Best Kansas City Chiefs Players Tournament, Round 2: '70s and '80s Region
We are continuing the second round as we go to the '70s and '80s region. Before we begin, let's take a look at how the fans voted on Wednesday.
No. 1 QB Len Dawson and No. 2 LB Bobby Bell defeated No. 3 CB Emmitt Thomas and No. 4 LB Willie Lanier. The winner of the Dawson and Bell poll will advance to the Final Four of our bracket.
With that said, let's move on to the '70s and '80s region! Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.
No. 1 RB Christian Okoye vs No. 4 WR Stephone Paige
Christian Okoye: Coming out of Enugu, Nigeria, Christian Okoye earned the nickname “The Nigerian Nightmare.” Okoye is not your typical running back. He bulldozed his way through defenders and was as tough a back to take down as has ever carried the pigskin.
Okoye amassed 1,246 carries, 4,897 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns in his six-year career, all with Kansas City. Okoye was the Chiefs' all-time rushing leader when he retired.
Okoye’s best season came in 1989 when he had career highs in a single season for carries with 370, rushing yards with 1,480 and rushing touchdowns with 12. Okoye had only two 1,000-yard seasons and earned a Pro Bowl invitation in 1989 and 1991 for his performances.
He retired early from football because his body was not able to keep up with the intensity of the work.
Who is the better Chief?
Okoye passed C Jack Rudnay in the first round.
Stephone Page: he spent 10 seasons with the Chiefs and became one of team's more dynamic players during some down years.
Paige caught 352 passes for 6,360 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career. Paige’s best season came in 1990 when he snagged 65 catches for 1,021 yards, both career highs. He also had five touchdown receptions that season.
From 1985 through 1991 Paige had at least one catch for 83 consecutive games, which was a record at the time. The record was eventually broken by Tony Gonzalez.
Carlos Carson: he spent all but one year with the Chiefs during his 10 years in the NFL. His playing time in Kansas City gave fans something to look forward to during their time in the competitive wilderness.
Carson caught 352 passes for 6,360 yards and 33 touchdowns as a Chief. Carson had three 1,000-yard seasons with the Chiefs with his best season coming in 1983, when he caught 80 passes for 1,351 yards and pulled in seven touchdowns. All three of those stats were career highs in a single-season.
Carson has the third most receiving yards all-time among all wide receivers in franchise history while sharing the field with Paige, who is his opponent in this round.
Who is the better Chief?
Paige passed WR Carlos Carson in the first round.
No. 2 S Deron Cherry vs No. 6 CB Albert Lewis
Deron Cherry: he is considered one of the more dangerous safeties to play the game during the '80s.
Having spent all 11 seasons in Kansas City, Cherry pulled down 50 interceptions in 141 games. He returned those picks for 688 yards off and took one back for a touchdown.
His best season came in 1986 when Cherry picked off nine passes, good for second in the league that year, one short of Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49ers.
Cherry was voted to six Pro Bowls and has earned five All-Pro recognitions. He was also named part of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team for his performance in Kansas City.
Cherry passed K Nick Lowery in the first round.
Albert Lewis: he was one of the best corners to play for the Chiefs and was one of the bright spots on the defense.
Lewis retired with 38 interceptions for 329 returned yards and no touchdowns. Despite playing cornerback, Lewis was able to take down the quarterback a few times. He recorded 4.5 sacks with the Chiefs and had 12.5 in his career after spending a couple of years in Oakland.
A member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame, Lewis was also voted to four consecutive Pro Bowls, all while playing for Kansas City. His interception total as a Chief puts him fifth all time in franchise history.
Lewis passed RB Joe Delaney in the first round.
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