Best Kansas City Chiefs Players Tournament, Elite Eight: Super Bowl Era Region

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 30, 2012

Len Dawson during Official Celebrity Gift Lounge - Super Bowl XL - Produced by On 3 Productions - Day 3 at Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/NFLPhotoLibrary for ON 3 PRODUCTIONS)
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It is time to get the Elite Eight underway! The Elite Eight bracket was completed on Wednesday with No. 1 TE Tony Gonzalez and No. 2 RB Priest Holmes breezing through No. 3 T Willie Roaf and No. 5 RB Jamaal Charles.

With the Sweet 16 now complete, all of the Elite Eight players have either a one or two seed.

We will go back to the Super Bowl region as you fans get to determine the best player from the Super Bowl era and who advances to the Final Four.

Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. EST.


No. 1 QB Len Dawson vs No. 2 LB Bobby Bell

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 Bowl 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.

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.

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.