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Kansas City Chiefs Should Officially Retire Jersey of Hero Joe Delaney
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jul 4th 2008 4:34PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, Kansas CitEvery time the Kansas City Chiefs announce that they’re retiring a jersey number — as they did recently with former cornerback Emmitt Thomas — it raises the same question: Why haven’t they retired the number of Joe Delaney?

Twenty-five years ago, Delaney was a 24-year-old running back who had led the team in rushing in both of his pro seasons. But on June 29, 1983, he drowned while trying to rescue three boys who were stuck in a pond. His No. 37 jersey has not been worn since, but it also hasn’t been retired.

Why not? The Kansas City Star explains:
“The criteria for retiring jerseys was established by ,” said Chiefs associate director of media relations . “And that’s the criteria we use.
“Basically, if a Chiefs player gets into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the basis of that election was based on his career with the Chiefs, his number will be retired.”
OK, but why not make an exception to Lamar Hunt’s rule, just this once? The Chiefs have already taken No. 37 out of circulation. Why not make it official, and create a lasting tribute to Delaney’s greatness, on and off the field?




Damion McIntosh Name: Damion McIntosh
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