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The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time

Updated April 25, 2020 50.4k votes 4.5k voters 79.8k views128 items

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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, then head over and check out the top Chiefs kickers ever and best Chiefs tight ends.

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  • Derrick Thomas1
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    Derrick Thomas

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    AgeDec. at 33 (1967-2000)

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Tony Gonzalez2
    1,721
    334

    Tony Gonzalez

    Tight end

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Torrance

    Age44

    TeamsCalifornia Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #17 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#5 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

  • Travis Kelce3
    1,274
    177

    Travis Kelce

    Tight end

    BirthplaceCleveland Heights, Ohio

    Age31

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • Willie Lanier4
    894
    253

    Willie Lanier

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceClover, Virginia, United States of America

    Age75

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    #234 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#66 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Will Shields5
    1,032
    310

    Will Shields

    Guard

    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas

    Age49

  • Patrick Mahomes6
    2,009
    89

    Patrick Mahomes

    Quarterback

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

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    #23 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#32 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Bobby Bell7
    826
    240

    Bobby Bell

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina, United States of America

    Age80

  • Eric Berry8
    1,017
    310

    Eric Berry

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceFairburn, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsTennessee Volunteers football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Christian Okoye9
    963
    287

    Christian Okoye

    Running back

    BirthplaceEnugu, Nigeria

    Age59

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

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    #25 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#12 of 36 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

  • Len Dawson10
    1,110
    347

    Len Dawson

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceAlliance, Ohio, United States of America

    Age85

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #1657 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#15 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s

  • Tyreek Hill11
    810
    97

    Tyreek Hill

    Wide Receiver, Return specialist

    BirthplaceGeorgia

    Age26

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • Buck Buchanan12
    682
    196

    Buck Buchanan

    Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceGainesville, Alabama

    AgeDied at 52 (1940-1992)

  • Derrick Johnson13
    831
    264

    Derrick Johnson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas

    Age37

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • Priest Holmes14
    1,097
    375

    Priest Holmes

    Running back

    BirthplaceFort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

    Age46

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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    #43 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#43 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time

  • Jamaal Charles15
    1,107
    385

    Jamaal Charles

    Running back

    BirthplacePort Arthur, Texas

    Age33

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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    #19 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time#7 of 61 The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time

  • Hank Stram16
    470
    89

    Hank Stram

    Running back

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    AgeDied at 82 (1923-2005)

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Emmitt Thomas17
    595
    171

    Emmitt Thomas

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceAngleton, Texas

    Age77

  • Otis Taylor18
    593
    162

    Otis Taylor

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age78

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    #22 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s#70 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

  • Willie Roaf19
    536
    163

    Willie Roaf

    Tackle

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas

    Age50

  • Neil Smith20
    595
    192

    Neil Smith

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age54

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Dante Hall21
    661
    220

    Dante Hall

    Return specialist, Punt returner

    BirthplaceLufkin, Texas

    Age42

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Tamba Hali22
    568
    216

    Tamba Hali

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGbarnga, Liberia

    Age36

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Justin Houston23
    657
    261

    Justin Houston

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceStatesboro, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsGeorgia Bulldogs football team, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Albert Lewis24
    382
    123

    Albert Lewis

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceMansfield, Louisiana

    Age59

  • Jan Stenerud25
    444
    143

    Jan Stenerud

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceFetsund, Norway

    Age77