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The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based on their time with the Chiefs

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, 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 Of All Time
Linebacker from Miami, Florida

Age: Dec. at 33 (1967-2000)

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

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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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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Tight end from Torrance, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: California Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

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#27 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #25 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #2 of 24 The Best NFL Tight Ends of the '90s

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Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Quarterback from Alliance, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 83

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

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#2,116 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #49 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #640 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Will Shields Guard from Fort Riley, Kansas

Age: 44

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Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Priest Holmes Running back from Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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#39 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #192 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #240 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
CMCSS03 added Cornerback and Safety from Fairburn, Georgia

Age: 30

Teams: Tennessee Volunteers football, Kansas City Chiefs

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#198 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #94 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #3 of 59 The Best University of Tennessee Football Players Ever

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Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
dylandutton02 added Running back from Port Arthur, Texas

Age: 29

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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#33 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #230 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #7 of 72 The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time

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Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Travis Kelce Tight end from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Age: 26

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

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#99 of 152 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever #325 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #17 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time

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Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Christian Okoye Running back from Enugu, Nigeria

Age: 54

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

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Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Linebacker from Clover, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 70

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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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Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Defensive end and Linebacker from Shelby, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 78

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#1,120 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #75 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #37 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
slaft added Linebacker from Waco, Texas

Age: 36

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive lineman from Gainesville, Alabama

Age: Died at 52 (1940-1992)

14
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Cornerback from Angleton, Texas

Age: 75

15
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
dylandutton02 added Dante Hall Return specialist and Punt returner from Lufkin, Texas

Age: 40

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs

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Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
origal1220 added Linebacker from Statesboro, Georgia

Age: 30

Teams: Georgia Bulldogs football team, Kansas City Chiefs

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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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Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
gerard-ocón added Quarterback from New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

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#6 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #288 of 452 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Personlisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Neil Smith Defensive end from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 52

Teams: Denver Broncos, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs

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Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
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Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
slaft added Defensive end and Linebacker from Gbarnga, Liberia

Age: 35

Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions football, Kansas City Chiefs

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Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
madamsundin added Willie Roaf Tackle from Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 48

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Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Deron Cherry Safety from Riverside, New Jersey

Age: 56

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Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Running back from San Diego, California, United States of America

Age: 55

Teams: USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

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#1,530 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #56 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Albert Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time
Albert Lewis Cornerback and Defensive back from Mansfield, Louisiana

Age: 58