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Chiefs notebook: Gary Green inducted in the team’s Hall of Fame

Former Kansas City Chiefs player Gary Green waved to the crowd after his introduction into the Chiefs Hall of Fame as team owner Clark Hunt applauded at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
Former Kansas City Chiefs player Gary Green waved to the crowd after his introduction into the Chiefs Hall of Fame as team owner Clark Hunt applauded at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Gary Green was part of a Chiefs resurgence that didn’t quite finish the task. But his efforts did not go overlooked.

Green, a Pro Bowl cornerback in three of his seven seasons with the Chiefs from 1977-83, was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. His name will join those in the circle around Arrowhead Stadium.

“My name up on this stadium, it’s the greatest honor I’ve ever had,” Green said. “When you get to this level and to be considered one of the better players who played for this organization, there is no better honor.”

Green, the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick from Baylor in 1977, appeared in 100 games with 99 starts. He record 24 interceptions and recovered 10 fumbles and blocked two points. He was a captain for five seasons.

The Chiefs posted six straight losing seasons until finishing 8-8 in 1980 and 9-7 the next year before slipping over the next two years. Green was traded after 1983 and finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

Chiefs’ sack attack

The Chiefs recorded six sacks of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, the second game of at least six sacks this season (six against the Lions).

Dee Ford, Mike DeVito, Tyvon Branch, Jaye Howard, Frank Zombo and Ron Parker each recorded sacks. For DeVito it was his third this season, which gives him 5  1/2 for his career.

“It’s been a fun year, no question,” DeVito said.

The Chiefs have recorded at least six sacks 57 times in their history and are in 51-5-1.

Woodson’s career ends

Sunday’s game marked the final NFL contest for Oakland safety Charles Woodson, who likely will be voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

Fittingly, Woodson ended his career at the same place he started it in 1998 — Arrowhead Stadium.

“He’s such a mentor,” left tackle Donald Penn said. “One thing about Woodson that you guys never see, he’s a vocal leader ... this is his 18th season and he goes out to practice all of the time, (he) plays hurt with all of his injuries.

“I hope these young guys see that and learn from that. It’s a great accomplishment, what he’s done in this league. I wish we could have sent him out with a win.”

A record-setting third quarter

With a third-quarter deflection, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters broke the franchise record for the most passed defensed in a season with 26, which was previously set by Brandon Carr in 2010.

With a third-quarter catch, Jeremy Maclin became the Chiefs’ all-time single-season receptions leader for a receiver with 87, passing Dwayne Bowe’s 86-catch season in 2008. Maclin’s eight touchdowns are the most by a Chiefs receiver since the 2010 season, when Bowe led the league with 15 touchdowns.

Chiefs injuries

Center Mitch Morse (concussion), linebacker D.J. Alexander (concussion) and Maclin (hip) each left the game with injuries at one point.

Alexander and Maclin both returned, however, and after the game, Maclin insisted he will be ready for the Chiefs’ wild-card showdown against the Texans.

“Yeah, yeah, I’ll be alright,” Maclin said. “There’s no way I’ll (miss it).”

Team captains

The Chiefs’ captains were receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., Branch and receiver Chris Conley. This was Branch’s third time as a captain this season. Hammond and Conley were first-timers.

Worth noting

With his first quarter sack of Carr, safety Parker now has the most career sacks by a defensive back in team history with seven. The sack was Parker’s fifth of the season.

Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff and Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

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