Kansas City Chiefs: Top 5 Fullbacks in Franchise History
The fullback position is not the most popular position on the field. Typically, some fullbacks will receive touches while also spending time blocking defenders.
Kansas City has had a couple of serviceable fullbacks along with two whom fans will never forget.
Who are the top five fullbacks in Kansas City Chiefs history? Find out and let me know what you think about this list!
5. Kris Wilson
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When Ronnie Cruz was hit with an injury midway through the 2006 season, the Chiefs decided to take Kris Wilson away from his tight end duties and have him line up as a fullback.
Starting in 10 games after Cruz's injury, Wilson caught 15 catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns. He caught two touchdown passes from Damon Huard and one from Trent Green.
Wilson was also helpful in aiding Larry Johnson through with some big blocks, helping him rush for over 1,700 yards when Johnson got off to a slow start to the season.
Wilson earned the chance to be the Chiefs starting fullback in 2007 after an impressive showing in 2006. Today, Wilson still plays the fullback position, giving teams some versatility.
4. Mike Cox
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Mike Cox could very well be the most underrated player from the Chiefs roster in 2010.
Kansas City's offense surprised a lot of football fans around the league, mostly in rushing. One big reason was Cox's ability to pave the way for Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.
Cox already had experience in 2009 when he helped Charles reach the 1,000-yard mark off a few carries.
Cox came through again for the Chiefs and helped Charles and Jones rush for more yards than any running back duo in the league in 2010.
It was Cox who went up and occupied the first defender he saw to allow Charles and Jones to get through.
3. James Hadnot
During the 1981 season, rookie Joe Delaney gave the Chiefs a big spark in the running game. Delaney amassed 1,121 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
Meanwhile, Delaney got help from Jim Hadnot and multiple backs to keep the Chiefs rushing attack alive.
Hadnot got 140 carries and came away with 603 yards. His numbers, along with Delaney’s and a couple of others, helped the Chiefs finish third in 1981 for most rushing yards.
The impressive part about this fleet was that it was Delaney's rookie season while Hadnot was in his second season in the NFL. But both players had short careers, making fans wonder what this duo could have been if they had continued to play in Kansas City.
2. Kimble Anders
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During the Marty Schottenheimer and Carl Peterson era, the Chiefs came across an undrafted fullback out of Houston by the name of Kimble Anders in 1991. There was not a lot that was said about Anders coming out of college, but the Chiefs saw something in him no other team did.
Despite not being drafted, Anders turned into the most versatile fullback in the NFL during the 1990s. His numbers were impressive for a fullback. Anders rushed for 2,261 yards with a 4.6 yard per carry average in his career. He also caught 2,829 yards and scored 18 total touchdowns, nine receiving and nine rushing.
Anders received three Pro Bowl invitations and spent his entire career with the Chiefs.
1. Tony Richardson
When the Dallas Cowboys cut Tony Richardson in 1994, his chances of playing as a rookie were shattered. But Peterson brought Richardson to Kansas City in 1995. It was the start of a special 11-season run as a member of the Chiefs.
Richardson was more of a blocker than a rusher and catcher, but he had no problem taking that role with great pride. He established a strong career by pushing through for Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes and Johnson.
Richardson earned two Pro Bowl honors as a Chief, sealing a guaranteed spot in the Chiefs and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kansas City's Next Fullback
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With the departure of two-time Pro Bowler Le'Ron McClain, the Chiefs fullback position is wide open. Who is the favorite to currently take that job? As of now, it could be Shane Bannon, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft.
Bannon will be closely watched during the preseason as McClain did not live up to Kansas City's expectations last season. Bannon spent all of his rookie season on the practice squad, not appearing in any games. His second season with the Chiefs could very well feel like his rookie season.
But in the end, the former Yale product has a chance to live the dream of being an NFL starter, giving him the opportunity to prove himself.