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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
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Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker
2
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end
3
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback
4
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Guard
5
Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back
6
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker
7
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Running back
8
Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
9
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Linebacker
10
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back
11
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman
12
Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
13
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Cornerback
14
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end
15
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
origal1220 added Linebacker
16
Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Wide receiver
17
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner
18
Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end
19
Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Safety
20
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
gerard-ocón added Quarterback
21
Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
shel.o added Quarterback
22
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker
23
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Running back
24
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
madamsundin added Tackle
25
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Placekicker