Best Kansas City Chiefs Players Tournament, Round 2: Super Bowl Era Region
The first round of the best Kansas City Chiefs players' tournament is over, and it is time to kickoff round two!
Before we begin, the winners from Monday's voting were No. 1 TE Tony Gonzalez, No. 2 RB Priest Holmes, No. 3 T Willie Roaf and No. 5 RB Jamaal Charles.
Today, we now begin the second round of the tournament with winners from the Super Bowl region.
Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.
No. 1 QB Len Dawson vs No. 4 LB Willie Lanier
Len Dawson: Len Dawson played for the Dallas Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs for 14 seasons. During his time as the Chiefs' quarterback, Dawson got the opportunity to be part of something special and do something the franchise has not done in 42 years.
Dawson led the Chiefs to their first and only Super Bowl victory in 1970 against the Minnesota Vikings. Dawson and the Chiefs stunned the Vikings, giving Kansas City the last Super Bowl trophy before the NFL-AFL merger. With only one Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise, Dawson is the only Super MVP in Chiefs history.
Other championship success compiled by the Chiefs with Dawson under center consists of three AFL titles.
Individually, Dawson found a lot of success, as he was selected to six All-Star games and one Pro Bowl. He is one of five Chiefs to ever win the NFL Man of the Year Award. He also holds the NFL and AFL record for leading the league in completion percentage for more seasons than any other quarterback.
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With all of his accomplishments, his jersey, No. 16, is retired. Dawson is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and currently serves as the color commentator alongside Mitch Holthus for Chiefs games on 101 the Fox.
Dawson passed by K Jan Stenerud in the first round.
Willie Lanier: Following a Super Bowl I loss to the Green Bay Packers in 1967, Hank Stram and the Chiefs drafted Willie Lanier. Along with his accomplishments, Lanier is very well known as one of the greatest linebackers to play the game because he was the first black middle linebacker to play professional football.
While spending his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Lanier picked off 27 passes in regular season and postseason contests combined. Lanier also recorded two sacks and a pair of defensive touchdowns during his time playing professional football.
His biggest game was in the Super Bowl against the Vikings, where he had seven tackles and one interception to help the Chiefs defense hold the Vikings to seven points and go on to win the fourth Super Bowl.
As a member of the Pro football Hall of Fame, Lanier has been selected to two AFL All-Star games and six Pro Bowls. He is the first of five Chiefs to win the NFL Man of the Year award. His jersey, No. 63, is retired by the Chiefs.
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Lanier passed by DT Buck Buchanan in the first round.
No. 2 LB Bobby Bell vs No. 3 CB Emmitt Thomas
Bobby Bell: Bobby Bell is not only known to be the best linebacker to ever play the game, but he is praised as a player and a gifted athlete who had the ability to play all 22 positions.
Bell’s defensive presence was the biggest for the Chiefs during the championship era. Bell’s 26 interceptions and 40 sacks helped the Chiefs be a force on defense during the 60’s and 70’s.
His defensive performance helped the Chiefs win their only Super Bowl in 1970. He paved the way for many great linebackers in Kansas City.
Bell has six AFL All-Star appearances and three NFL Pro Bowl honors while spending his entire professional career with the Chiefs. He is a current member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His jersey, No. 78, is retired by the Chiefs.
Bell passed by G Ed Budde in the first round.
Emmitt Thomas: Another player highly regarded by the franchise for spending his entire professional playing career in Kansas City is Emmitt Thomas. The Chiefs' defense under Stram had many big pieces, with Thomas being one of them at cornerback.
One of his biggest seasons as an individual came in 1969, when the Chiefs made a Super Bowl run. Thomas earned nine interceptions during that season, the second most interceptions he collected in a single season.
In his 13 seasons with the Chiefs, Thomas racked up 58 interceptions, returning them for 937 yards and five touchdowns. His interception total is the most in franchise history and the ninth most in league history.
Along with a Super Bowl ring in stock, Thomas has been selected to five Pro Bowls. He is a current member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His jersey, No. 18, is retired by the Chiefs.
Thomas currently serves as the defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Thomas passed by WR Otis Taylor in the first round.
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