Ranking the KC Chiefs Pro Football Hall of Fame members

Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Thomas in action during the 2002 NFL season. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Thomas in action during the 2002 NFL season. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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Chiefs, Bobby Bell
BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 1, 1967: Defensive lineman Bobby Bell #78 and runningback Gene Thomas #45 of the Kansas City Chiefs pour champagne as they celebrate in the lockeroom while runningback Curtis McClinton #32 (right) is interviewed after the AFL Championship Game on January 1, 1967 against the Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York. Head coach Hank Stram (in hat and overcoat) is pictured in the lower front. JV00330 (Photo by: John Vawter Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images) /

#2 – Bobby Bell, Outside Linebacker – Class of 1983

You might say that Bobby Bell was the steal of the 1963 AFL Draft. The Chiefs drafted seven players before him, nabbing Bell at end of the seventh round. Bell was the 12th of 25 linebackers taken in that draft, one of only two to eventually made the Hall of Fame.

Bell is one of the most decorated players in Chiefs history, but he almost didn’t end up with the franchise. A two-time All American tackle and one-time Outland Trophy award winner at the University of Minnesota, Bell was drafted both by the Chiefs (AFL) and the Minnesota Vikings (NFL) in 1963.

Mainstream sentiment was that Bell would choose the much older NFL, a tale too often told in the early days of the AFL-NFL battle for talent. It’s a major reason why he was drafted so late in the AFL Draft.

To the chagrin of the Vikings, lady luck was with the Chiefs in those days. In what was viewed as a major victory for the AFL, Bell opted to leave Minnesota and take his talents to the Chiefs new home of Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.

Bell and the Chiefs were nothing short of a perfect match. Moving from defensive line to outside linebacker, Bell would make nine straight All Star appearances and be named to the equivalent of seven straight All Pro squads.

The former college quarterback was one of the greatest players of his era on the defensive side of the ball. The definition of a “freak” even in today’s standards, and the first Chiefs player in the Hall of Fame, he was a major reason for the Chiefs two Super Bowl appearances and the Super Bowl IV victory over the other team that drafted him.

There will be those who think he’s too high on this list, but he was one of the greatest players of his era, a two-time AFL champion, and one-time Super Bowl champion. There’s few players on this list with those kind of credentials.

“The greatest lineman I have ever seen.” – Murray Warmath, U of Minnesota Head Coach