There will undoubtedly be some who are surprised by Eddie Kennison’s inclusion on this list, but you shouldn’t be. Eddie Kennison played six full seasons for the Chiefs, and in those seasons he was the leading receiver twice and the runner up three times.
The LSU star was a key cog in the Kansas City Chiefs historic 2002 and 2003 offenses—two of the top eight offenses based off advanced statistics since Football Outsiders began collecting data in 1986. If he had a slightly longer career on a team that won a little more, there’s an argument to be made he’d be much higher on this list.
Stephone Paige was a very talented player, but he happened to play during one of the roughest stretches in Kansas City Chiefs history. From 1983 through 1988, the team won less than 40 percent of its games with multiple seasons of only four and six wins. It wasn’t until Marty Schottenheimer took the reins in 1989 that the franchise’s fortunes began to change.
Unfortunately, this has left Paige as a somewhat forgotten member of the franchise. He played with a quarterback who completed 60 percent of his passes in only one out of nine seasons and surpassed 1,000 yards receiving only one time in 1990. He still maintains the seventh place all time in receptions, seventh place all time in receiving yards, and fourth place all time in touchdowns.
One has to wonder how much better his career could have been had he played during the franchise’s better years, and for that he deserves a place as an honorable mention on this list.