Seeing former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli latch onto a plum television job with NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” coverage got me thinking how many former Chiefs personnel have made it to the big time in broadcasting.
We must have prepared them pretty well.
Below is a list of ex-Chiefs in the booth or doing studio work. If I’ve forgotten someone, we can update the list. I do not include Dick Vermeil, because he was a successful college football analyst before returning to coaching the St. Louis Rams.
And, I won’t take credit for Len Dawson, who actually began his broadcasting career while still playing for the Chiefs, starting in 1966, or the late Hank Stram, who worked for CBS Sports after his coaching career and was brilliant as Jack Buck’s analyst on Monday Night Football radio broadcasts.
The honor roll of announcers:
• Bill Cowher, CBS Sports … Chiefs coordinator, 1989-91
• Tony Dungy, NBC Sports … Chiefs secondary coach, 1989-90
• Herm Edwards, ESPN … Chiefs assistant 1992-94; head coach 2006-08
• Rich Gannon, CBS Sports … Chiefs QB 1996-1998
• Todd Blackledge, ESPN … Chiefs QB 1983-87
• Ron Jaworski, ESPN … Chiefs QB 1989
• Trent Green, NFL Network/Westwood One radio … Chiefs QB 2001-2006
• Marcus Allen, Fox Sports college studio … Chiefs RB 1993-1997
• Rich Baldinger, Channel 5/Metro Sports … Chiefs OL 1983-92
• Danan Hughes, Metro Sports … Chiefs WR1993-98
• Jayice Pearson, Fox Sports Net … Chiefs CB 1986-92
• Kendall Gammon, Chiefs radio network ... Chiefs LS 2000-06
• Ed Podolak, University of Iowa radio analyst … Chiefs RB 1969-77
• Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks radio … Chiefs QB 1999-00
• Bill Maas, former Fox Sports … Chiefs NT 1984-92