The Chiefs’ sad list of tragedies includes another murder-suicide
Saturday's tragic news that Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend before killing himself summoned the painful memory of another murder-suicide involving a member of the Kansas City Chiefs organization.
On Sept. 15 1980, former Chiefs lineman Jim Tyrer murdered his wife Martha at home before taking his own life. The couple had four children and had been a part of the Chiefs community since the franchise moved from Dallas to Kansas City in 1963.
The news, of course, came as a big shock in the football world. The 41-year-old Tyrer had been a 10-time all-star and was a pivotal member of the Super Bowl IV title team. He had been inducted into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame in 1978 and was even a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame a few months after his death. (It was the last time his name would appear on the ballot).
Tyrer, however, had a tough time adjusting to his life after the NFL and had reportedly been experiencing financial difficulties when his job as a traveling salesman did not prove as lucrative as his professional athlete's paycheck. Though some have recently theorized that undiagnosed brain trauma from Tyrer's football days may have contributed to his mindset, there is no way to prove that more than 30 years later.