Top 50 Kansas City Chiefs

The story of the Kansas City Chiefs begins in Dallas where they were a charter member of the American Football League as the Dallas Texans and in their third year of existence, they won the title, which coincided as being their final year in Dallas.

Relocating to Kansas City and redubbed the Chiefs they would win the AFL title again in 1966 and that was the year of Super Bowl I, where they would represent the league against the Green Bay Packers.  They didn’t win, but they would win the final AFL Title in 1969 and this time they would beat their NFL counterpart, the Minnesota Vikings to win Super Bowl IV, which to date is the only one they ever one. 

After 1971, it would be 15 years before they would return to the playoffs and by the 1990’s they would do well making the playoffs seven times that decade, although they never went deep into the post season.  The 2000’s would see more of the same with multiple trips to the playoffs but to date they have yet to return to the Super Bowl.

While they are only a one time Super Bowl Champion (and for that matter as of this writing a one time Super Bowl participant) this is a team that has one of the more fervent fans in the NFL and has had many Hall of Famers play on their field.  


This list is up to the end of the 2018 regular season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.

Exceptionally quick and tall, Albert Lewis had a really good career that was capped by four straight (1987-90) Pro Bowl seasons for the Chiefs.  The Cornerback would seemingly improve every season throughout the 80’s culminating in First Team All Pro Selections in 1989 and 1990.  Lewis would secure 38 picks for the Chiefs and was also adept on Special Teams…
Art Still was a four time Pro Bowl Selection who would also be chosen for a pair of Second Team All Pro nods (1980 & 1984).  The Defensive End was the second overall pick in 1978 from the University of Kentucky and he developed into an excellent pass rusher on the NFL level.  Still would twice have a 10 Sack…
Jack Rudnay may have earned a Super Bowl Championship in his rookie season, but he never played a game due to injury.  Still, we have no problem putting him on this list of the Top 50 Kansas City Chiefs of all-time based on what he did after.
Priest Holmes had a 1,008 Yard rushing season for the Baltimore Ravens in 1998 however in the next two seasons he did not get past 600 so it was safe to say that Ravens fans may not have been that concerned when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2001 season.  As it turned out they would have…
John Alt was a 1st Round Draft Pick from the University of Iowa in 1984 and he would eventually lock himself as the team’s starting Left Tackle.  By the early 1990’s, he would establish him self as one of the best at his position and he would be rewarded with two Pro Bowl Selections (1992 & 1993) though he arguably…
Berry was drafted 5th overall in 2010 from the University of Tennessee and the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year did not disappoint.  A Pro Bowl selection as a rookie, he would sit out almost all of the 2011 season only to come back better than ever in 2012 returning to the Pro Bowl.  He would do it again…

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Drafted by the Dallas Texans in 1961, Fred Arbanas would establish himself as one of the top Tight Ends of the American Football League immediately.  Arbanas was named an AFL All Star in his rookie year and he would be named that honor another four times with the Texans/Chiefs.
E.J. Holub, the first man who would have his number retired at Texas Tech would make professional football history as the first (and to date, only) player to start at two different positions (Linebacker and Center) and in the current football climate this is one feat he will likely never have to share.
Trent Green was a pretty good Quarterback who posted better statistics than you might remember.  Green got off to a rough start in his first season with Kansas City as he was prone to Interceptions but from 2003 to 2005 he would throw for over 4,000 Yards with at least 24 Touchdown Passes.  In those years he was second in…
Sherrill Headrick was not drafted by anyone in either the National Football League or the American League but the former star at TCU would find a home with the Dallas Texans and he immediately became a standout Linebacker in the new American Football League.  Headrick was named an AFL First Team All Pro in his first three seasons of football…
The kicking game in professional football is a job that has a fickle fan base for sure but the Chiefs fans were certainly happy with the man who held that position for them from 1980 to 1993.
Jamaal Charles would take over the starting Running Back job when Larry Johnson went down to injury but it didn’t take long for Charles to make Chiefs fans to forget the very capable Johnson.
Playing all 151 of his Games in the National Football League with the Kansas City Chiefs the former Maxwell Award winner from Notre Dame had a very good professional career.  The durable Linebacker started every game he played in after his rookie season (10 seasons) and he was named an AFL All Star in 1968 while also being named a…
A Pro Bowl Selection in 1999, Tim Grunhard was drafted in the second round from Notre Dame in 1990 and in his sophomore season was affixed as the starting Center, a position he would hold for the next ten years.  A good player throughout his career, Grunhard was also known for his philanthropic endeavors in the Kansas City community throughout…
When you are a Tight End for the Kansas City Chiefs you can realistically only hope to be the second best ever in franchise history due to the greatness of first ballot Hall of Famer, Tony Gonzalez.  That being said, Travis Kelce is currently the top producing Tight End in the NFL and is currently on a four year Pro…
The overall Kansas City Chief resume of Larry Johnson is an inconsistent one.  A 2003 First Round Draft Pick from Penn State, Johnson was not someone who Head Coach Dick Vermeil particularly wanted and their relationship was off to a rocky start.  Johnson saw very little playing time and it took an injury to the incumbent Priest Holmes in Johnson’s…
Dave Szott was drafted in the 7th Round out of Penn State and he took the teaching from legendary coach Joe Paterno to carve out a fourteen season career in the NFL, the first eleven of which were with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Szott started 136 of his 142 Games in KC and the Left Guard would be named a…
As of this writing Justin Houston is still with the Kansas City Chiefs and for a four year stretch 2012-15 he was among the upper echelon of Outside Linebackers.
There are a lot of strange stories to get to a sporting Hall of Fame but there are few that were as unlikely as that of Jan Stenerud.