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The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time

Updated April 25, 2020 48.8k votes 4.4k voters 78.8k 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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  • 1
    Derrick Thomas
    1,770
    335

    Derrick Thomas

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    AgeDec. at 33 (1967-2000)

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #1 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time#14 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 2
    Tony Gonzalez
    1,668
    314

    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#1 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time

  • 3
    Travis Kelce
    1,211
    164

    Travis Kelce

    Tight end

    BirthplaceCleveland Heights, Ohio

    Age31

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • 4
    Willie Lanier
    862
    239

    Willie Lanier

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceClover, Virginia, United States of America

    Age75

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

  • 5
    Will Shields
    1,002
    293

    Will Shields

    Guard

    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas

    Age49

  • 6
    Eric Berry
    985
    285

    Eric Berry

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceFairburn, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsTennessee Volunteers football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 7
    Bobby Bell
    802
    224

    Bobby Bell

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina, United States of America

    Age80

  • 8
    Len Dawson
    1,070
    325

    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

  • 9
    Patrick Mahomes
    1,909
    82

    Patrick Mahomes

    Quarterback

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

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    #23 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#3 of 53 The Most Likable Active NFL Players

  • 10
    Christian Okoye
    935
    273

    Christian Okoye

    Running back

    BirthplaceEnugu, Nigeria

    Age59

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

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

  • 11
    Tyreek Hill
    771
    87

    Tyreek Hill

    Wide Receiver, Return specialist

    Age26

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • 12
    Buck Buchanan
    664
    188

    Buck Buchanan

    Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceGainesville, Alabama

    AgeDied at 52 (1940-1992)

  • 13
    Derrick Johnson
    807
    253

    Derrick Johnson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas

    Age37

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

  • 14
    Priest Holmes
    1,066
    371

    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

  • 15
    Jamaal Charles
    1,073
    376

    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

  • 16
    Hank Stram
    453
    87

    Hank Stram

    Running back

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    AgeDied at 82 (1923-2005)

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 17
    Emmitt Thomas
    579
    166

    Emmitt Thomas

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceAngleton, Texas

    Age77

  • 18
    Otis Taylor
    576
    158

    Otis Taylor

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age78

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    #18 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s#67 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

  • 19
    Willie Roaf
    523
    156

    Willie Roaf

    Tackle

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas

    Age50

  • 20
    Neil Smith
    578
    185

    Neil Smith

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age54

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

  • 21
    Dante Hall
    643
    211

    Dante Hall

    Return specialist, Punt returner

    BirthplaceLufkin, Texas

    Age42

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 22
    Tamba Hali
    551
    208

    Tamba Hali

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGbarnga, Liberia

    Age36

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 23
    Justin Houston
    641
    253

    Justin Houston

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceStatesboro, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsGeorgia Bulldogs football team, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 24
    Jan Stenerud
    431
    139

    Jan Stenerud

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceFetsund, Norway

    Age77

  • 25
    Albert Lewis
    372
    118

    Albert Lewis

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceMansfield, Louisiana

    Age59