For Pete's Sake

Numbers game: Pick Kansas City’s iconic No. 31

Priest Holmes
Priest Holmes File photo

Who wants to have some fun and start a conversation with your friends?

That’s what this semi-regular feature is all about. Every so often, I’ll ask for input on the iconic jersey numbers in Kansas City history. I’ve tried to include college players in the discussion.

To kick things off, who do you think of when someone asks about jersey No. 31? Vote in our poll below, but here are the finalists (in alphabetic order).

The candidates

▪ Priest Holmes: Rushed for 6,070 yards in six seasons with the Chiefs. Holmes scored 83 touchdowns in just 65 games. That included 27 rushing touchdowns in 2003, which was an NFL record at the time.

▪ Kevin Ross: In 2011, Ross was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. The cornerback had 30 interceptions in 156 games during his Chiefs’ career, which spanned 11 seasons.

▪ Bret Saberhagen: A two-time Cy Young award winner. Of course, one of those was after he switched to No. 18. But he was No. 31 when he was World Series MVP in 1985, and that’s pretty memorable.

▪ Max Scherzer: He was a monster in the Big 12. In 2005, he led the conference in ERA (1.86) and set the school record for strikeouts (131). That helped him win the Big 12 pitcher of the year award.

Here is the poll (mobile users, please tap here):

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