Top 5 All Time: Kansas City Chiefs Running Backs

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As we approach the 2014 Draft, instead of going the usual “Who the Chiefs should draft” route, I am going to do a series of Top Five Chiefs Players of all time.

This week I have chosen to focus on Chiefs running backs. So without further ado here are my Top Five Chiefs Running Backs of all time.

5. Christian “The Nigerian Nightmare” Okoye

Christian Okoye

Probably one of the most physical back to ready wear the Red and Gold. Known for not letting opposing defenses bring him down, Okoye was a big fast running back. Paving the way for big and fast running backs making their way into the NFL. Okoye’s best season came in 1989 where he rushed 370 times for a league leading 1,480 yards.

Though he was considered a project when he was drafted he is still to this day considered to be one of the best and is still talked about whenever running backs and Chiefs are in the same sentence. The motherland (kcchiefs.com) had a great video on Okoye and you can watch that here.

4. Larry Johnson

Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs

Now while Larry Johnson might not be the most popular choice to be on this list. One cannot take away what he did in the running game for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Johnson is the only player in Chiefs history to rush for over 1,700 yards in back-to-back seasons. Now I admit I was happy to see the man cut before he could break the all-time Chiefs rushing record, still one can’t overlook what he was able to do between the tackles, despite his extremely flawed character issues.

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