Which Former Chiefs Player Will Be Inducted to the Pro Football HOF Next?
In the past six years, the Kansas City Chiefs have had the honor of being recognized for their great past. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio agreed to add Emmitt Thomas in 2008, Derrick Thomas in 2009 and Curley Culp in 2013.
Culp is the most recent former Chiefs player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is one of eight members from Kansas City to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and be part of the team's sole Super Bowl championship team.
With Culp being enshrined last week, we will touch on some former Chiefs players who could be next to represent the Chiefs and sport the golden jacket in Canton.
G Will Shields
Regardless of who was under center or which rusher carried the football, quarterbacks and running backs in Kansas City saw a lot of success because of Will Shields and his ability to successfully keep defenders away from ball carriers. Shields is one of seven players to ever be named to the Pro Bowl 12 times.
Shields paved the way for Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson, who all found a lot of success in Kansas City individually.
Shields is currently eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it is likely that his time to join the best in Canton will come soon.
T Jim Tyrer
There are eight members from Kansas City's Super Bowl team in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You can make a strong case that other players from that team are worthy of being inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including offensive tackle Jim Tyrer.
But why has Tyrer been excluded from consideration?
It's possible that selectors want to keep away from adding too many members from the same team or modern selectors have little knowledge of the American Football League.
From just his playing career alone, he played a big part in helping the Chiefs have a successful offense in the '60s and '70s and he gave Len Dawson a lot of protection.
But the unfortunate nature of Tyrer's death, which drew similarities to Jovan Belcher's death, could be the biggest factor that's kept his name away from being considered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He certainly has the credentials from his playing career, being one of the top tackles during his era. But would the NFL face criticism if Tyrer gets inducted, let alone be up for consideration, simply because of his actions moments before his death?
WR Otis Taylor
Otis Taylor, who was Dawson's biggest target, is the most prominent wide receiver to ever put on a Chiefs uniform. His 7,306 yards and 57 touchdowns in his career are the most by a Chiefs wide receiver and the second most in franchise history.
He made a name for himself, but also played a big part in helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings in 1970. Taylor was one of the top receivers during his era and was similar to Raiders wide receiver and Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff
G Ed Budde
While a lot of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers got most of the attention, Ed Budde was one of the first offensive linemen to garner special recognition. He was the first offensive lineman to be named Offensive Player of the Week by the Associated Press. Budde is a member of the All-Time All-AFL First Team after spending his entire career in Kansas City.
Along with Tyrer, Budde helped protect Len Dawson and paved the way for Mike Garrett and Ed Podolak.
Budde was one of the first offensive linemen to make an impact and should receive consideration to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
S Johnny Robinson
While Kansas City made a lot of noise on the offensive side of the ball during the '60s and '70s, the team had some big playmakers on defense. Buck Buchanan, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier and Emmitt Thomas are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for their efforts while playing for the Chiefs. But Canton is missing another player from Kansas City’s Super Bowl defense.
Johnny Robinson, who is 12th all-time for most interceptions in a career with 57, was one of the best defensive players in the AFL. He led the league in interceptions in 1966 and 1970, recording 10 interceptions in each of those two seasons.