Building the Kansas City Chiefs all-time 55-man roster

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dante Hall returns a kick. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 23 to 20 at Cardinals Stadium, Glendale, AZ, October 8, 2006. (Photo by Rich Gabrielson/NFLPhotoLibrary)

Specialists

Kicker (1): Nick Lowery

This was a difficult choice. When we began the research and list formation for the All-55, it was assumed that Jan Stenerud would be the easy choice. He is, after all, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. But, Nick Lowery should be a Hall of Famer and the fact that he is not will not exclude him from this team.

Lowery kicked for Kansas City for 14 seasons. He scored a franchise-record 1,466 points (235 ahead of Stenerud), and made 80% of his field goal attempts (to Stenerud’s 63%). Stenerud is in the Hall of Fame because he won a Super Bowl. (Pro Football Reference lists Lowery’s HOF meter ahead of Stenerud’s).

Honorable Mention: Jan Stenerud

Punter (1): Dustin Colquitt

It is essentially a coin flip when deciding between two punters who played with Kansas City for 15 years apiece. Jerrel Wilson had one more Pro Bowl appearance (3) and played in more Super Bowls (2) than Dustin Colquitt, but Colquitt had a better average, and was so good at situational punting and field position that it was difficult to forget about how important he was to so many Chiefs teams. This is perhaps recency bias, but we’re going with Colquitt here.

Honorable Mention: Jerrel Wilson

Long Snapper: Jack Rudnay

In the good old days, centers could also be long snappers and we did not need to reserve a roster position for just a player to snap punts/kicks. So we let Rudnay (who is the backup on this squad) do this work.

Holder: Len Dawson

He was a holder nearly all of his career, so this one works out well for Kansas City.

Kick Returners: Dante Hall, Tyreek Hill
Punt Returners: Tyreek Hill, Dante Hall

Two of the most dangerous returners in NFL history have played for Kansas City. Here, we’ve decided to have them each focus on one speciality. We can afford the luxury because Tyreek Hill will contribute a great deal on offense, too. Dante Hall is less likely to do so, but he’s also a better kickoff returner than Hill. Coach Levy may decide otherwise, but we’re sticking with this for now.

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