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Top Five Chiefs Of All Time


The Kansas City Chiefs hope to excel on the field this Sunday and meanwhile, one of their biggest fans is excelling here at Arrowhead Addict.

Longtime reader and commenter Americanwolfx wrote an excellent piece in the Addict Posts Forum today. The Addict Posts are a place for AA readers to do their own blogging about the Chiefs. If someone writes a particularly good Addict Post it will sometimes get posted to the main page. It has been a while but Americanwolfx did a great job with his “Top Five” post today and it is time he gets some recognition. He has the second most posts of any of our forum members.

So props to Americanwolfx! And be sure to check our the Addict Forums! Enjoy his post.

1. Derrick Thomas – Linebacker / Defensive End

Derrick Thomas was drafted during the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft
by the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first year with the Chiefs, he was
awarded the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.  Thomas was a
nine-time Pro Bowler, a three-time First-Team All-Pro selection, a
three-time Second-Team All-Pro selection, a seven-time First-Team
All-AFC selection and a one-time Second-Team All-AFC selection.

169 Games Played

157 Games Started

126.5 Sacks

41 Forced Fumbles

19 Fumble Recoveries

4 Fumbles Resulting in Touchdowns

More after the jump.

2. Willie Lanier – Linebacker

Willie Lanier was drafted during the second round of the 1967 NFL Draft
by the Chiefs. He went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs for his
entire professional career, which lasted until 1977. Lanier was an
eight-time Pro Bowlers and an eight-time All-Pro selection. He was named
to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and his number, 63 was
retired from the team’s roster. In 1986, Lanier was also inducted into
the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

149 Games Played

49 Games Started

27 Defensive Interceptions

2 Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns

1 Safety Scored

3. Bobby Bell – Linebacker / Defensive End

Bobby Bell was originally drafted by the AFL
during the 1963 NFL Draft. The AFL Kansas City Chiefs selected Bell to
play on their defense. He remained with the team until 1974, when he
retired from professional football. Bell is a Hall of Fame player and
the team retired his number, 78, from their roster. Bobby Bell was
selected six-times to the AFL All-Star team, five-times to the All-AFL
First-Team and once to the All-AFL Second Team. He was part of the 1969
World Champion Kansas City Chiefs and was selected three-times for the
Pro Bowl.

168 Games Played

26 Defensive Interceptions

6 Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns

9 Fumble Recoveries

4. Tony Gonzalez – Tight End

Tony Gonzales was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs during the first
round of the 1997 NFL Draft. In his first season with the team, Gonzalez
helped the team to achieve the highest record in the AFC that year. He
continuously improved his game during his time with the Chiefs, which
lasted through 2008. He has thus far in his career been a ten-time Pro
Bowler, a six-time First-Team All-Pro selection and a three-time
Second-Team All-Pro selection.

211 Games Played

190 Games Started

1023 Receptions

12053 Receiving Yards

83 Receiving Touchdowns

5. Emmitt Thomas – Cornerback

Emmitt Thomas was signed as a free agent in 1966 by the Kansas City
Chiefs. He remained with the team until his professional retirement in
1978. Thomas was a five-time Pro Bowler and he also had two-time First
and Second Team All-Pro selections. He was a three-time Super Bowl
Champion with the Chiefs and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of
Fame in 2008. His number, 18, was also retired from Kansas City’s

181 Games Played

23 Games Started

58 Defensive Interceptions

5 Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns

7 Fumble Recoveries

Post by Americanwolfx