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All-Time Teams: Kansas City Chiefs



Introduction

In my endless research of all things football and through my passion for the history of the NFL, I have decided to try and compile an All-Time Team for all 32 current NFL franchises. By All-Time Team I mean a starting roster compiled of the very best players to ever put on each franchise’s jersey. I will be starting in alphabetical order by current franchise location, so Arizona Cardinals all the way to The Washington Football Team, with the goal of releasing one to two All-Time teams a week for the duration of the current NFL season. This is meant to be fun and cause some debate and is based on my opinion after all my research and deep dives into each franchise’s history. Of course, not everyone will agree with who I chose, and I’d love to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees, but first, let’s lay out some ground rules for how I came up with each team.


1. Each team roster will consist of the following:

Offense - 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT, 2 OG, 1 C

Defense - 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 2 S

Special Teams - 1 K, 1 P, 1 Returner

Coach - 1 Head Coach


2. I only considered an individual’s stats and contributions with each specific franchise. For example, Peyton Manning’s years with the Broncos were not considered when deciding on the starting QB of the Colts All-Time Team. As a result, the stats and awards listed with each individual player are only those that were achieved with that specific franchise.


3. A player cannot represent two teams as the starter. Players who spent time with more than one team were considered for the franchise they spent the most time with or had the most impact on. This rule led to some interesting scenarios that I will discuss in detail with each specific article to try and clear up any confusion.


4. A player’s stats and impact were considered in context with their era. This won’t simply be a listing of who passed or ran for the most yards in franchise history.


5. All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference and through the 2021 season. I will also be counting sacks from 1960, though the NFL doesn't officially count sacks until 1982.


6. Players in the "Honorable Mentions" section are ordered by year. It's not an indication of where I believe they rank in franchise history.


Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!


Kansas City Chiefs All-Time Team


Franchise Information

First Season: 1960

  1. Dallas Texans (1960-1962)

  2. Kansas City Chiefs (1963-Present)

Record: 507-430-12 (54.12 W-L%)

Playoff Record: 17-21

Super Bowls Won: 2 (1969 and 2019) (Lost in 1966 and 2020)

AFL Championships Won: 3 (1962, 1966 and 1969)

Passing Leader: Len Dawson 2,115/3,696 | 28,507 Yds | 237 TD

Rushing Leader: Jamaal Charles 1,332 Att | 7,260 yds | 43 TD

Receiving Leader: Tony Gonzalez 916 Rec | 10,940 Yds | 76 TD

Sack Leader: Derrick Thomas 126.5 Sk

Interception Leader: Emmitt Thomas 58 Int

Scoring Leader: Nick Lowery 1,466 Points

Winningest Coach: Hank Stram 124-76-10


QB: Len Dawson (1962-1975)

Record: 93-56-8 | 57.2 Cmp% | 28,507 Yds | 237 TD | 178 Int | 1,253 Rush Yds | 9 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp% 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1975 (61%, 56.2%, 53.4%, 56%, 57.7%, 58.5%, 59%, 66.4%) | Led League in TD 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966 (29, 26, 21, 26) | Led League in Yds/A 1962, 1966 and 1968 (8.9, 8.9, 9.4) | Led League in QB Rating 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 (98.3, 89.9, 81.3, 101.7, 83.7, 98.6) | 7x Pro-Bowl (62, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71) | 2x All-Pro (62, 66) | 1973 Walter Payton Man of the Year | 1969 Super Bowl Champion | 1962, 1966 and 1969 AFL Champion | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1987


Too often people forget just how good Len Dawson was. He is easily one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and deserves to be brought up in those discussions more often. Dawson was way ahead of his time in terms of accuracy. He led the league in completion percentage eight times and quarterback rating six times, but don't get confused and think he was just a "game manager" because he also led the league in touchdowns four times and yards per attempt three times. Dawson won three AFL championships and won the 1969 Super Bowl. He had eight winning seasons, was voted to seven Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams and named to the AFL All-1960s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Patrick Mahomes has been the best quarterback in the league for the past few seasons, but he's got a way to go to pass Dawson.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bill Kenney (1980-1988) | Record: 34-43 | 54.7 Cmp% | 17,277 Yds | 105 TD | 86 Int | 191 Rush Yds | 5 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 1983 (346)

  2. Joe Montana (1993-1994) | Record: 17-8 | 60.7 Cmp% | 5,427 Yds | 29 TD | 16 Int | 81 Rush Yds | 1x Pro-Bowl (93) | Hall of Fame Class 2000

  3. Elvis Gerbac (1997-2000) | Record: 26-21 | 57.9 Cmp% | 10,643 Yds | 66 TD | 47 Int | 315 Rush Yds | 2 Rush TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)

  4. Trent Green (2001-2006) | Record: 48-40 | 61.9 Cmp% | 21,459 Yds | 118 TD | 85 Int | 692 Rush Yds | 3 Rush TD | Led League in Yds/A 2002 (7.9) | 2x Pro-Bowl (03, 05)

  5. Matt Cassel (2009-2013) | Record: 19-28 | 57.4 Cmp% | 9,549 Yds | 59 TD | 44 Int | 558 Rush Yds | 1 Rush TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (10)

  6. Alex Smith (2013-2017) | Record: 50-26 | 65.1 Cmp% | 17,608 Yds | 102 TD | 33 Int | 1,672 Rush Yds | 10 Rush TD | Led League in QB Rating 2017 (104.7) | 3x Pro-Bowl (13, 16, 17)

  7. Patrick Mahomes (2017-Present) | Record: 50-13 | 66.1 Cmp% | 18,991 Yds | 151 TD | 37 Int | 1,189 Rush Yds | 8 Rush TD | Led League in TD 2018 (50) | Led League in Yds/G 2020 (316) | 4x Pro-Bowl (18, 19, 20, 21) | 1x All-Pro (18) | 2018 MVP | 2018 Offensive Player of the Year | 2018 Bert Bell | 2019 Super Bowl Champion | 2020 AFC Champion


RB: Priest Holmes (2001-2007)

4.6 Yds/A | 6,070 Yds | 76 TD | 251 Rec | 2,377 Rec Yds | 7 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 2001 (1,555) | Led League in TD 2002 and 2003 (21, 27) | Led League in Yds/G 2004 (111.5) | Led League in Yds/Scm 2001 and 2002 (2,169, 2,287) | Led League in RRTD 2002 and 2003 (24, 27) | 3x Pro-Bowl (01, 02, 03) | 3x All-Pro (01, 02, 03) | 2002 Offensive Player of the Year


Priest Holmes career was short, but boy was it special. In terms of stats and accolades, his career reminds me somewhat of Terrell Davis, and like Davis, I believe Holmes is a Hall of Famer. After spending four seasons in Baltimore, Holmes came to Kansas City and proceeded to become the best running back in the league and turn in some of the greatest seasons ever by a back. From 2001-2003, Holmes had at least 1,400 yards rushing and 2,100 yards from scrimmage in all three seasons. He also had 21 rushing touchdowns in 2002 and 27 rushing touchdowns in 2003. At the time, 27 rushing touchdowns was the most in a single season ever. To put those three seasons into perspective, consider that he had 4,590 rushing yards, 56 rushing touchdowns, 206 receptions, 1,976 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns in those three seasons. That's an average of over 1,500 yards rushing, just under 19 touchdowns, 659 receiving yards and 2,189 yards from scrimmage! If he was on your fantasy team, you weren't losing. In 2004, he was on pace for another insane season. Through 8 games he had 892 yards and 14 touchdowns, but his season was ended due to an injury and ultimately his career was over. Holmes was voted to three Pro-Bowls and three All-Pro Teams and deserves to get bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

RB: Abner Haynes (1960-1964)

4.8 Yds/A | 3,814 Yds | 39 TD | 199 Rec | 2,739 Rec Yds | 17 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 1960 (875) | Led League in TD 1960, 1961 and 1962 (9, 9, 13) | Led League in Yds/A 1961 (4.7) | Led League in Yds/G 1960 (62.5) | Led League in YScm 1962 (1,622) | Led League in RRTD 1962 (19) | 3x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 64) | 2x All-Pro (60, 62) | 1960 AFL MVP | AFL All-1960s Team


This was a pretty tough decision, as the Chiefs have a lot of great running backs in their history. Christian Okoye, Marcus Allen, Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles were all strongly considered for this spot, but I ultimately went with Abner Haynes. Haynes was great during his five seasons with the Texans/Chiefs. He led the league in yards once, touchdowns three times, yards per attempt once, yards per game once, yards from scrimmage once and combined rushing and receiving touchdowns once. This was all in only a five-year span that also saw him named to three Pro-Bowls, two All-Pro Teams and the AFL All-1960s Team. Haynes was even named the AFL MVP in 1960. I'm surprised he hasn't been inducted into the Hall of Fame yet. Jamaal Charles is the franchise record holder yards and is the NFL record holder in yards per carry for a player with at least 1,000 carries. Marcus Allen spent his best seasons as a Raider and Larry Johnson and Christian Okoye had great but short peaks.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Curtis McClinton (1962-1969) | 4.1 Yds/A | 3,124 Yds | 18 TD | 154 Rec | 1,945 Rec Yds | 14 Rec TD | Led League in TD 1965 (6) | 3x Pro-Bowl (62, 66, 67)

  2. Mike Garrett (1966-1970) | 4.4 Yds/A | 3,246 Yds | 24 TD | 141 Rec | 1,231 Rec Yds | 7 Rec TD | Led League in Yds/A 1966 (5.4) | 2x Pro-Bowl (66, 67) | 1x All-Pro (67)

  3. Ed Podolak (1969-1977) | 3.8 Yds/A | 4,451 Yds | 34 TD | 288 Rec | 2,456 Rec Yds | 6 Rec TD

  4. Christian Okoye (1987-1992) | 3.9 Yds/A | 4,897 Yds | 40 TD | 42 Rec | 294 Rec Yds | Led League in Yds 1989 (1,480) | Led League in Yds/G 1989 (98.7) | 2x Pro-Bowl (89, 91) | 1x All-Pro (89)

  5. Kimble Anders (1991-2000) | 4.6 Yds/A | 2,261 Yds | 9 TD | 369 Rec | 2,829 Rec Yds | 9 Rec TD | 3x Pro-Bowl (95, 96, 97)

  6. Marcus Allen (1993-1997) | 4.0 Yds/A | 3,698 Yds | 44 TD | 141 Rec | 1,153 Rec Yds | 3 Rec TD | Led League in TD 1993 (12) | 1x Pro-Bowl (93) | 1993 Comeback Player of the Year | Hall of Fame Class 2003

  7. Tony Richardson (1995-2005) | 4.0 Yds/A | 1,576 Yds | 15 TD | 177 Rec | 1,298 Rec Yds | 9 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (03, 04) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team

  8. Larry Johnson (2003-2009) | 4.4 Yds/A | 6,015 Yds | 55 TD | 151 Rec | 1,369 Rec Yds | 6 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (05, 06) | 1x All-Pro (06)

  9. Jamaal Charles (2008-2016) | 5.5 Yds/A | 7,260 Yds | 43 TD | 285 Rec | 2,457 Rec Yds | 20 Rec TD | Led League in TD 2013 (12) | Led League in Yds/A 2009 (5.9) | Led League in RRTD 2013 (19) | 4x Pro-Bowl (10, 12, 13, 14) | 2x All-Pro (10, 13)

  10. Kareem Hunt (2017-2018) | 4.7 Yds/A | 2,151 Yds | 15 TD | 79 Rec | 833 Rec Yds | 10 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 2017 (1,327) | 1x Pro-Bowl (17)


WR: Otis Taylor (1965-1975)

410 Rec | 7,306 Yds | 57 TD | Led League in Yds 1971 (1,110) | Led League in Yds/Rec 1966 (22.4) | Led League in TD 1967 (11) | Led League in Yds/G 1971 (79.3) | 3x Pro-Bowl (66, 71, 72) | 2x All-Pro (66, 71)

Otis Taylor is somewhat of a forgotten name, but he was one of the best wide receivers in professional football for a decade. He is the franchise record holder in yards, even after some 60 years since he last played. Twice he had over 1,000 yards and he led the league in yards once, yards per reception once, touchdowns one and yards per game once. He was a key member of the Chiefs first Super Bowl winning team and was named to three Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams.


WR: Tyreek Hill (2016-Present)

479 Rec | 6,630 Yds | 56 TD | Led League in Yds/Tch 2018 and 2020 (15, 14) | 6x Pro-Bowl (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) | 3x All-Pro (16, 18, 20) | Hall of Fame All-2010s Team


Tyreek Hill is well on his way to passing Taylor's franchise receiving records. He's been one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL for the past six seasons. Hill is extremely explosive, leading the league in yards per touch twice and has had over 1,000 yards three times and double-digit touchdowns twice. He's already been named to six Pro-Bowls, three All-Pro Teams and the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. Hill hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career.


WR: Dwayne Bowe (2007-2014)

532 Rec | 7,155 Yds | 44 TD | Led League in TD 2010 (15) | 1x Pro-Bowl (10)


Dwayne Bowe was a consistent receiver for the Chiefs for eight seasons. He had over 1,000 yards three times and led the league in touchdowns in 2010. Bowe was named to his lone Pro-Bowl in 2010 as well. He ranks just behind Taylor in receiving yards in franchise history.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Chris Burford (1960-1967) | 391 Rec | 5,505 Yds | 55 TD | Led League in TD 1962 (12) | 1x Pro-Bowl (61) | 1x All-Pro (62)

  2. Frank Jackson (1961-1965) | 163 Rec | 2,516 Yds | 21 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (65)

  3. Henry Marshall (1976-1987) | 416 Rec | 6,545 Yds | 33 TD

  4. J.T. Smith (1978-1984) | 167 Rec | 2,273 Yds | 8 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (80) | 1x All-Pro (80)

  5. Carlos Carson (1980-1989) | 352 Rec | 6,360 Yds | 33 TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (83, 87)

  6. Stephone Paige (1983-1991) | 377 Rec | 6,341 Yds | 49 TD | Led League in Yds/Rec 1985 (21.9)

  7. Andre Rison (1997-1999) | 133 Rec | 1,852 Yds | 12 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (97)

  8. Eddie Kennison (2001-2007) | 321 Rec | 5,230 Yds | 25 TD


TE: Tony Gonzalez (1997-2008)

916 Rec | 10,940 Yds | 76 TD | Led League in Rec 2004 (102) | 10x Pro-Bowl (99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08) | 5x All-Pro (99, 00, 01, 03, 08) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2019


Tony Gonzalez is the most prolific tight end in NFL history, so he's an easy choice in this spot. He holds virtually every career tight end record and was named to an absurd 10 straight Pro-Bowls and five All-Pro Teams. Gonzalez had at least 70 receptions nine times, over 900 yards eight times and 1,000 yards three times and had double digit touchdowns three times. He was named to the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019. The Chiefs might have the best set of tight ends of all the all-time teams when you consider Travis Kelce is well on his way to the Hall of Fame and Fred Arbanas should probably already been inducted.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Fred Arbanas (1962-1970) | 198 Rec | 3,101 Yds | 34 TD | 5x Pro-Bowl (62, 63, 64, 65, 67) | 3x All-Pro (63, 64, 66) | AFL-All-1960s Team

  2. Travis Kelce (2013-Present) | 704 Rec | 9,006 Yds | 57 TD | 7x Pro-Bowl (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) | 3x All-Pro (16, 18, 20) | Hall of Fame All-2010s Team


OT: Jim Tyrer (1961-1973)

Started 178 of 180 Games | 9x Pro-Bowl (62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71) | 6x All-Pro (65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70) | AFL-All-1960s Team

Jim Tyrer is most certainly the best player in professional football history who will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tyrer started over 170 games, including 10 straight seasons without missing a game, won three championships, was named to nine Pro-Bowls, six All-Pro Teams and named to the AFL All-1960s Team. Tragically, a few years after his retirement, Tyrer murdered his wife and then committed suicide. He is believed to have been majorly depressed and it's speculated that concussions could have played a role. It's a horribly sad ending to the life of an all-time great.


OT: John Alt (1984-1996)

Started 149 of 179 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (92, 93)


John Alt gets the nod at the other offensive tackle position. He started just under 150 games during his 13 seasons in Kansas City, including starting every game in six seasons. Alt was also voted to the Pro-Bowl in both 1992 and 1993. The Chiefs have had some other greats at the position, most notably Willie Roaf, but Roaf spent the majority of his career with the Saints and thus is an All-Time Saint starter.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Jerry Cornelison (1960-1965) | Started 37 of 70 Games | 1x All-Pro (62)

  2. Dave Hill (1963-1974) | Started 141 of 150 Games

  3. Charlie Getty (1974-1982) | Started 103 of 119 Games

  4. Mark Herkenhoff (1976-1985) | Started 122 of 125 Games

  5. Dave Lutz (1983-1992) | Started 123 of 139 Games

  6. Willie Roaf (2002-2005) | Started 58 of 58 Games | 4x Pro-Bowl (02, 03, 04, 05) | 2x All-Pro (03, 04) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2012

  7. Branden Albert (2008-2013) | 83 of 85 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (13)

  8. Eric Fisher (2013-2020) | Started 113 of 117 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (18, 20)

  9. Mitchell Schwartz (2016-2020) | Started 70 of 70 Games | 1x All-Pro (18)


OG: Will Shields (1993-2006)

Started 223 of 224 Games | 12x Pro-Bowl (95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06) | 2x All-Pro (02, 03) | 2003 Walter Payton Man of the Year | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2015

One of the greatest offensive guards ever is the first starter here. Shields started over 220 games with the Chiefs from 1993-2006, including starting every game in 13 straight seasons. He only missed one game in his whole career, coming in his rookie season. Shields was named to 12 straight Pro-Bowls from 1995-2006 and was named to the All-Pro Team in 2002 and 2003. He was the 2003 Walter Payton Man of the Year, named to the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.


OG: Ed Budde (1963-1976)

Started 161 of 177 Games | 7x Pro-Bowl (63, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71) | 2x All-Pro (66, 69) | AFL All-1960s Team


Ed Budde is the other starting offensive guard for the All-Time Chiefs. Budde, like some other players on this should already be in the Hall of Fame. He started over 160 games with Chiefs, starting every game in nine seasons on his way to winning two AFL Championships and one Super Bowl. Budde was also named to seven Pro-Bowls, two All-Pro Teams and the AFL All-1960s Team. How has he not already been inducted into the Hall of Fame? It's worth noting that Brian Waters is an all-time great as well and may make the Hall of fame one day.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Billy Krisher (1960-1961) | Started 23 of 27 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (61) | 1x All-Pro (60)

  2. Tom Condon (1974-184) | Started 131 of 147 Games

  3. Brad Budde (1980-1986) | Started 79 of 92 Games

  4. Dave Szott (1990-2000) | Started 136 of 142 Games | 1x All-Pro (97)

  5. Brian Waters (2000-2010) | Started 149 of 163 Games | 5x Pro-Bowl (04, 05, 06, 08, 10) | 2x All-Pro (04, 05) | 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year


C: Jack Rudnay (1970-1982)

Started 171 of 178 Games | 4x Pro-Bowl (73, 74, 75, 76)


Jack Rudnay rounds out the offensive line for the All-Time Chiefs. Rudnay started over 170 games with the Chiefs from 1970-1982 and started every game in eight seasons. He was also named to the Pro-Bowl in four straight seasons from 1973-1976.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Joe Gilliam (1961-1967) | Started 73 of 76 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (61)

  2. Tim Grunhard (1990-2000) | Started 164 of 169 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (99)

  3. Casey Wiegmann (2001-2007, 2010-2011) | Started 143 of 143 Games


DE: Jerry Mays (1961-1970)

1 Int | 2 FR | 65.5 Sk | 7x Pro-Bowl (62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70) | 2x All-Pro (65, 66) | AFL All-1960s Team


Continuing a trend here with players that are surprisingly not in the Hall of Fame. Jerry Mays has been overshadowed by the other great defenders of the 1960s Chiefs. Mays spent 10 seasons with the Chiefs from 1961-1970 and was voted to seven Pro-Bowls, 2 All-Pro Teams and the AFL All-1960s Team. Twice he had at least 10 sacks in a season, and he won three AFL Championships and the 1969 Super Bowl. He certainly deserves to join his teammates in the Hall of Fame.


DE: Neil Smith (1988-1996)

3 Int | 28 FF | 12 FR | 85.5 Sk | 527 Tackles | Led League in FF 1994 (5) | Led League in Sk 1993 (15) | 5x Pro-Bowl (91, 92, 93, 94, 95) | 1x All-Pro (93) | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team


Neil Smith also has a great resume that's probably worth a call from the Hall of Fame. Smith spent nine seasons in Kansas City, racking up almost 30 forced fumbles and 85.5 sacks. He led the league in forced fumbles and sacks once a piece and was named to five Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team. Smith was also named to the Hall of Fame All-1990s Team. Jared Allen also had some great seasons with the Chiefs, but he spent the majority of his career in Minnesota.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Mel Branch (1960-1965) | 3 FR | 34 Sk | Led League in Sk 1960 (10) | 3x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 63) | 1x All-Pro (60)

  2. Aaron Brown (1966-1972) | 1 Int | 7 FR | 51 Sk

  3. Art Still (1978-1987) | 11 FR | 74 Sk | 4x Pro-Bowl (80, 81, 82, 84)

  4. Mike Bell (1979-1991) | 10 FR | 52 Sk

  5. Eric Hicks (1998-2006) | 6 FF | 6 FR | 44.5 Sk | 324 Tackles | 55 TFL

  6. Jared Allen (2004-2007) | 1 Int | 14 FF | 8 FR | 43 Sk | 230 Tackles | 56 TFL | Led League in FR 2006 (6) | Led League in Sk 2007 (15.5) | Led League in TFL 2007 (19) | 1x Pro-Bowl (07) | 1x All-Pro (07)

  7. Frank Clark (2019-Present) | 1 Int | 5 FF | 2 FR | 18.5 Sk | 88 Tackles | 24 TFL | 3x Pro-Bowl (19, 20, 21)


DT: Buck Buchanan (1963-1975)

3 Int | 3 FR | 70.5 Sk | 8x Pro-Bowl (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71) | 4x All-Pro (66, 67, 68, 69) | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1990


The first of the great 1960s Chiefs defenders already in the Hall of Fame, Buck Buchanan, is the starting defensive tackle here. Buchanan spent 13 seasons in Kansas City and had at least five sacks in all but three of them. He was voted to eight straight Pro-Bowls from 1964-1971 and four straight All-Pro Teams from 1966-1969. He was one of the best defenders of the 1960s and was named to the AFL All-1960s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, having to wait much longer than he should have.


DT: Chris Jones (2016-Present)

2 Int | 10 FF | 2 FR | 49.5 Sk | 199 Tackles | 48 TFL | 3x Pro-Bowl (19, 20, 21)


You might be surprised to not see Curly Culp in this position, but Culp actually spent the majority of his career with the Oilers. That being said, I'm going with Chris Jones. After his 2021 season, Chris Jones cemented himself as one of the best defensive tackles in Chief's history. He's had over six sacks in five seasons and has been voted three straight Pro-Bowls from 2019-2021.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Paul Rochester (1960-1963) | 16 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (61)

  2. Curly Culp (1968-1974) | 5 FR | 37 Sk | 2x Pro-Bowl (69, 71) | Hall of Fame Class 2013

  3. Bill Maas (1984-1992) | 8 FR | 40 Sk | 2x Pro-Bowl (86, 87) | 1984 Defensive Rookie of the Year

  4. Dan Saleaumua (1989-1996) | 3 Int | 3 FF | 17 FR | 28 Sk | 495 Tackles | 1x Pro-Bowl (95)

  5. John Browning (1996-2005) | 1 Int | 3 FF | 4 FR | 27.5 Sk | 307 Tackles | 35 TFL

  6. Dontari Poe (2012-2016) | 2 FF | 1 FR | 13 Sk | 200 Tackles | 16 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (13, 14)


LB: Bobby Bell (1963-1974)

26 Int | 9 FR | 40 Sk | 9x Pro-Bowl (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72) | 6x All-Pro (65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70) | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame All-1970s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1983


Another great defender from the 1960s and one of the best linebackers of all time, Bobby Bell, is our first starting linebacker. Bell spent 12 seasons with the Chiefs from 1963-1974, won three AFL Championships and one Super Bowl, was named to nine straight Pro-Bowls from 1964-1972 and six straight All-Pro Teams from 1965-1970. Bell also has the rare accomplishment of being named to two All-Decade Teams, being named to the AFL All-1960s Team and the Hall of Fame All-1970s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.


LB: Derrick Thomas (1989-1999)

1 Int | 41 FF | 19 FR | 126.5 Sk | 641 Tackles | Led League in FF 1990 and 1992 (6, 8) | Led League in Sk 1990 (20) | 9x Pro-Bowl (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97) | 2x All-Pro (90, 91) | 1989 Defensive Rookie of the Year | 1993 Walter Payton Man of the Year | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2009


From one great to the next, we come to Derrick Thomas. Thomas is one of the greatest pass rushers of all time. He holds the franchise record in sacks with 126.5 and also led the league 1990 with 20 sacks. Thomas had at least 10 sacks in seven seasons, and he still holds the single game record with seven. He was named to nine straight Pro-Bowls from 1989-1997 and the All-Pro Team in both 1990 and 1991. Thomas was the 1989 Defensive Rookie of the Year and named to the Hall of Fame All-1990s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.


LB: Willie Lanier (1967-1977)

27 Int | 8 FR | 4 Sk | 8x Pro-Bowl (68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75) | 3x All-Pro (68, 71, 73) | 1972 Walter Payton Man of the Year | Hall of Fame Class 1986


Willie Lanier rounds out the linebackers, making this a linebacking trio to rival the All-Time Chicago Bears. Lanier spent 11 seasons with the Chiefs, intercepting multiple passes in nine of them. He was named to eight straight Pro-Bowls from 1968-1975 and the All-Pro Team in 1968, 1971 and 1973. Lanier was the 1972 Walter Payton Man of the Year and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. The Chiefs have a whole bunch of other great linebackers' worth mentioning, including Sherrill Headrick, E.J. Holub, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Walt Corey (1960-1966) | 4 Int | 5 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (63)

  2. Sherrill Headrick (1960-1967) | 14 Int | 9 Sk | 4x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 65, 66) | 3x All-Pro (60, 61, 62)

  3. E.J. Holub (1961-1970) | 9 Int | 17 Sk | 5x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 64, 65, 66) | 2x All-Pro (62, 63)

  4. Jim Lynch (1967-1977) | 17 Int | 14 FR | 18 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (68)

  5. Whitney Paul (1976-1981, 1986) | 8 Int | 10 FR | 24 Sk

  6. Gary Spani (1978-1986) | 2 Int | 10 FR | 9.5 Sk

  7. Dino Hackett (1986-1991) | 1 Int | 6 FR | 9 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (88)

  8. Tracey Simien (1991-1997) | 4 Int | 7 FR | 4 Sk | 504 Tackles

  9. Donnie Edwards (1996-2001, 2007-2008) | 11 Int | 8 FF | 9 FR | 16.5 Sk | 761 Tackles | 44 TFL

  10. Derrick Johnson (2005-2017) | 14 Int | 22 FF | 8 FR | 27.5 Sk | 1,154 Tackles | 103 TFL | 4x Pro-Bowl (11, 12, 13, 15) | 1x All-Pro (11)

  11. Tamba Hali (2006-2017) | 2 Int | 33 FF | 13 FR | 89.5 Sk | 596 Tackles | 105 TFL | 5x Pro-Bowl (11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

  12. Justin Houston (2011-2018) | 4 Int | 14 FF | 10 FR | 78.5 Sk | 382 Tackles | 96 TFL | Led League in Sk 2014 (22) | 4x Pro-Bowl (12, 13, 14, 15) | 1x All-Pro (14)

CB: Emmitt Thomas (1966-1978)

58 Int | 7 FR | Led League in Int 1969 and 1974 (9, 12) | 5x Pro-Bowl (68, 71, 72, 74, 75) | 1x All-Pro (74) | Hall of Fame Class 2008


Emmitt Thomas is firs defensive back for the All-Time Chiefs. He was an interception machine in Kansas City, intercepting 58 passes in his 13 seasons, which is a franchise record. Thomas led the league in interceptions in both 1969 and 1974 and had at least four interceptions in seven seasons. He was fifth in interceptions in NFL history at retirement and currently ranks 12th. Thomas was named to five Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team and finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.


CB: Albert Lewis (1983-1993)

38 Int | 7 FF | 12 FR | 4.5 Sk | 555 Tackles | 4x Pro-Bowl (87, 88, 89, 90) | 2x All-Pro (89, 90)

Next up at cornerback is Albert Lewis. Lewis spent 11 seasons with the Chiefs, intercepting 38 passes and compiling over 550 tackles. He had at least four interceptions in six seasons and was named to four Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams. The Chiefs have a whole bunch of other corners who had good stints as well, most notably Dave Grayson, Dale Carter and Marcus Peters.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Duane Wood (1960-1964) | 20 Int | 1x Pro-Bowl (63)

  2. Dave Grayson (1961-1964) | 19 Int | 3x Pro-Bowl (62, 63, 64) | 1x All-Pro (64) | AFL All-1960s Team

  3. Jim Marsalis (1969-1975) | 14 Int | 6 FR | 1 Sk | 2x Pro-Bowl (69, 70) | 1x All-Pro (70)

  4. Gary Green (1977-1983) | 24 Int | 10 FR | 3x Pro-Bowl (81, 82, 83)

  5. Kevin Ross (1984-1993, 1997) | 30 Int | 2 FF | 12 FR | 4 Sk | 827 Tackles | 2x Pro-Bowl (89, 90)

  6. Dale Carter (1992-1998) | 21 Int | 9 FR | 4x Pro-Bowl (94, 95, 96, 97) | 1992 Defensive Rookie of the Year

  7. James Hasty (1995-2000) | 21 Int | 2 FF | 6 FR | 6 Sk | 407 Tackles | 8 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (97, 99)

  8. Eric Warfield (1998-2005) | 20 Int | 5 FF | 3 FR | 1 Sk | 385 Tackles | 4 TFL

  9. Brandon Flowers (2008-2013) | 17 Int | 4 FF | 5 FR | 2 Sk | 373 Tackles | 14 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (13)

  10. Marcus Peters (2015-2017) | 19 Int | 5 FF | 5 FR | 151 Tackles | 4 TFL | Led League in Int 2015 (8) | 2x Pro-Bowl (15, 16) | 1x All-Pro (16) | 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year

S: Johnny Robinson (1960-1971)

57 Int | 6 FR | Led League in Int 1966 and 1970 (10, 10) | 7x Pro-Bowl (63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70) | 6x All-Pro (65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70) | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2019


Johnny Robinson is the starting safety for the All-Time Chiefs and he's another player from those great 1960s teams. He's one interception behind Emmitt Thomas with 57 and led the league in interceptions twice as well. Robinson had at least 4 interceptions in seven seasons and was named to seven Pro-Bowls, six All-Pro Teams and the AFL All-1960s Team. He was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019. I don't know what took Hall of Fame voters so long to get some of the guys in.


S: Deron Cherry (1981-1991)

50 Int | 14 FR | 3.5 Sk | 6x Pro-Bowl (83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88) | 3x All-Pro (84, 86, 88) | Hall of Fame All-1980s Team


Deron Cherry rounds out the secondary, and that makes three different players with over 50 interceptions in a Chiefs uniform. Cherry was the leader on the Chiefs defense for a decade and five times he had seven or more interceptions. He was voted to six Pro-Bowls, three All-Pro Teams and the Hall of Fame All-1980s Team. Not to beat a dead horse here, but he's another player that is being forced to wait much longer than he should have to get a call from the Hall of Fame. Eric Berry was also great with the Chiefs for nine seasons.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Bobby Hunt (1962-1967) | 37 Int | 0.5 Sk | Led League in Int 1966 (10) | 1x Pro-Bowl (64) | 1x All-Pro (62)

  2. Jim Kearney (1967-1975) | 23 Int | 8 FR | 2 Sk

  3. Gary Barbaro (1976-1982) | 39 Int | 10 FR | 1 Sk | 3x Pro-Bowl (80, 81, 82)

  4. Lloyd Burruss (1981-1991) | 22 Int | 7 FR | 2.5 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (86)

  5. Jerome Woods (1996-2005) | 15 Int | 11 FF | 5 FR | 5 Sk | 545 Tackles | 14 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (03)

  6. Greg Weasley (2000-2007) | 29 Int | 11 FF | 4 FR | 6 Sk | 509 Tackles | 19 TFL

  7. Eric Berry (2010-2018) | 14 Int | 2 FR | 5.5 Sk | 445 Tackles | 29 TFL | 5x Pro-Bowl (10, 12, 13, 15, 16) | 3x All-Pro (13, 15, 16) | 2015 Comeback Player of the Year | Hall of Fame All-2010s Team

  8. Tyrann Mathieu (2019-Present) | 13 Int | 4 FR | 3 Sk | 213 Tackles | 8 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (20, 21) | 2x All-Pro (19, 20)


K: Nick Lowery (1980-1993)

80.2 FG% | 58 Long | 1,466 Points | Led League in FGM 1990 (34) | Led League in Long 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1987 (57, 58, 58, 54) | Led League in FG% 1985, 1990 and 1992 (88.9%, 91.9%, 91.7%) | Led League in Points 1990 (139) | 3x Pro-Bowl (81, 90, 92) | 2x All-Pro (85, 90)


You might be surprised to not see Jan Stenerud in this spot. Stenerud was the first kicker inducted into the Hall of Fame, but Nick Lowery took over immediately after him and preceded to outdo him in virtually every category. Lowery is the franchise record holder in points, led the league in field goals made once, long four times, field goal percentage three times and points once. He was also voted to three Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams. If Stenerud is a Hall of Famer, so too is Nick Lowery.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Tommy Brooker (1962-1966) | 48.2 FG% | 48 Long | 290 Points | 1x Pro-Bowl (64)

  2. Jan Stenerud (1967-1979) | 64 FG% | 55 Long | 1,231 Points | Led League in FGM 1967, 1970 and 1975 (21, 30, 22) | Led League in Long 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1971 (54, 52, 54, 54) | Led League in FG% 1968 and 1969 (75%, 77.1%) | 5x Pro-Bowl (68, 69, 70, 71, 75) | 1x All-Pro (70) | Hall of Fame Class 1991

P: Jerrel Wilson (1963-1977)

44,218 Punt Yds | 72 Long | 43.4 Yds/Punt | Led League in Punt Yds 1964 and 1973 (3,326, 3,642) | Led League in Long 1963 (72) | Led League in Yds/Punt 1965, 1968, 1971, 1972 and 1973 (45.4, 45.1, 44.8, 44.8, 45.5) | 3x Pro-Bowl (70, 71, 72) | AFL All-1960s Team | Hall of Fame All-1970s Team

You won't hear me say this often, but here's a punter who unquestionably deserves to be a Hall of Famer. Wilson led the league in punt yards twice, long once and yards per punt five times. He was voted to three Pro-Bowls and both the AFL All-1960s Team and the Hall of Fame All-1970s Team. Not many punters have accolades like that, so he deserves to at least be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Dustin Colquitt (2005-2019) | 50,393 Punt Yds | 81 Long | 44.8 Yds/Punt | Led League in Long 2007, 2010 and 2017 (81, 72, 77) | 2x Pro-Bowl (12, 16)

Returner: Dante Hall (2000-2006)

1,882 Punt Rt Yds | 5 Punt Rt TD | 10 Yds/Punt Rt | 8,644 Kick Rt Yds | 6 Kick Rt TD | 24 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt TD 2002 and 2003 (2, 2) | Led League in Yds/Punt Rt 2003 (16.3) | Led League in Kick Rt Yds 2004 (1,718) | Led League in Kick Rt TD 2003 (2) | Led League in Punt Rt Long 2003 (93) | Led League in Kick Rt Long 2003 (100) | 2x Pro-Bowl (02, 03) | 1x All-Pro (03) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team


Dante Hall is one of the greatest returners of all time. His nickname, "the human joystick" should tell you all you need to know when it comes to how hard he was to tackle. Hall has over 10,000 total return yards and 11 total return touchdowns. He led the league in punt return touchdowns twice, yards per punt return once, kick return yards once, kick return touchdowns once, and kick and punt return long once each as well. Hall was also voted to two Pro-Bowls, one All-Pro Team and the AFL All-2000s Team.


Honorable Mentions

  1. J.T. Smith (1978-1984) | 2,289 Punt Rt Yds | 4 Punt Rt TD | 10.6 Yds/Punt Rt | 396 Kick Rt Yds | 19.8 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 1979 and 1980 (612, 581) | Led League in Punt Rt TD 1979 and 1980 (2, 2) | Led League in Punt Rt Long 1979 and 1980 (88, 75) | Led League in Yds/Punt Rt 1980 (14.5) | 1x Pro-Bowl (80) | 1x All-Pro (80)

  2. Tamarick Vanover (1995-1999) | 1,930 Punt Rt Yds | 4 Punt Rt TD | 10.7 Yds/Punt Rt | 5,099 Kick Rt Yds | 4 Kick Rt TD | 24.1 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 1995 and 1999 (540, 627) | Led League in Punt Rt TD 1995 and 1999 (2, 1) | Led League Kick Rt TD 1995 (2) | Led League in Kick Rt Long 1995 and 1996 (99, 97)

  3. Tyreek Hill (2016-Present) | 1,009 Punt Rt Yds | 4 Punt Rt TD | 11.7 Yds/Punt Rt | 384 Kick Rt Yds | 1 Kick Rt TD | 27.4 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 2016 (592) | Led League in Punt Rt TD 2016 and 2018 (2, 1) | Led League in Punt Rt Long 2016 (95) | Led League in Yds/Punt Rt 2016 (15.2) | Led League in Kick Rt TD 2016 (1) | 6x Pro-Bowl (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) | 3x All-Pro (16, 18, 20) | Hall of Fame All-2010s Team


Head Coach: Hank Stram (1960-1974)

Regular Season: 124-76-10 | 61.9 W-L% | Playoffs: 5-3 | 1962, 1966 and 1969 AFL Champion | 1969 Super Bowl Champion | Hall of Fame Class 2003


Finally, we come to head coach Hank Stram. Stram won over 60% of his games from 1960-1974. He had 11 winning seasons and won the 1962, 1966 and 1969 AFL Championship Games, as well as the 1969 Super Bowl. He lost the first Super Bowl ever, so we were that close to calling it the Stram Trophy instead of the Lombardi Trophy. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, like so many other Chiefs, having to wait way too long to get the call.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Marty Schottenheimer (1989-1998) | Regular Season: 101-58-1 | 63.4 W-L% | Playoffs: 3-7

  2. Dick Vermeil (2001-2005) | Regular Season: 44-36 | 55 W-L% | Playoffs: 0-1

  3. Andy Reid (2013-Present) | Regular Season: 103-42 | 71 W-L% | Playoffs: 9-7 | 2019 Super Bowl Champion | 2020 AFC Champion

4 Comments


Patrick Davis
Patrick Davis
Sep 21, 2023

I love the late great Len Dawson too, but Pat is arguably better the "the cool" ever was and that's coming from a guy who used to pump Lenny's gas as a young kid. My first signature ever in my life came from Len.

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Unknown member
Sep 21, 2023
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Yeah, I agree. I wrote this before Mahomes won another SB and MVP. There’s a case to be made for Kelce now over Gonzalez as well!

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James Harris
James Harris
Jun 20, 2023

Best coach is Andy Reid and it's not even close!

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Jun 20, 2023
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I agree, this was written before he won his second SB with them.

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