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TOFN podcast: HOFer Willie Lanier recalls five of his most memorable games

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The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian sits down with former Chiefs’ star Johnny Robinson to discover how he found his “destiny” without getting into the Hall.

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Why former Chiefs’ and Raiders’ defensive back Dave Grayson deserves to have his case heard by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Kansas City was the last Super Bowl champion to finish first across the board in the four major defensive statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense. The Chiefs lined up five Hall of Famers on defense that season – tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, linebackers Bobby Bell and Lanier and cornerback Emmitt Thomas.

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Former pass rusher Neil Smith is one of 108 preliminary candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he’s happy. “I had everything a complete player needs” to get in, he said.

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Nick Lowery was the most accurate kicker of his era, yet he has never been discussed as a Hall of Fame finalist … and that is wrong.

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Hall-of-Famer Curley Culp explains why his former teammates, Johnny Robinson of Kansas City and Robert Brazile of Houston, should be serious candidates for Canton.

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Former Washington running back Larry Brown says the defensive player who gave him the most trouble was former Chiefs linebacker and Hall-of-Famer Willie Lanier.

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Former tackle Willie Roaf insists he wouldn’t be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame were it not for a decision he made following the 2001 season.

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Derrick Thomas is in the Hall of Fame. Neil Smith is not. In fact, he’s not even on the preliminary list for the Class of 2017. Yet the two were, as Smith says, one of the best pass-rushing tandems ever, and he explains on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast how they drove each other.

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Jamaal Charles and Le’Veon Bell return to the field this Sunday in Pittsburgh as the Steelers try to bounce back from a resounding defeat a week ago in Philadelphia.

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Kansas City owner and CEO Clark Hunt explains how he hired Andy Reid and why quarterback Alex Smith is the “perfect” fit for Reid’s team — someone, Hunt believes, could lead the Chiefs to another Super Bowl.

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Former Kansas City tight end Fred Arbanas explains why the Chiefs’ beatdown of Chicago in a 1967 preseason game had everything to do with Kansas City’s Super Bowl I defeat.

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After a weekend where home teams went 0-4, the playoffs return to normal — with both of Saturday’s hosts, New England and Arizona, favored to advance to their conference championship games.

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The most meaningful win of the 1969 season for Kansas City? It wasn’t Super Bowl IV — at least not according to Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell. Nope, that distinction goes to the playoff defeat of Oakland, he said.

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The New England Patriots suffered more than their first defeat Sunday night. They suffered what may be a significant loss with the injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski — the latest in a series of setbacks to Tom Brady’s receivers. Though initial reports on Gronk were encouraging, the Pats are running out of playmakers as Cincinnati and Denver begin to close in.

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