John Alt was a first round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1984 draft out of the University of Iowa. Through and through, one of the most solid drafts of the professional era, Alt was the second offensive lineman taken off the board, after overall #2 pick Dean Steinkuhler. He’d be penciled in at tackle, and over the next 3 seasons, John edged his way into full time starting duty for the team. By 1987, Alt was a fixture on the blindside of the Chiefs quarterback corps where he remained for the entirety of his career. An equally adept pass and run blocker, John helped clear the way for Christian Okoye to lead the NFL in rushing during the 1989 season, and earned AP Honors in 1990 and 1991. John also holds a share of the team record for most playoff appearances with 10. Finally neck, back, and knee injuries took its toll on Alt’s career and he’d retire after the ’96 season.
Originally a tight end upon his arrival at Iowa, he outgrew the position, and bulked up to 275 by his senior season. It all paid off as he earned AP All-American and Big 10 Honors for his play. In 2002, the Chiefs inducted him into their Hall of Fame. Unable to escape the lure of the sport, he’s back coaching offensive line at the high school level in Minnesota.