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The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time

Updated April 25, 2020 47.9k votes 4.5k voters 80.5k 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

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    #2 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time#20 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Tony Gonzalez2
    1,628
    324

    Tony Gonzalez

    Tight end

    BirthplaceTorrance, California, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsCalifornia Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #1416 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#17 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Travis Kelce3
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    Travis Kelce

    Tight end

    BirthplaceCleveland Heights, Ohio

    Age26

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • Willie Lanier4
    854
    244

    Willie Lanier

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceClover, Virginia, United States of America

    Age75

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    #232 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#65 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Will Shields5
    980
    294

    Will Shields

    Guard

    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas

    Age49

  • Bobby Bell6
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    Bobby Bell

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina, United States of America

    Age75

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    #46 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time#17 of 59 The Best NFL Players From North Carolina

  • Patrick Mahomes7
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    Patrick Mahomes

    Quarterback

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

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    #22 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#33 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Len Dawson8
    1,049
    325

    Len Dawson

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceAlliance, Ohio, United States of America

    Age80

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #17 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s#18 of 63 Every Quarterback To Achieve A Perfect Passer Rating

  • Tyreek Hill9
    770
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    Tyreek Hill

    Wide Receiver, Return specialist

    BirthplaceGeorgia

    Age26

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • Christian Okoye10
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    274

    Christian Okoye

    Running back

    BirthplaceEnugu, Nigeria

    Age59

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

    More 

    #20 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#16 of 36 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

  • Eric Berry11
    960
    304

    Eric Berry

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceFairburn, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsTennessee Volunteers football, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #3 of 48 The Best University of Tennessee Football Players Ever#6 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Georgia

  • Buck Buchanan12
    655
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    Buck Buchanan

    Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceGainesville, Alabama

    AgeDied at 52 (1940-1992)

  • Jamaal Charles13
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    356

    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#2 of 26 The Best Kansas City Chiefs Running Backs of All Time

  • Hank Stram14
    451
    82

    Hank Stram

    Running back

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    AgeDied at 82 (1923-2005)

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Priest Holmes15
    1,031
    350

    Priest Holmes

    Running back

    BirthplaceFort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

    Age46

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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

  • Emmitt Thomas16
    564
    158

    Emmitt Thomas

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceAngleton, Texas

    Age77

  • Derrick Johnson17
    773
    255

    Derrick Johnson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas

    Age37

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • Otis Taylor18
    558
    152

    Otis Taylor

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age78

  • Neil Smith19
    562
    180

    Neil Smith

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age49

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

  • Willie Roaf20
    504
    151

    Willie Roaf

    Tackle

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas

    Age50

  • Dante Hall21
    621
    209

    Dante Hall

    Return specialist, Punt returner

    BirthplaceLufkin, Texas

    Age42

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Justin Houston22
    616
    246

    Justin Houston

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceStatesboro, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsGeorgia Bulldogs football team, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #18 of 44 The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time#72 of 147 The Best Indianapolis Colts of All Time

  • Tamba Hali23
    531
    206

    Tamba Hali

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGbarnga, Liberia

    Age36

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Jan Stenerud24
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    Jan Stenerud

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceFetsund, Norway

    Age77

  • Marcus Allen25
    507
    176

    Marcus Allen

    Running back

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Age55

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #5 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#2 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time