Top 5 Kansas City Chiefs Players By The Decade: The 1960's

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Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have been a franchise since 1963 (not counting the days of the Dallas Texans) giving them over 50 years of memories and players that will never be forgotten. From NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier to future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, every man on these lists has a spot in Chiefs history and fame.Today, we’re going to start a segment in which we count down the top 5 players from each decade starting with the beginning, the 1960′s

In what’s known as the glory days for Chiefs history, the 1960′s offered a lot of change to the league we know today and also a lot of success for Lamar Hunt and his football club. Hunt was at the fore front of creating the historic, American Football Conference (AFL) as an original owner. Full of pride, Hunt saw a future in which the AFL and NFL would merge into one league but, the NFL wouldn’t budge until the AFL could prove themselves worthy.

The Chiefs were able to assemble a roster full of legendary talent, but came up short in Super Bowl I against the Green Bay Packers. Three years later, the Chiefs found themselves in the Super Bowl again but this time they were not going to be denied, laying the smack down on the Minnesota Vikings which helped put the final touch on the merger between the two leagues.

That was 1969, and Kansas City hasn’t been back to the Super Bowl since, which helps to shows just how importance the 60′s is to the franchise and what that decade meant. Kansas City had some legends during that period of time, lets find out who the top 5 were. To start the list, click “next” or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.

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  • Joel Wagler

    Outstanding list. Every single on of them deserved to be on that list. Excellent.

  • Ray Cosyn

    One offensive player and four defensive. They are all great and deserve to be in Canton. However, it should have been the top 6 as Otis Taylor was the man that allowed Lenny to be what he became.

    • Josh Michaels

      Agreed! Otis Taylor is very underrated and deserves his place in canton

  • berttheclock

    Late to the party to give you kudos for this thread, but, I would add one very important person to the mix. Don Klosterman, the often very much over looked person by the Star, was the one responsible for finding that talent and keeping them away from the clutches of the NFL. He ended up falling upon his sword to protect the name of Mr Hunt, but, had he stayed on the Chiefs would have continued to grow in the ’70s. It was the “Duke of Del Ray” who had the most important role in assembling that talent. He was the one who hid Otis Taylor to keep him from signing with the NFL.