Longtime Fort Worth-area resident Sherrill Headrick, a former standout linebacker for TCU, the Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, has died. He was 71.
The Chiefs announced Headrick’s death Wednesday. Headrick had suffered from cancer.
Headrick played eight seasons for the Texans/Chiefs franchise. He was selected to five all-AFL squads and started at middle linebacker during the team’s AFL title wins in 1962 and 1966, as well as the first Super Bowl.
Nicknamed “Psycho” by his teammates for his aggressive play and personality, he was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1993.
The Waco native also played one season in Canada.
“He was a fantastic football player,” former Chiefs tight end Fred Arbanas told The Kansas City Star. “Sherrill was so quick, most of the offensive linemen couldn’t get to him.
“He was such a wild man, people didn’t realize he was such a student of the game. Teams would come out in different formations, and Sherrill knew exactly where the ball was going to go.”
Headrick had a simple explanation for playing through the pain, The Kansas City Star reported.
“Back then, we had only 33 players on the roster,” Headrick said at the time of his induction into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. “If you got hurt, someone would take your job. I had a lot of injuries, but fortunately not any I couldn’t play with.”
He said at his Chiefs Hall of Fame induction: “I’ve been a cripple for years. People ask, would you do it again? I would have liked to have made more money, but it was the most enjoyable thing in the whole world to me. Playing with all the guys, playing in the first Super Bowl, most people don’t accomplish nearly as much in sports.”