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Derrick Johnson about to break Gary Spani’s Chiefs career tackles record

Gary Spani was introduced into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2003. He set the team’s career tackles record with 999.
Gary Spani was introduced into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2003. He set the team’s career tackles record with 999. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Chiefs couldn’t comb the game film from 1978-86 and find one more tackle for Gary Spani?

Spani is going to lose his team record for career tackles, probably Thursday when the Chiefs meet Denver in Arrowhead Stadium. Linebacker Derrick Johnson has 993 tackles and needs six to tie.

Spani has been sitting atop the list for three decades with 999.

“They almost made fun of the fact I had 999,” Spani said. “I’ve worked my tail off and I’m getting made fun of because I had 999.

“But, no, that number actually means something to me. It was perfect. A good way to end.”

Spani, a College Football Hall of Fame linebacker at Kansas State, has worked in the Chiefs’ front office since 1989 and currently is the team’s director of special events.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson spoke Tuesday about his upcoming franchise tackle record, regaining his form after missing the 2014 season and Peyton Manning. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

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