Football The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time  

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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.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Kansas City Chiefs starting LBs and backup LBs are Ukeme Eligwe, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Reggie Ragland, Frank Zombo, Dee Ford, and Dadi Nicolas. 

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.

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48 5
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

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

2
33 8
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

3
33 8
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

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

4
32 8
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

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

5
26 8
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

6
18 7
Jim Lynch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

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

7
11 2
Dee Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

8
14 6
Donnie Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008, 2007,  2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

9
9 2
Jerry Blanton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Jerry Blanton

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

10
13 6
Gary Spani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Gary Spani

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

11
7 1
Mike Maslowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Mike Maslowski

Seasons: 2003, 2002, 2000

12
6 1
Dino Hackett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

13
6 1
Kawika Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Kawika Mitchell

Seasons: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

14
10 6
Frank Zombo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Frank Zombo

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

15
9 5
Tracy Simien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Simien

Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991

16
8 4
Shawn Barber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Shawn Barber

Seasons: 2004, 2003

17
7 4
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2010, 2009

18
4 1
Marvcus Patton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

19
4 1
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Anthony Davis

Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995

20
7 5
Akeem Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2013

21
3 1
Walker Lee Ashley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Walker Lee Ashley

Seasons: 1989

22
3 1
Tracy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Rogers

Seasons: 1996, 1994, 1993, 1991

23
3 1
Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1992, 1990

24
6 5
Jovan Belcher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

25
6 5
Ramik Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Ramik Wilson

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

26
4 3
Napoleon Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2007

27
4 3
Corey Mays is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Corey Mays

Seasons: 2009

28
2 1
Louis Cooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Louis Cooper

Seasons: 1988, 1987, 1986

29
2 1
Whitney Paul is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Whitney Paul

Seasons: 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

30
3 3
Pat Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Pat Thomas

Seasons: 2008

31
2 2
Aaron Pearson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Aaron Pearson

Seasons: 1988, 1987

32
1 1
Ken McAlister is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Ken McAlister

Seasons: 1986, 1984

33
1 1
Frank Manumaleuga is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Frank Manumaleuga

Seasons: 1981, 1980, 1979

34
1 2
Charles Jackson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Charles Jackson

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981

35
1 2
Calvin Daniels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Calvin Daniels

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983

36
1 2
Terry Wooden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1997

37
0 1
Ken Jolly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Ken Jolly

Seasons: 1985, 1984

38
0 1
Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Chris Martin

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

39
0 1
John Zamberlin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1984, 1983

40
4 6
Kendrell Bell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Kendrell Bell

Seasons: 2006, 2005

41
10 13
Marcus Peters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Marcus Peters

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

42
2 4
Josh Mauga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Josh Mauga

Seasons: 2015, 2014

43
1 3
Lewis Bush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Lewis Bush

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

44
1 3
Tim Cofield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
Tim Cofield

Seasons: 1988, 1987, 1986

45
0 2
George Jamison is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers of All Time
George Jamison

Seasons: 1995, 1994