Best Kansas City Chiefs Players Tournament: Championship Round

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIApril 13, 2012

26 Dec 1998: Derrick Thomas #58 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs during the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 31-24.
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We started with 32 Kansas City Chiefs players and have narrowed it down to two. You get to decide who is the all-time best player in franchise history.

The final vote is between No. 1 quarterback Len Dawson and No. 1 linebacker Derrick Thomas. 

Voting ends Friday night at 11:59 p.m. ET. May the best Chief win!


No. 1 QB Len Dawson vs. No. 1 LB Derrick Thomas


Len Dawson

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 do something special that the franchise has not done in 42 years, leading 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 includes three AFL titles.

Individually, Dawson found 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's 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.

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. His No. 16 jersey is retired.

Dawson passed No. 2 S Deron Cherry in the Final Four.


Derrick Thomas

With the fourth pick in the 1989 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Thomas out of Alabama. Thomas was the first defensive player selected in the 1989 draft and proved why he earned the honors he won.

While spending his entire career with the Chiefs, Thomas collected a franchise-high 126.5 sacks. His most dominant season came in 1990, when he crushed opposing quarterbacks 20 times. Throughout the '90s, Thomas was known as the league’s most dangerous pass-rusher.

He was the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year and went on to be not only noticed, but unstoppable.

Thomas holds the franchise record for forced fumbles in a season and career, fumbles recovered in a career, sacks in a single season and safeties in a career. The most prestigious record held by Thomas is when he recorded an NFL-high seven sacks in one game.

His career was cut short due to a car accident in 2000.

Thomas was voted to nine Pro Bowls and won six All-Pro honors. He has a spot in both the Chiefs and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also one of five Chiefs players to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

His No. 58 jersey is retired by the Chiefs.

Thomas passed No. 1 TE Tony Gonzalez in the Final Four.