Kansas City Chiefs

My All Time Favorite Kansas City Chiefs Players

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.

The Kansas City Chiefs have some of the best fans in the NFL and their past is filled with Hall of Fame players.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Len Dawson

Len Dawson - Kansas City Chiefs

1963 Fleer #47 Rookie Card

 

Joe Montana

Joe Montana - San Francisco 49ers - Kansas City Chiefs

1981 Topps #216 Rookie Card

 

RUNNING BACKS

Abner Haynes

Abner Haynes - Dallas Texans - Kansas City Chiefs

1960 Fleer #73 Rookie Card

 

Priest Holmes

Priest Holmes - Baltimore Ravens - Kansas City Chiefs

1998 Pacific Paramount #20 Rookie Card

 

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen - Oakland Raiders - Kansas City Chiefs

1983 Topps #294 Rookie Card

 

Christian Okoye

Christian Okoye - Kansas City Chiefs

1988 Topps #363 Rookie Card

 

FB – Mack Lee Hill (1964-1965)

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor - Kansas City Chiefs

1966 Topps #75 Rookie Card

 

Stephone Paige

Stephone Paige - Kansas City Chiefs

1986 Topps Record Breaker #6 Rookie Card

 

Chris Buford

Chris Burford - Dallas Texans - Kansas City Chiefs

1960 Fleer #81 Rookie Card

 

Dwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs

2007 Score #336 Rookie Card

 

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez - Kansas City Chiefs - Atlanta Falcons

1997 Topps Chrome Refractor #R24 Rookie Card

 

Fred Arbanas

Fred Arbanas - Kansas City Chiefs

1964 Topps #89 Rookie Card

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

OT – Jon Alt (1984-1996)

Ed Budde

Ed Budde - Kansas City Chiefs

1964 Topps #93 Rookie Card

 

Jack Rudnay

Jack Rudnay - Kansas City Chiefs

1973 Topps #57 Rookie Card

 

Will Shields

Will Shileds - Kansas City Chiefs

1993 Power Prospects #54 Rookie Card

 

Jim Tyrer

Jim Tyrer - Kansas City Chiefs

1964 Topps #108 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Neil Smith

Neil Smith - Kansas City Chiefs - Denver Broncos

1989 Score #407 Rookie Card

 

Junious “Buck” Buchanan

Junious "Buck" Buchanan - Buck Buchanan - Kansas City Chiefs

1964 Topps #92 Rookie Card

 

Jerry Mays

Jerry Mays - Dallas Texans - Kansas City Chiefs

1962 Fleer #31 Rookie Card

 

Art Still

Art Still - Kansas City Chiefs

1981 Topps #310 Rookie Card

 

LINEBACKERS

Willie Lanier

Willie Lanier - Kansas City Chiefs

1971 Topps #114 Rookie Card

 

Derrick Thomas

Derrick Thomas - Kansas City Chiefs

1989 Topps Traded #90T Rookie Card

 

Bobby Bell

Bobby Bell - Kansas City Chiefs

1964 Topps #90 Rookie Card

 

E.J. Holub

E.J. Holub - Dallas Texans - Kansas City Chiefs

1962 Fleer #30 Rookie Card

 

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Albert Lewis

Albert Lewis - Kansas City Chiefs

1986 Topps #312 Rookie Card

 

Emmitt Thomas

Emmitt Thomas - Kansas City Chiefs

1972 Topps #157 Rookie Card

 

Kevin Ross

Kevin Ross - Kansas City Chiefs

1990 Topps #256 Rookie Card

 

Dale Carter

Dale Carter - Kansas City Chiefs

1992 Topps #670 Rookie Card

 

Johnny Robinson

Johnny Robinson - Dallas Texans - Kansas City Chiefs

1961 Topps #139 Rookie Card

 

Deron Cherry

Deron Cherry - Kansas City Chiefs

1984 Topps #89 Rookie Card

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Nick Lowery

Nick Lowery - Kansas City Chiefs

1981 Topps #213 Rookie Card

 

P – Jarrel Wilson

Jarrel Wilson - Kansas City Chiefs

1969 Topps #252 Rookie Card

 

PR – Abner Haynes

Abner Haynes - Dallas Texans - Kansas City Chiefs - Punt Returner

1960 Fleer #73 Rookie Card

 

KR – Dante Hall

Dante Hall - Kansas City Chiefs - Kick Returner

2000 Bowman Chrome #223 Rookie Card

 

NICKNAME

  • When the team was moved to Kansas City in 1963, the name was selected by a fan contest.

TEAM NAMES

  • Dallas Texans (1960-1962)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1963-Present)

HEAD COACHES

  • Hank Stram (1963-1974)
  • Paul Wiggin (1975-1977)
  • Tom Bettis (1977)
  • Marv Levy (1978-1982)
  • John Mackovic (1983-1986)
  • Frank Gansz (1987-1988)
  • Marty Schottenheimer (1989-1998)
  • Gunther Cunningham (1999-2000)
  • Dick Vermeil (2001-2005)
  • Herm Edwards (2006-2008)
  • Todd Haley (2009-2011)
  • Romeo Crennel (2011-2012)
  • Andy Reid (2013-Present)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

  • Super Bowl IV (1969) – Kansas City Chiefs defeat Minnesota Vikings 23-7

AFL CHAMPIONS (PRE-1966)

  • None

SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES

  • Super Bowl I (1966) – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Super Bowl IV (1969) – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings

AFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (PRE-1966)

  • None

AFL/AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 1966, 1969, 1993

DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  • 1966, 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

  • 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2010

PLAYOFF RECORD

  • 9-16 .360

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Marcus Allen RB (1993-1997)
  • Bobby Bell LB (1963-1974)
  • Buck Buchanan DT (1963-1975)
  • Len Dawson QB (1962-1975)
  • Lamar Hunt Owner (1960-2006)
  • Willie Lanier LB (1967-1977)
  • Marv Levy Coach (1978-1982)
  • Joe Montana QB (1993-1994)
  • Warren Moon QB (1999-2000)
  • Willie Roaf T (2002-2005)
  • Jan Stenerud PK (1967-1979)
  • Hank Stram Coach (1963-1974)
  • Derrick Thomas LB (1989-1999)
  • Emmit Thomas CB (1966-1978)
  • Mike Webster C (1989-1990)

RETIRED NUMBERS

  • 3 Jan Stenerude PK (1967-1979)
  • 16 Len Dawson QB (1962-1975)
  • 18 Emmitt Thomas CB (1966-1978)
  • 28 Abner Haynes RB (1960-1965)
  • 33 Stone Johnson RB (1963)
  • 36 Mack Lee Hill RB (1964-1965)
  • 58 Derrick Thomas LB (1989-1999)
  • 63 Willie Lanier LB (1967-1977)
  • 78 Bobby Bell LB (1963-1974)
  • 86 Buck Buchanan DT (1963-1975)

PRO BOWL MVP

  • 1969 Len Dawson QB
  • 1972 Jan Stenerud PK
  • 1972 Willie Lanier LB

AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 1968 Hank Stram

AFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • None

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 1984 Bill Maas NT
  • 1989 Derrick Thomas LB
  • 1992 Dale Carter CB

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • None

AFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 2002 Priest Holmes RB

NFL MVP

  • None

SUPER BOWL MVP

  • Super Bowl IV – Len Dawson QB (1969)

 

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