6. Jack Rudnay
The 1970 season saw a changing of the guard at center for the Kansas City Chiefs. As veteran E.J Holub neared the end of his career, a rookie named Jack Rudnay stepped right in and continued the high level of play at center for this franchise for the next 12 campaigns. During that stretch, Rudnay made four different Pro Bowl teams and built a reputation as one of the best players at his position in the league.
The Cleveland, Ohio product also has the distinction of being one of the few players in team history to don the number 58 on his jersey, as the late great Derrick Thomas had this number retired back in 2009. After retiring from the league in 1982, Rudnay later was inducted into the team’s HOF in 1994 and went on to have a successful business career.
5. Brian Waters
When the Chiefs signed UDFA Brian Waters back in 2000, he was largely an unknown commodity out of the University of North Texas. By the time the dust had settled on Waters’ brilliant NFL career, he had played 13 seasons, 11 with the Chiefs. Also, he had made 6 Pro Bowl teams, 5 of which were with Kansas City.
Behind former Chiefs great Priest Holmes, Water is likely the second best undrafted free agent to ever play for KC, and behind No. 3 on this list, Ed Budde, his is arguably the second best left guard to ever play in the Chiefs kingdom as well. Due to all 30 NFL teams passing on him many times in the 2000 NFL Draft, Waters’ success story as a pro football offensive lineman becomes that much more impressive.
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