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    1967 Willie Lanier & Others Game Worn Kansas City Chiefs Helmet. Besides his hard hitting style of HOF play for 11 years as leader of the Chiefs D, Willie Lanier is most noted for his unusual helmet. For the majority of his career, Lanier wore the red Chiefs arrowhead helmet with unusual exterior padding covering the entire top of the shell.

    Lanier wore this style to protect against aggravating early career head injuries. In his rookie year of 1967, he missed four games and when he returned in late season, he donned a Chiefs helmet with the extra padding.

    Prior to that, he wore a wide ridge helmet with two different style masks - the conventional cage and then the Dunguard full cage which became standard throughout his career.

    The offered helmet has a "1963" stamp in the crown. It also has multiple cage drillings and multiple stampings of the Riddell print logo on lower back. The interior features player markered #s - No. 61 for Dennis Biodrowski and No. 58 for Andy Rice. Both players probably wore the helmet from 1964 - 1966 with different masks, prior to Lanier in 1967.

    Lanier's No. 63 is also markered and there is athletic tape in the lower back with 'Lanier' in faded marker. The identifier is brittle and held on with scotch tape.
    From his earliest days with the Chiefs, a relic which was worn yearly from the arrival of the Chiefs in KC until worn briefly by Willie Lanier in 1967. The photos of Lanier in action were added to this online listing in order to show the different style helmets he wore very early in his career. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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