Jamaal Charles and the Most Exciting Players in Kansas City Chiefs History
Dear past and present players of the Kansas City Chiefs,
Making this list is easy.
Provide the Arrowhead faithful with thrilling, unforgettable moments, while playing your position well for a decent amount of time and maybe you can earn a spot here.
My sincere apologies to the gentlemen that occupy the offensive and defensive lines, but this is not for you.
This list is compiled of the most exciting players in franchise history, so let the arguments begin.
Number 10: Joe Montana
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In only two short seasons, Joe Montana led the Chiefs to an AFC Championship appearance and helped energize an entire fan base.
Montana reached the playoffs during both of his seasons at the helm, and provided many of the most memorable moments in franchise history.
Two come-from-behind playoff wins in 1993 against Houston and Pittsburgh were rarefied air for Kansas City fans, who had witnessed only one playoff victory since the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 1970.
Montana was injury prone during his tenure, and only played in 25 games as a Chief, but his value to the franchise can not be overlooked.
Had he been able to gut out another season or two, Montana might have had a chance to be ranked a little higher.
However, this epic Monday Night Football moment is more than enough to garner a place on this list.
Number 9: Jamaal Charles
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If he comes back fully healed from a knee injury that derailed his 2011 campaign, Jamaal Charles could start making his way up these rankings soon.
The former Texas Longhorn has averaged over six yards per carry during his time in Kansas City, and Charles is one the best running backs in the league.
Charles' speed and agility have made him one of the most must-see players in team history and when he gets in the open field, it truly is a sight to see.
He burst on to the scene with a 259-yard performance against Denver in the 2009 season finale, and Charles hasn't looked back since.
Charles is a legit play maker, and look for him to build upon his impressive resume in 2012.
Number 8: Emmitt Thomas
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Cornerback Emmitt Thomas played his entire career in Kansas City and was an interception machine.
Thomas made the squad as an rookie free agent in 1966, then he proceeded to pick off 58 passes during his illustrious career.
He also intercepted three passes in the 1969 playoffs, helping the Chiefs to win their first ever championship.
He was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, and Thomas remains a favorite of Kansas City fans everywhere due to his exciting defensive play.
Number 7: Len Dawson
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The fact that Len Dawson is the only quarterback to lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory gives him enough moxie to make this list.
Dawson was regarded as a bust when he failed to pan out for the Steelers during the late 1950's, but then signed with the Dallas Texans in 1962 and made an immediate impact.
The Ohio native won the Sporting News AFL MVP award that season and became an AFL legend.
Dawson's crowning moment came in 1970, when he lead the Chiefs to their first and only Lombardi Trophy against the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings.
Number 6: Tony Gonzalez
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Simply put, Tony Gonzalez is the greatest tight end to ever lace up a pair of NFL cleats.
He has broken every tight end record, and as his career comes to a close he is starting to launch his own assault on wide receivers as well.
The former Golden Bear is now second all-time in receptions behind Jerry Rice, and it doesn't appear likely than any wide out will be catching Gonzalez any time soon.
What makes his career even more surprising is the fact that Gonzalez has amassed these totals with nothing much to speak of at the quarterback position in Kansas City, outside of Trent Green.
Gonzalez played in only a handful of playoff games for Kansas City, but he still makes this list with ease.
Tony Gonzalez is due back in Arrowhead for the first time since he was traded to Atlanta this upcoming season, and he should be applauded for his career accomplishments during his time as a Chief.
Number 5: Abner Haynes
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“he was a franchise player before they talked about franchise players.”
This is what legendary coach Hank Stram had to say about Abner Haynes on his Hall of Honor page for the Chiefs website.
Haynes was an all-purpose superstar during his time as a Texan and Chief and he still owns 10 franchise records.
His 8,442 total yards from scrimmage is a record that still stands in Kansas City.
He won Associated Press MVP honors during his rookie campaign and will be remembered as one of the most elusive players in franchise history
The number 28 is retired in Kansas City, and Haynes will be remembered as one of the most exciting running backs to play in red and gold.
Number 4: Dante Hall
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During the the middle part of last decade it was hard to imagine a more frightening player than return ace Dante Hall.
Hall was generously listed at 5-foot-8, but the pint-sized speedster was a terror for opposing teams in 2003 when he recorded a return score during four consecutive games.
After Dick Vermeil left Kansas City, the magic that was Hall's trademark seemed to evade him, and he subsequently was traded to the Rams.
Hall was still the most exciting player on any football field during a short span and that distinction alone gives him enough gusto to crack the top five.
Number 3: Otis Taylor
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Otis Taylor was the favorite target for Len Dawson during Kansas City's dominance of the AFL, and is one of the most criminally underrated receivers ever.
Taylor hauled in 410 passes and 57 touchdown during his illustrious career and was a key member of the franchise's 1969 championship team.
Taylor proved how exciting he was in Super Bowl IV, when he took a short comeback route 46 yards for a touchdown to clinch the first and only championship in franchise history.
Number 2: Bobby Bell
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Bobby Bell was a freakish athlete during his time in Kansas City and one of the AFL's marquee players.
A member of three championship teams, Bell is widely considered one of the greatest linebackers to ever play.
For eleven seasons, he anchored a tough defense for the Chiefs, and no list of great players is complete without Bobby Bell near the top.
Number 1A: Priest Holmes
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When Priest Holmes was in Kansas City, LaDainian Tomlinson was widely considered the best running back in the league.
Holmes was a beast in his own right and had he not injured his neck in 2005, he might have made a push for Canton.
He had 1,555 rushing yards in his first season as a Chief, and Holmes is the only running back outside of Emmitt Smith to record two consecutive 20-touchdown seasons.
Holmes attempted a comeback in 2007, but it was cut short when he hurt his neck yet again, but Holmes still remains a beloved member of the Kansas City community.
His 83 touchdowns as a Chief are more than enough to place him at number one on this list.
Number 1: Derrick Thomas
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It may seem like the easy way out, but picking between Priest Holmes and Derrick Thomas was nearly impossible.
Before his untimely passing in 2000, Thomas was the face of the Chiefs for ten seasons, and his 41 forced fumbles are still good for the fifth most in NFL history.
He was a nightmare for opposing offenses and it still boggles the mind that some do not put Thomas in the same class as Lawrence Taylor when speaking about the league's greatest outside linebackers.
Thomas produced only six less quarterback sacks than LT, while playing in 15 fewer games.
Thomas finally gained his rightful spot in Canton in 2009, and he remains arguably the most exciting Chief to ever play the game.