Who is Clark Hunt? 5 things to know about Kansas City Chiefs co-owner

Clark Hunt is the co-owner, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs.

While the Hunt family is the owner of the team on paper, Clark Hunt represents the face of the organization and represents the team at league meetings and has authority on personnel decisions.

Here are some other things to know about Hunt before the Chiefs play in the Super Bowl.

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1). LEGENDARY FAMILY.

Kansas City Chiefs owner and Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt is surrounded by reporters during the 1999 NFL Annual Meeting. (MIKE FIALA/AFP via Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs owner and Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt is surrounded by reporters during the 1999 NFL Annual Meeting. (MIKE FIALA/AFP via Getty Images)

Clark Hunt is the son of Lamar Hunt and the grandson of H.L. Hunt.

Lamar Hunt was the founder of the American Football League and Major League Soccer as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Wizards, which later became Sporting Kansas City. Lamar Hunt’s AFL was the NFL’s chief rival in its earlier years and later merged with the league, which created the American Football Conference.

Lamar Hunt is also credited with the coining the term “Super Bowl,” which became the game played between the NFL and AFL Championship winners and later the AFC and NFC championship winners. The use of the phrase “Super Bowl” began in Super Bowl III between the New York Jets and Baltimore Colts.

H.L. Hunt was an oil tycoon who owned the East Texas Oil Field, one of the world’s largest oil deposits.

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2). PRO FOOTBALL

Clark Hunt, part owner, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, holds the Lamar trophy after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clark Hunt, part owner, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, holds the Lamar trophy after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hunt became the chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005 and the co-owner in 2006 after his father died. He has overseen five coaching changes, which started with Dick Vermeil retiring after the 2005 season, the hiring of Herman Edwards which then led to Todd Haley, Romeo Crennel and finally Andy Reid.

Since Hunt took over things, the Chiefs have won five AFC West division titles but only made it further than the AFC Championship once – in the 2019 season when they defeated the Tennessee Titans.

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3). HUNT IS A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN

Clark Hunt talked about his faith in 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Clark Hunt talked about his faith in 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

Hunt discussed his faith in the middle of the 2019 season. He spoke at the CityFest East Texas Men’s Luncheon in Texas in October and said that Christian faith is a top priority for Chiefs employees.

“We want our employees to develop spiritually,” Hunt said, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “In the National Football League, Christ is really glorified. My identity is my faith in Christ.”

According to the paper, Arrowhead Stadium is fitted with a chapel and chaplains are part of the team.

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4). HUNT MARRIED FORMER MISS KANSAS

Hunt married Tavia Shackles in 1993. Shackles was a former Miss Teen Missouri and former Miss Kansas. She was second runner-up in the Miss USA pageant in 1993.

Hunt and Shackles have three children – Gracie, Knobel and Ava.

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5). AFC TROPHY COMES HOME

Norma Hunt, left, and her son Clark Hunt, center, owners of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, second right, celebrate after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Norma Hunt, left, and her son Clark Hunt, center, owners of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, second right, celebrate after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Lamar Hunt left a lasting legacy on the NFL. The AFC Championship trophy was named for him and Clark Hunt had an incredible moment of holding the trophy named for his father after the Chiefs’ win over the Titans.

“It’s a tremendous day for our family, and I should mention how happy I am for my mother [Norma],” Hunt said. “To hold and kiss this trophy really means a lot, and I think that’s true for my whole family.

“My mom alluded to it on the stage, my dad always felt like the team belonged to the fans — and what we’re most excited about today is winning this trophy for the fans.”

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