Chiefs & Raiders: A history of players/coaches changing sides
The Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday came to terms with former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt. According to sources, Routt will receive $6.5 million in guarantees and will make $11 million in 2012 as part of a three-year deal.
This is not the first time a player or coach has traded-in their colors in this fierce rivalry. Here’s a look at some that joined the enemy in the past:
Harvey Williams, RB (From KC to OAK)
In 1993, Los Angeles had a putrid rushing attack. A year later, Williams, who had his carries taken away by former Raider Marcus Allen, signed a one-year deal to become the primary ball carrier for the Silver & Black. After becoming the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Allen back in 1985, the Raiders rewarded Williams in 1995 with a five-year $11 million deal in free agency. “(Raiders owner) Al Davis took a gamble, and it has paid off,” said Williams.
“Only one word: Blood,” stated Williams when asked about the rivalry between the Raiders and Chiefs.
Chester McGlockton, DT (From OAK to KC)
The former Clemson star was Oakland’s first round draft selection in 1992. He earned all four of his Pro Bowl bids with the Silver & Black before landing in Kansas City for three campaigns. Oakland declined to match the offer sheet presented by the Chiefs and they received compensation with his departure.
“He’s a terror,” defensive lineman Aundray Bruce said of his former teammate.
Rich Gannon, QB (From KC to OAK)
Gannon’s arrival in Oakland facilitated a Raider revival. He excelled with Jon Gruden and led the team two-conference championship games, three-straight division crowns and a Super Bowl appearance.
The passer got some sweet revenge in 2000 when the Raiders beat the Chiefs, 41-38, in the regular season finale to keep Kansas City out of the playoffs. Gannon, who received a warm ovation from the crowd at Arrowhead, led the Silver & Black with 324-yards passing and three touchdowns, in snapping an 11-game losing streak on the road versus their rivals.
Albert Lewis, CB (From KC to OAK)
The four-time Pro Bowl selection spent 11-seasons with the Chiefs before ending his career five years later with the Silver & Black. In Lewis’ final game as a pro in 1998, the Raiders lost to the Chiefs in the season finale. Oakland was 8-8 that season and when Lewis was asked how he’d like to be remembered, he simply held on to his Raider jersey.
Art Shell, coach (From OAK to KC to OAK)
In 1995, after spending 27 years with the Raiders, Shell became the Kansas City offensive line coach. “I couldn’t figure out a way to beat him,” Shell said of Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer. “So I decided I’d better join him.”
Marcus Allen, RB (From LA to KC)
One of the most prolific players in the Raiders’ history signed with the Chiefs prior to the 1993 season after a long feud with Al Davis. The legendary owner called Allen a “cancer to the team,” during a contract dispute and was relegated to bench duties during their dispute. “I think [Davis] tried to ruin the latter part of my career, tried to devalue me. He’s trying to stop me from going to the Hall of Fame. They don’t want me to play,” said Allen.
From 1993 to 1997, he was rejuvenated with Kansas City, winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1993 and adding 47 more touchdowns rushing to his Hall of Fame stats.
Al Saunders, coach (From KC to OAK)
Saunders was an assistant head coach/wide receivers (1989-1998) coach and offensive coordinator (2001-2005 for the Chiefs during two stints with the organization. He is currently the senior offensive assistant for the Silver & Black.
Terdell Sands, DT (From KC to OAK)
The mammoth tackle was once a seventh round draft choice of the Chiefs. He was on the Raiders from 2003-to-2008 and after the 2006 season, Oakland re-signed him to a four-year, $17 million contract.
Andre Rison, WR (From KC to OAK)
Spent three seasons in Kansas City, where he adopted the nickname ‘Spiderman.’ He was notably given the moniker, “Bad Moon” by ESPN’s Chris Berman earlier in his career when he was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. With the Chiefs, he had 133 receptions 1,852 yards and 12 touchdowns. In one campaign with the Raiders, he tallied 41 catches for 606 yards and 6 scores.
Tom Flores, QB/Coach (From OAK to KC)
Flores is well known for winning two Super Bowls with the Silver & Black. But he was also a back-up passer for the Chiefs in 1969 when they won a championship.
Gunther Cunningham, Coach (From LA to KC)
Was Los Angeles for four years (1991-1994) as a defensive coordinator before landing at Kansas City at that same capacity and later coaching the squad from 1999-to-2000. He returned to the Chiefs in 2004, till the end of the 2008 campaign.
“It’s a dark game. I characterize it as a lot of darkness,” said Cunningham of the rivalry.
Here’s a look at some of the most historic quotes in the rivalry’s past: