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Peterson sparked Kansas City turnaround

3/17/2005 - Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dick Vermeil may be in the last
year of his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, but president Carl Peterson will stick around through the 2009 season.

The Chiefs on Thursday signed Peterson, who was entering the
last year of his contract, to a four-year extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Peterson became the Chiefs' top executive in December 1988.
During his 16-year tenure, Kansas City has employed just three
coaches and has finished first or second in the AFC West 11
times with eight playoff appearances. However, the Chiefs
reached the AFC championship game just one time.

"Carl was instrumental in leading the Chiefs back to the top
echelon of the NFL after joining the organization in 1988,"
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt said. "This new contract will carry
through his 21st season with the organization. Such stability
is unusual in the front office of an NFL team and is a big plus
for the football fans of mid-America."

Under Peterson's leadership, the Chiefs and the fans have
created one of the league's most impressive home-field
advantages. Kansas City has sold out 117 consecutive games at
Arrowhead Stadium, dating to the team's 1991 season opener.

"It has been my honor to work for the Hunt family these past
years," Peterson said. "I appreciate their confidence and
loyalty and will continue to work diligently to give them and
the fans of Kansas City my best efforts. It is my continued
goal to win a championship for the Hunt family and for the
greatest fans in pro football."

Peterson served as personnel director for the Philadelphia
Eagles in 1980 when they reached the Super Bowl with Vermeil as
coach.