Kansas City Chiefs: Top 50 players of all-time

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Aug 2, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; Bobby Bell (left) and Lem Barney at the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

4. Bobby Bell

Bell is the finest athlete in the history of the NFL at the linebacker position. Former Chiefs head coach and Hall of Famer Hank Stram once said that Bell is the only player he ever saw that could play any position and not hurt the team. This was far from hyperbole, as Bell proved to be one of the all-time greats in any era.

Entering the AFL in 1963 after spurning the Minnesota Vikings, Bell immediately became an impact player at outside linebacker. Over his 12 seasons, all with Kansas City, Bell was named an AFL All-Star six times, an NFL Pro Bowler three times, an AFL First-Team All-Pro five times and a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade team. Needless to say, his accomplishments are many.

Bell was the first black linebacker inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, getting enshrined in 1983, three years after he was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame and had his No. 78 retired. Bell was not huge at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, but he was incredibly fast and versatile. Bell finished his career with 40 unofficial sacks, 26 interceptions and nine touchdowns, including returning an onside kick for a score.

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