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
870 159
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker

2
797 132
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end

3
451 115
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Guard

4
548 160
Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

5
544 140
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback

6
394 110
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker

7
373 109
Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

8
462 176
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Running back

9
417 106
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

10
315 40
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
321 94
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

12
332 83
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Linebacker

13
276 85
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Cornerback

14
271 87
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
origal1220 added Linebacker

15
290 73
Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Wide receiver

16
271 97
Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end

17
257 80
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker

18
289 108
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
gerard-ocón added Quarterback

19
225 87
Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Safety

20
248 76
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
madamsundin added Tackle

21
239 66
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

22
181 53
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Running back

23
265 51
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end

24
217 68
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Placekicker

25
225 111
Trent Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback

26
195 71
Brian Waters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Guard

27
188 68
Albert Lewis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

28
218 115
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JabariParker12 added Quarterback

29
53 1
Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
shel.o added Patrick Mahomes II

30
130 40
Tony Richardson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Fullback

31
152 36
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
camille-bendle added Running back

32
130 46
Nick Lowery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

33
147 72
Art Still is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

34
106 51
Dale Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Cornerback

35
114 60
Jim Lynch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Linebacker

36
174 145
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

37
123 68
Abner Haynes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back

38
90 20
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
JeffNorth added Defensive end

39
140 67
Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Running back, Quarterback

40
87 37
John Alt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tackle

41
76 47
Jim Tyrer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

42
97 74
Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Nose tackle

43
70 43
Kevin Ross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety

44
102 73
Stephone Paige is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
kcshanewhitaker added Wide receiver - 1961

45
85 71
Jerry Mays is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Defensive end, Defensive lineman

46
123 98
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback

47
75 44
Tim Grunhard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Center

48
73 43
Johnny Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Safety

49
76 37
Ed Budde is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Offensive Lineman, Guard

50
68 44
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slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman