Ranking the top 10 Kansas City Chiefs linebackers of all time

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell (Photo by James Flores/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell (Photo by James Flores/Getty Images) /
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Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell (78) sacks Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr (15) during Super Bowl I, a 35-10 Packers victory on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by James Flores/Getty Images) /

The Kansas City Chiefs have a storied history at the linebacker position, but who are the top 10?

Linebacker is one of the great positions in all of sports. Those who play this position usually possess great size and strength similar to that of defensive lineman, making them tower over the average human being.

At least at the professional level, these giants also usually possess great speed. This gives them unique ability to fly around offensive tackles, crushing quarterbacks in their wake, or track down speedy running backs in the open field. They are a statistical anomaly, and it’s arguably a reason why our brains are so impressed by their exploits.

The Kansas City Chiefs, in particular, have an illustrious history at the linebacker position. In fact, some of the biggest names to ever run out of the red and gold tunnel at Kansas City Municipal Stadium and eventually Arrowhead Stadium have played right in the middle of the defense.

The following list contains the best 10 players to ever play for the Chiefs at the linebacker position. In order to make this list, a player must have played the vast majority of their career at the linebacker position and with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Additionally, those who were at the very top of their position league-wide for the longest are generally ranked higher than those who had superstar stretches bookended by average production.

Finally, credence was given to those who were champions. It was not a requirement for a higher ranking, but it was a major factor. So, without further adieu, here are the greatest 10 linebackers to ever play for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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