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.
list ordered by

1
904 162
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker

2
825 135
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end

3
470 118
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Guard

4
573 168
Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

5
561 143
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback

6
407 113
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker

7
382 115
Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

8
478 181
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Running back

9
431 112
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

10
336 45
Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

11
334 99
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

12
345 87
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Linebacker

13
288 90
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Cornerback

14
279 93
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
origal1220 added Linebacker

15
301 76
Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Wide receiver

16
285 99
Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end

17
267 86
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker

18
303 112
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
gerard-ocón added Quarterback

19
235 90
Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Safety

20
256 80
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
madamsundin added Tackle

21
281 52
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end

22
192 57
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Running back

23
248 72
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

24
226 69
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Placekicker

25
235 113
Trent Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback

26
201 73
Brian Waters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Guard

27
193 70
Albert Lewis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

28
227 119
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JabariParker12 added Quarterback

29
134 43
Tony Richardson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Fullback

30
160 38
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
camille-bendle added Running back

31
136 48
Nick Lowery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

32
152 73
Art Still is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

33
122 61
Jim Lynch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Linebacker

34
111 54
Dale Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Cornerback

35
78 4
Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
shel.o added Quarterback

36
130 70
Abner Haynes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

37
181 150
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

38
147 70
Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Running back, Quarterback

39
97 24
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JeffNorth added Defensive end

40
82 49
Jim Tyrer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

41
90 39
John Alt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tackle

42
100 79
Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Nose tackle

43
74 45
Kevin Ross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety

44
55 3
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
SuperUnicorn33 added Tyreek Hill

45
105 74
Stephone Paige is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
kcshanewhitaker added Wide receiver - 1961

46
87 73
Jerry Mays is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Defensive end, Defensive lineman

47
79 46
Tim Grunhard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Center

48
76 45
Johnny Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Safety

49
125 104
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback

50
79 39
Ed Budde is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Offensive Lineman, Guard