Kansas City Chiefs: Top 50 players of all-time

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Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of Super Bowl IV championship ring to commemorate the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on January 11, 1970 on display at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport

7. Len Dawson

Dawson is easily the greatest quarterback in franchise history. Dawson was actually drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the fifth-overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft, but flamed out by the end of the 1959 campaign. Dawson then joined the Cleveland Browns and was virtually inactive over the next two years before joining the Texans in 1962.

In his first season, Dawson led the Texans to the AFL championship before giving Kansas City a tremendous run through the 1975 season. Dawson was able to win three AFL titles and go to a pair of Super Bowls, including the upset win in Super Bowl IV. Dawson was also a terrific guy away from the field, winning the NFL Man of the Year award in 1973.

On the field, Dawson was a six-time AFL All-Star and a four-time AFL All-Pro selection. Dawson also won the Super Bowl MVP award in 1969 and was one of the most accurate passers of his era. The former University of Purdue star won four AFL passing titles and completed 57.1 percent of his passes, an astronomical number for that time. Dawson finished his career with 239 touchdowns and 28,711 passing yards.

Dawson is a Hall of Famer and had his No. 16 retired by the Chiefs.

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