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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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587 100
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

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2
522 82
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

3
297 60
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Will Shields Guard

4
376 93
Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Priest Holmes Running back

5
368 89
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Len Dawson Quarterback

6
302 96
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
272 74
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Willie Lanier Linebacker

8
254 69
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
209 41
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Derrick Johnson Linebacker

10
150 13
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
286 74
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Christian Okoye Running back

12
236 70
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
199 69
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Emmitt Thomas Cornerback

14
179 49
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
origal1220 added Justin Houston Linebacker

15
175 48
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
209 56
Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Otis Taylor Wide receiver

17
179 60
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
199 73
Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Neil Smith Defensive end

19
161 68
Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Deron Cherry Safety

20
176 51
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
madamsundin added Willie Roaf Tackle

21
134 52
Brian Waters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Brian Waters Guard

22
155 46
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jan Stenerud Placekicker

23
162 71
Trent Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Trent Green Quarterback

24
148 44
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Dante Hall Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

25
137 47
Albert Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Albert Lewis Cornerback, Defensive back

26
96 29
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Marcus Allen Running back

27
125 28
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Travis Kelce Tight end

28
124 67
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Smith Quarterback

29
78 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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81 29
Nick Lowery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Nick Lowery Placekicker

31
79 26
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
camille-bendle added Hank Stram Running back

32
108 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
66 33
Dale Carter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Dale Carter Cornerback

34
85 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
91 51
Abner Haynes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Abner Haynes Running back

36
59 35
Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Dontari Poe Nose tackle

37
113 106
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

38
107 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
79 53
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
52 23
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
45 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
63 52
Jerry Mays is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerry Mays Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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48 31
Jeremy Maclin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Jeremy Maclin Wide receiver

45
87 66
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Rich Gannon Quarterback

46
49 28
Tim Grunhard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tim Grunhard Center

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

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46 25
Ed Budde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Ed Budde Offensive Lineman, Guard

49
45 28
Dave Szott is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Dave Szott Guard

50
41 30
Johnny Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Johnny Robinson Safety