Originally, the team was referred to as the Dallas Texans. It was started in 1960 by football pioneer Lamar Hunt. During their former years, they had some of the best players who made it to the list of the top best players in the AFL. They won the AFL titles in 1966 and 1969. They have had their highs and lows over the years but through it all, the talent kept on flowing . This included superstars like Abner Haynes, Len Dawson, Otis Taylor, and Buck Buchanan. With the foundation in the formative years being strong , the Kansas City Chiefs became a team to reckon in the American football.
Here are the top 10 best Kansas City Chiefs of all times
10. Otis Taylor, WR
He joined the Chiefs in 1965 and left in 1975. For the 11 years he played American football, Otis was just with one team, the Chiefs. He set a record of the team’s most receiving touchdowns and receiving yards. Apart from being an excellent receiver, he was a superb downfield blocker.
9. Willie Lanier, LB
He was one of the best defensive stars who was with the team for 11 years running from 1967 to 1977. In his entire career, he intercepted 27 passes, recovered 18 fumbles, played every Pro Bowl from 1968 up to 1975. While with the franchise, he teamed up with others like Jim Lynch and Bobby Bell to form a fearsome linebacker. In 1986, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
8. Buck Buchanan, DT
When it comes to professional football, he was the first black to be draft number one overall. He was one of the most intimidating defensive linemen to play in the NFL. He joined the Chiefs in 1963 and left in 1975. For the 13 years he was with the team, he made to two Pro Bowls, six All Stars games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. He died in 1992.
7. Emmitt Thomas, DB
For 13 years, Emitt played for the Chiefs as a cornerback. He joined the franchise in 1966 and left in 1978 after making himself the best defensive back of all times for the Chiefs. He was a five time Pro Bowler, had 58 interceptions. In 2008, Emitt was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
6. Will Shields, G
The performance of the Chiefs in the years 1995 up to 2006 can be partially attributed to Will Shield’s efforts. He joined the franchise in 1993 and left in 2006 after playing for the team for 14 years and having consistency in his play. The Chief’s record for the most Pro Bowls is with Will who was selected 12 times, and in 2010, was selected to the 2000’s All Decade Team. In 2015, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
5. Bobby Bell, LB
In the 12 years he was with the Chiefs, he portrayed the image of toughness where he started each game. He joined the franchise in 1963 and left in 1974. He was named to six AFL All Star teams and the merger of AFL-NFL saw him being named in three NFL Pro Bowls. He had 26 interceptions, returning six for touchdowns. In 1983, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
4. Priest Holmes, RB
Priest joined the Chiefs in 2001 and left in 2007. During the 6 years he was with the franchise, he proved himself one of the best running back in the NFL. He became the franchise leader with 6,070 rushing yards, and 83 touchdowns. He holds the record for most touchdowns and rushing yards in the history of the Chiefs. He indeed was the best running back.
3. Len Dawson, QB
During his time with the Chiefs between 1962 to 1975, Len Dawson proved to be an iconic quarterback for the franchise. He led the franchise to its first and only Super Bowl Championship, which was held in 1969. He was with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland before joining the Chiefs. For seven times, he was selected to the Pro Bowl, set a record of 28, 507 yards, 237 passing touchdowns. His number 16 was retired by the Chiefs and he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2. Tony Gonzalez, TE
Between the years 1997 to 2008, Tony Gonzalez transformed the way the game was played at the Kansas City Chiefs camp. For the 12 years, this tight end was a super performer, made to 10 Pro Bowl appearances, had a team record of 916 receptions,10, 940 yards, and 76 touchdowns.
1. Derrick Thomas, LB
He joined the franchise in 1989 and left in 1999. During the 11 years he was with the Chiefs, Derrik Thomas was a super performer as a linebacker and set records for the teams sacks , fumble recoveries, safeties, and forced fumbles. He is among the 22 players with more than 100 sacks in the NFL.
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