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Jared Allen Retires

‘Tis the season for NFL retirements, and we have an epic one with Jared Allen who retired by literally riding off into the sunset.

Allen was drafted in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 out of Idaho State.  The Defensive End would quickly become a starter and would become a fan favorite known for his quirk mannerisms and mullet hairstyle.  In 2007, which would be his last season with Kansas City, Allen would make his First Team All Pro roster, first Pro Bowl and would lead the NFL in Sacks.  He would also win the prestigious NFL Pass Rusher of the Year Award.

Allen would be traded to the Minnesota Vikings and would sign what was then the largest contract in NFL history for a defensive player.  In Minnesota, the accolades kept coming.  He made three more First Team All Pro Selections (2008, 2009 & 2011), won the NFL Alumni Defensive Alumni Player of the Year in 2009 and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.  In that season, Allen had 22 Sacks, which remains a Minnesota Vikings record.

He would later play with the Chicago Bears and finished off his career last season as a member of the Carolina Panthers where he appeared in last month’s Super Bowl.

Jared Allen finished off his career with 643 Tackles, 136 Quarterback Sacks and 6 Interceptions.  He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

We here at would like to congratulate Jared Allen for his great career, and the impressive way in which he retired. 

Tony Richardson to the Kansas City Chiefs HOF

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that former Fullback, Tony Richardson, will become the 46th member of their franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Richardson, who was undrafted out of Auburn, would briefly be with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before he was signed by the Chiefs in 1995.  Richardson would prove to bean elite blocker, and would pave the way for 1,000 Yard rushing seasons by his respective Running Backs, Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes.

Richardson would become an effective offensive weapon himself, rushing for 1,575 yards and catching 177 passes for another 1,298 Yards.  He would cross the goal line for 24 Touchdowns.

Two of Tony Richardson three Pro Bowls were as a Kansas City Chief and he would be named a Second Team All Pro in 2004.

We here at would like to congratulate Tony Richardson, the latest addition to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Carlos Carson named to the Kansas City Chiefs HOF

We are slowly getting there!

Regular visitors to know that we are slowly (or glacier like) working on our top 50 players for each major North American Franchise.  After that is done, our intention is to look at how each one of those teams honor their past players and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Kansas City Chiefs has inducted Carlos Carson as the 47th member of their franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Drafted in the 5th Round out of LSU in the 1980 NFL Draft, “Speedy” Carlos Carlson would blossom into a dependable offensive weapon for the Chiefs.  A Pro Bowler in both 1983 and 1987, Carlson would have three 1,000 Receiving Yard seasons in KC and would overall catch 352 passes for 6,360 Yards with 33 Touchdown Passes. 

Carlson suited up for 352 Games as a Chief.

We here at would like to congratulate Carlos Carson for achieving this prestigious honor.

Tony Gonzalez to enter the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame

Tony Gonzalez will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019 and our guess (and isn’t it everyone’s?) that the former 14 time Pro Bowl Tight End will enter in his first try. While he is waiting for that accolade he has one Hall to enter first: the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Gonzalez (who also played basketball) was drafted out of UCLA 13th overall in 1997 and in his third season he would make his first of 10 Pro Bowls and first of five First Team All Pro nods. Gonzalez had four campaigns that exceeded 1,000 Yards (unheard of for a Tight End) and actually led the NFL in Receptions in 2004. In his 12 years with Kansas City, he tallied a whopping 10,940 Yards with 76 Touchdowns.

He will be honored at an Award banquet on February 24 and will be officially enshrined at Alumni Weekend this fall.

Gonzalez becomes the 44th player (and 48th member overall) to enter the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

The Kansas City Chiefs to add Brian Waters to their Hall of Fame

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that the Kansas City Chiefs have announced that they are Brian Waters will be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame.

Waters was undrafted out of North Texas and after the Dallas Cowboys signed and released him the Chiefs signed him and he made the 2000 roster.  By 2002, he was Kansas City’s starting Left Guard and in 2004 he would go to his first of five Pro Bowls as a Chief, with the others coming in 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2010.  He was also a two-time First Team All-Pro.  Waters played 163 Games for Kansas City before signing with the New England Patriots for the 2011 Season.

Waters becomes the 49thperson and 45thplayer to enter the Chiefs Hall of Fame.  Coincidentally, we are working on our All-Time Top 50 Kansas City Chiefs and Waters is pegged at the #19 spot.

We here at would like to congratulate Brian Waters for earning this honor.

Derrick Johnson Retired

The retirements just keep on coming in the National Football League!

Linebacker, Derrick Johnson just signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs so that he could retire at Arrowhead.  He had played with the Oakland Raiders last year after playing with Chiefs from 2005 to 2017.  

Johnson was drafted 15thoverall from the University of Texas where he was slotted immediately as the team’s Left Outside Linebacker.  He would switch to Right Inside Linebacker in 2010 and would go on a four-year streak of 100 or more tackles.  He would be named to the Pro Bowl in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 and was a First Team All-Pro in 2011.  His career at Kansas City would see him record 27.5 Sacks, 14 Interceptions and 1,151 Tackles.

Coincidentally, we have almost completed our All-Time Top 50 Kansas City Chiefs and Johnson is currently penciled in at #13.

We here at would like to wish Derrick Johnson the best in his post-playing career.

Our Top 50 All-Time Kansas City Chiefs are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Kansas City Chiefs who first came into the existence as the Dallas Texans as an original AFL Team.  They would win it all in 1962, but relocated to Kansas City where they would win the title again in 1966.  The Chiefs would later win Super Bowl IV, but while they have one of the most fervent fan bases, they have not won since.

As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following: 

  1. Advanced Statistics.
  1. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL.
  1. Playoff accomplishments.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season.

The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

  1. Will Shields
  1. Len Dawson
  1. Derrick Thomas
  1. Tony Gonzalez
  1. Bobby Bell

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  Look for the Top 50 Atlanta Braves next.

As always we thank you for your support.

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14. Jim Tyrer

Out of all the people on this list we will say up front that there is zero chance that Jim Tyrer will get into the Football Hall of Fame.  Killing your wife and committing suicide there after is sadly what Tyrer is best known for and this has led to him being ostracized by the NFL.

Had Tyrer not broke down in his personal life, his on field accomplishments may have been enough to get him in to Canton.  He was arguably the best Offensive Lineman in the AFL, and was a multiple time AFL All star.  He was voted to the all time AFL team and was a big part of opening holes for Chiefs runners for years.  Tyrer may very well the best lineman that Kansas City ever had.
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17. Otis Taylor

It may seem a lifetime ago, but when Hall of Fame Quarterback Len Dawson was looking for a deep threat, it was Otis Taylor who was the target.  In fact, it was Taylor who caught half of the passes for the Kansas City Chiefs in their Super Bowl IV victory.

Taylor was a star in the AFL, and a big reason that the Chiefs were good.  He was their top receiver and rewarded them with a 1,297 yard season in 1966.  He was still productive after the NFL/AFL merger and the league in receiving yards in 1971.
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21. Deron Cherry

Usually, Punters don’t have much of a Hall of Fame shot.  It is a good thing for Deron Cherry that he focused on being a Safety.  It is a better thing for the Kansas City Chiefs as Cherry became one of the best at that position.

Using his athletic gifts, Deron Cherry emerged as a top defensive star in the NFL.  Once he became a star, he was among the league's most consistent players.  Although he never led the league in interceptions, Cherry was a very good open field tackler and was rarely beat one on one.  For his efforts, Cherry was a six-time Pro Bowl Selection and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1980s.
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40. Neil Smith

Very few players could be viewed as the total athletic package. Neil Smith may have been one of those rare exceptions as scouts felt with his skills there was little he couldn’t do on the football field.  Those scouts would be right.

Neil Smith was a multi-faceted Defensive End who was equally adept at stuffing the run as defending against the pass.  His true gift may have been sacking the Quarterback as he led the NFL in that category in 1993.  Smith was a six-time Pro Bowler and though his skills were slightly diminished in the second half of his career, he was able to aid the Denver Broncos in their two consecutive Super Bowl wins in the late 90’s.
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72. Ed Budde

Len Dawson was one of the great Quarterbacks of the American Football League, but a big reason he was able to do what he did was that Ed Budde helped him stay upright.
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104. Dave Grayson

For so long the AFL was considered was considered the ugly stepchild of Football.  This officially changed when the Jets won Super Bowl III, and many people reevaluated their position on American Football League talent.  One such person was Dave Grayson who was a pick machine.
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