Although the Kansas City Chiefs only have one Super Bowl title to their name, they have had some pretty great players on their team.
Mark Gunnels of Football Insiders wrote up a nice complimentary post on the Kansas City Chiefs, writing up their “Mount Rushmore” of best players. It’s not too hard to debate with Gunnels on these, but take a look for yourself and see what you think.
- Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs tight end from 1997-2008)
- Derrick Thomas (Chiefs linebacker from 1989-1999)
- Will Shields (Chiefs offensive guard from 1993-2006)
- Len Dawson (Chiefs quarterback from 1962-1975)
Three of these guys are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame while the other one is going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer once he’s eligible.
It’s not difficult to count any of these guys out. Gonzalez holds a large amount of records for not only tight ends, but in the receiving game in general. He’s arguably the greatest tight end to ever play in the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs had the honor of having him on their team for 12 years.
Derrick Thomas’ life was tragically cut short, but the guy will always be a legend in Kansas City. He’s one of the best linebackers to ever don a Chiefs uniform, and his seven-sack performance against the Seattle Seahawks in 1990, still holds as the most sacks ever recorded by one player in a game.
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Will Shields recently made it into the Hall of Fame and deservedly so. The guy held down the fort along the offensive line for 14 years, all of which he spent in Kansas City.
The reason the offense was so good during his time here was because Shields made sure the rest of the line was in a groove together, and it allowed the quarterback to get rid of the football and make plays.
Lastly, there’s Len Dawson. Chiefs fans are still waiting for the next great quarterback to stroll through Kansas City, but until he does, it’ll be Lenny Dawson that this franchise considers their GOAT (greatest of all time).
Dawson still holds the record for most passing yards in team history and is the only Chiefs quarterback to go into the Hall of Fame (yes, they had Montana, but he didn’t have all of his success with the team). He’s also the only quarterback to win this team a Super Bowl, which was accomplished in the 1969 season.
These four guys exemplify just what the Kansas City Chiefs organization stands for and there’s no doubt in my mind that this Mount Rushmore would hold up with most of, if not all of, Chiefs Kingdom.