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The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time 

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Updated February 3, 2020 1.8k votes 407 voters 11.7k views 45 items

Big fan of Kansas City football? Then check out this list of Kansas City Chiefs linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Kansas City Chiefs history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Kansas City defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Chiefs LBs include Derrick Thomas, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, and Jim Lynch.

Who are the best linebackers in Kansas City Chiefs history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker. Vote below, then head over and check out the top Chiefs kickers ever and best Chiefs tight ends.

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Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

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#79 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #18 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #7 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

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Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

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#244 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #62 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #22 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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#787 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #131 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #65 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

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Jim Lynch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

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#108 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time #37 of 128 The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time #40 of 50 The Best Athletes Who Wore #51

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Donnie Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
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Gary Spani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Gary Spani

Chiefs career: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

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Mike Maslowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Mike Maslowski

Chiefs career: 2003, 2002, 2000

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Dino Hackett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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Dee Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 2017, 2016, 2015

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Shawn Barber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Shawn Barber

Chiefs career: 2004, 2003

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Tracy Simien is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Simien

Chiefs career: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991

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Frank Zombo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Frank Zombo

Chiefs career: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

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Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
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Marvcus Patton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Anthony Davis

Chiefs career: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995

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Jerry Blanton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Jerry Blanton

Chiefs career: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

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Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 1992, 1990

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Kawika Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Kawika Mitchell

Chiefs career: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

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Akeem Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Chiefs career: 2013

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Frank Manumaleuga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Frank Manumaleuga

Chiefs career: 1981, 1980, 1979

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Whitney Paul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Whitney Paul

Chiefs career: 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

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Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Chris Martin

Chiefs career: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

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Kendrell Bell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Kendrell Bell

Chiefs career: 2006, 2005