of Minnesota on Jan. 11, 1970 in New Orleans, Kansas City held a parade that its hometown newspaper described as “an ecstatic outpouring of pride and enthusiasm (attended by) more than 100,000 Kansas Citians.”
“With a look stamped on his face that smacked of disbelief at the size of the welcome, Hank Stram, the Chiefs coach, led his warriors in the parade like a Caesar returning to Rome or Alexander the Great to Greece,” The Star wrote, reflecting a certain parlance of the era.
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