Best Kansas City Chiefs Players Tournament, Round 1: 2000's Era Region
Here we are in the final day of Round 1 matchups of our Kansas City Chiefs version of March Madness.
On Friday's Marty region, the voters selected No. 1 LB Derrick Thomas, No. 2 G Will Shields, No. 3 RB Marcus Allen and No. 5 DE Neil Smith. The players now eliminated from the tournament are No. 4 QB Joe Montana, No. 6 C Tim Grunhard, No. 7 FB Kimble Anders and No. 8 CB Dale Carter.
The tournament continues to unfold as we try to figure out who is considered the best player of all time in franchise history.
Following Monday's voting, we will begin the second round of the tournament, starting with the Super Bowl region.
For now, let's conclude this round by voting for players in the 2000's region, which includes a couple of active players.
At 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, the votes will be counted and the winners will advance.
No. 1 TE Tony Gonzalez vs. No. 8 LB Tamba Hali
In 190 games as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Tony Gonzalez had no problem shattering the receiving charts in franchise history, despite playing tight end. Gonzalez has 916 receptions for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns in 12 years. He is the only player in franchise history with over 100 receptions and 10,000 receiving yards.
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His best season came in 2004 where he shattered the record for most receptions in a single season by a tight end with 102, which was also more than any pass-catcher that season. Gonzalez finished the season with a career high 1,258 receiving yards.
Gonzalez owns the league record for career receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches among all tight ends. As Gonzalez has his name on many record charts, his most notable accomplishment is placing himself second all-time for most receptions in a career. He owns the record for most 1,000-yard receiving seasons for a tight end.
While playing for the Chiefs, Gonzalez has played in 10 Pro Bowls and has earned nine All-Pro honors. The Chiefs have not issued Gonzalez’s jersey number, 88, to another player during the regular season since his departure in 2009.
Since being drafted in 2006, Tamba Hali has played two different positions and is managing to find success after switching to outside linebacker in a new defensive scheme while playing for the Chiefs.
Hali has 53.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles and one safety in six years. While playing the outside linebacker position, Hali is being recognized as one of the league’s most dangerous pass-rushers.
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Hali shined in 2010 when he recorded double-digit sacks for the first time in his career. He led the AFC in sacks with 14.5 while forcing four fumbles.
He has earned two Pro Bowl invitations and one selection to the All-Pro team.
No. 4 QB Trent Green vs. No. 5 RB Jamaal Charles
No quarterback has been more serviceable than Trent Green has since the merger. In only 88 games, Green has placed himself behind Len Dawson in many passing categories.
Green is second in franchise history in passing yards (21,459), completions (1,720) and passing touchdowns (118). He has the highest career completion percentage among all passers in franchise history including Dawson and Joe Montana. He also has the longest pass for 99 yards in a pass to Marc Boerigter in 2002 against San Diego.
Green threw for 4,000 passing yards for three consecutive years. He was second in the league in passing in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
While resurrecting his career in Kansas City and playing under center for a high-powered offense, Green was voted to two Pro Bowls.
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Jamaal Charles made the best of the opportunity given to him when the Kansas City Chiefs released Larry Johnson. Even though he has only played in 49 games (starting in 19 of them), in four years, Charles is already ninth in rushing yards in franchise history.
Even though he has just 3,027 yards since entering the league in 2008 from Texas, Charles has the highest career yard-per-carry average in franchise history. Charles is going strong and yielding his speed with a 6.1 yard-per-carry average in his career.
This all comes off as very impressive because Charles has spent his entire career sharing the backfield, which many teams are doing in the NFL today.
Charles has become the only player in league history to rush for 1,100 yards in 200 or fewer carries. When Charles did so in 2009, he broke his own record by reaching 1,100 yards in even fewer carries, shining under the national spotlight in 2010. Charles eventually went on to win the 2010 FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award. He also has one Pro Bowl invitation and one All-Pro honor.
At only 25 years old, Charles is on pace to shatter many franchise rushing records. He already owns the Chiefs’ single-game rushing record with 259 yards against Denver during the 2009 season finale.
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No. 3 T Willie Roaf vs. No. 6 WR Dwayne Bowe
Coming from the New Orleans Saints, Willie Roaf was big while contributing to Kansas City’s hot offense under Dick Vermeil.
Playing in 58 games, Roaf had no problems protecting Green and paving the way for Priest Holmes and Johnson during his years as a tackle in Kansas City.
Roaf was selected to three Pro Bowls and was selected to one All-Pro team as a member of the Chiefs.
Roaf will represent his old team, the Saints, as he is inducted to the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will be the first player in Saints history to be inducted.
Dwayne Bowe’s career started off with a bang. He led all first-year receivers in receptions (70), yards (995 yards) and touchdowns (5). No rookie receiver has done as well as Bowe in the franchise's history.
Bowe has the first and second most receptions in a single season among all wide receivers in franchise history. In 2008, he had his first 1,000-yard receiving season, despite Gonzalez also catching for 1,000 yards that year.
Bowe’s best season came in 2010 where he caught 72 passes for 1,162 yards. Bowe passed Chris Burford for most receiving touchdowns in a single season in Chiefs history with 15.
Since entering the league in 2007, Bowe has one Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. He has 356 receptions for 4,927 yards and 36 receiving touchdowns. Fans are hoping Bowe signs a long-term contract, in which Bowe might be able to shatter every notable franchise receiving record.
No. 2 RB Priest Holmes vs. No. 7 KR Dante Hall
Statistically, Holmes is the best running back in franchise history. Holmes, like Green, tried to save his career with the Chiefs after spending four years in Baltimore.
In his first three years, Holmes had over 1,400 rushing yards each season. In 2002, his second year with the team, Holmes accumulated 2,305 total yards with 1,615 of them on the ground. In 2003, Holmes shattered Marshall Faulk’s record for most touchdowns in a single season with 27. Shaun Alexander and LaDainian Tomlinson eventually passed Holmes, who is now third for most touchdowns in a season.
While playing for the Chiefs, Holmes was voted to three Pro Bowls and earned the same amount of All-Pro honors. In 2002, he won the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.
As a Chief, Holmes rushed for 6,070 yards and scored 76 touchdowns on the ground—both franchise records.
Dante Hall could very well be labeled as the most electrifying kick returner in NFL history.
Hall’s returning career sparked in 2002 where he caught everyone’s attention after scoring three touchdowns on special teams in just two weeks. In December of 2002 against St. Louis, Hall returned a kickoff and a punt back for a touchdown to help the Chiefs blow out the Rams.
In 2003, Hall gave the Chiefs multiple fourth-quarter leads with a touchdown on special teams. He set an NFL record for taking a kickoff or a punt back for a touchdown in four consecutive games. His most memorable game that season was against Denver, in which Hall reversed directions twice and found an open lane for a 93-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter, eventually giving the Chiefs a 24-23 win over the Broncos.
Combining the ending of the 2002 season and the early part of the 2003 season, Hall had seven touchdowns on special teams in 10 games.
Hall returned 10,526 total yards and had 11 touchdowns from kickoffs and punt returns. He earned two Pro Bowl invitations and was selected to two All-Pro teams.
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