Football 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
1,149 199
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker
2
1,038 166
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end
3
608 159
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Guard
4
724 206
Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back
5
688 176
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Quarterback
6
505 146
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Linebacker
7
474 83
Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
8
608 224
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Running back
9
541 145
Christian Okoye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Running back
10
457 147
Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
11
448 119
Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Linebacker
12
409 126
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman
13
361 116
Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Cornerback
14
361 127
Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
origal1220 added Linebacker
15
458 63
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Tight end
16
361 124
Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Defensive end
17
375 100
Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Wide receiver
18
396 158
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
gerard-ocón added Quarterback
19
331 119
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker
20
335 95
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
dylandutton02 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner
21
417 17
Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
shel.o added Quarterback
22
294 115
Deron Cherry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Safety
23
323 97
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
madamsundin added Tackle
24
260 86
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
Mauricio Torres added Running back
25
278 92
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Chiefs of All Time
willyboymcoy added Placekicker