Chiefs Hall of Honor


Sherrill Headrick

Sherrill Headrick



Born: March 13, 1937 (Waco, TX)

College: TCU

Drafted: Undrafted free agent, 1960

Career Highlights:

  • AFL All-Star Game, 1961-62, 1965-66
  • All-AFL, 1960-62, 1964, 1966
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1993

For all the irrepressible and unforgettable personalities that have worn the red-and-gold, Sherrill Headrick may have been the single most distinctive. Known as “The Head” and “Psycho,” Headrick was an offensive guard in college at TCU, who switched to middle linebacker in the pros, where he quickly established himself as a player with an outsized personality and a consuming thirst for the football. An All-AFL performer three of his first four years, Headrick was the starting middle linebacker for the Chiefs in Super Bowl I. At 240 pounds, Headrick was small for his position, but a fierce tackler. As intense as he was as a player (it was his habit to throw up minutes before every game), the championship bridge player once showed up to practice in a Beatles wig, and on another occasion won a twist contest. “I am a kook,” said Headrick. His teammates marveled at his free spirit, as well as his legendary toughness. “He has the highest threshold of pain of any man I’ve ever handled,” said trainer Wayne Rudy.

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