NFL The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time  

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This is a list of the best Kansas City Chiefs of all time. Founded by football pioneer Lamar Hunt, the Kansas City Chiefs were originally the Dallas Texans. The franchise started in 1960, but moved to KC in 1963. The Chiefs had some of the best players in the AFL during those early days. Many of the greatest players in Chiefs history were on these teams. Superstars like Len Dawson, Buck Buchanan, Abner Haynes and Otis Taylor were on the Chiefs during the formative days of the franchise. With the foundation of the team in place, the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV with a convincing 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.That Chiefs team is considered one of the best teams in franchise history.

After those initial glory years, the Chiefs wallowed in the NFL wilderness for years. The late '80s saw the Chiefs draft two of the greatest players in team history, including one of the best linebackers ever. Beginning with Neil Smith in 1988, the Chiefs hit the jackpot when they drafted superstar linebacker Derrick Thomas in 1989. Thomas was one of the most feared defensive players in the league and along with Buchanan, is considered one of the best Chiefs of all time.

This list of the best Kansas City Chiefs dates back to the team's formation in 1995. If you notice someone who is missing from this list of all time Chiefs, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Chiefs ever according to who you think should be considered the best in franchise history.
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1
563 87
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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2
627 107
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
317 69
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Will Shields Guard

4
396 109
Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Priest Holmes Running back

5
389 99
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Len Dawson Quarterback

6
330 109
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Jamaal Charles Running back

7
287 81
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Willie Lanier Linebacker

8
272 75
Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Bobby Bell Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
230 44
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Derrick Johnson Linebacker

10
179 17
Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eric Berry Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

11
304 76
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Christian Okoye Running back

12
248 71
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Buck Buchanan Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

13
211 70
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Emmitt Thomas Cornerback

14
194 52
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
origal1220 added Justin Houston Linebacker

15
185 52
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

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16
221 57
Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Otis Taylor Wide receiver

17
196 65
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
gerard-ocón added Joe Montana Quarterback

18
208 74
Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Neil Smith Defensive end

19
165 70
Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Deron Cherry Safety

20
182 53
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
madamsundin added Willie Roaf Tackle

21
147 28
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Travis Kelce Tight end

22
161 48
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jan Stenerud Placekicker

23
156 46
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Dante Hall Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

24
137 54
Brian Waters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Brian Waters Guard

25
105 30
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Marcus Allen Running back

26
168 78
Trent Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Trent Green Quarterback

27
139 48
Albert Lewis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Albert Lewis Cornerback, Defensive back

28
140 70
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Smith Quarterback

29
79 23
Tony Richardson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tony Richardson Fullback

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30
85 26
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
camille-bendle added Hank Stram Running back

31
83 31
Nick Lowery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Nick Lowery Placekicker

32
110 57
Art Still is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Art Still Defensive end, Defensive lineman

33
70 34
Dale Carter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Dale Carter Cornerback

34
86 47
Jim Lynch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Lynch Linebacker

35
124 110
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

36
93 51
Abner Haynes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Abner Haynes Running back

37
64 38
Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Dontari Poe Nose tackle

38
109 53
Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Ed Podolak Running back, Quarterback

39
81 54
Stephone Paige is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
kcshanewhitaker added Stephone Paige Wide receiver - 1961

40
55 24
John Alt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added John Alt Tackle

41
48 32
Jim Tyrer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Jim Tyrer Tackle, Offensive Lineman

42
46 29
Kevin Ross is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Kevin Ross Cornerback, Safety

43
31 3
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JeffNorth added Jared Allen Defensive end

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44
64 52
Jerry Mays is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerry Mays Defensive end, Defensive lineman

45
53 37
Jeremy Maclin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Jeremy Maclin Wide receiver

46
90 70
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Rich Gannon Quarterback

47
45 27
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slaft added Bill Maas Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

48
49 30
Tim Grunhard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tim Grunhard Center

49
47 25
Ed Budde is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Ed Budde Offensive Lineman, Guard

50
43 30
Johnny Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Johnny Robinson Safety