Since 1970, the AFC West division has cranked out many great players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Each team's identity has came from their star players: from Elway and the Broncos, to Howie Long and the Oakland Raiders.
For this article, I gave my best shot at the Top 10 players to ever set foot in the AFC West.
Arguably the best defensive back to ever play in the division.
He was the only DB to ever be selected to eight Pro Bowls within the division.
He tallied 1,038 career tackles for the Denver Broncos, including an insane 173 in 1990, his second year in the league.
He had a nose for making plays, and was one of the most physical safeties that anyone will ever see in the AFC West, let alone the rest of the NFL.
An elusive and smart running back, Allen is the only player on this list who played for two different AFC West teams during his career: the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.
He was selected to six Pro Bowls while playing in both cities.
Like a few others on this list, he is in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Long was a very athletic defensive end for the Oakland Raiders who played from 1981-93.
He picked up 84 career sacks, including over nine in four different seasons. He also racked up eight Pro Bowl selections.
Long was a feared defensive lineman by many who played against him, constantly demanding double teams. At times, he was regarded as "unblockable".
An excellent tight end who played for the Denver Broncos from 1990-2003. Sharpe would have been much higher on this list if it wasn't for the emergence of current NFL TE, and former rival, Tony Gonzalez.
Although Sharpe never possessed Gonzalez' size, he made up for it with strength and speed.
Creating match-up problems the moment he stepped into Mile High Stadium, Sharpe amassed over 10,000 receiving yards.
Sharpe was selected to eight Pro Bowls.
He is known by some as the best defensive tackle in NFL history.
On this list, he is the fourth best defensive player in AFC West history. He piled up 58 saks in his Seahawks career, including a ridiculous 14 in 1992.
Kennedy also had 568 career tackles, a very high amount for a player at his position.
He was selected to eight career Pro Bowls and is regarded as one of the best Seattle Seahawks in team history.
LT was one of the most explosive running backs to ever come through the division.
He was a home-run waiting to happen with the ball in his hands. He was also an extremely versatile back to add to his credit.
Tomlinson rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons from 2001-08. He rushed for over 1,500 yards three different times, and was selected to five Pro Bowls during these years.
LT racked up over 12,000 yards rushing and nearly 4,000 yards receiving in his AFC West career with the San Diego Chargers.
Tony G was the best receiving tight end in AFC West and NFL history, period.
He was also one of the best blocking TEs to ever play in the division, and did it all with grace.
Gonzo had 76 career touchdowns with the Chiefs, and was selected to ten Pro Bowls: most all-time in AFC West Tight End history in both categories.
He was most famous for his great hands, and his infamous dunk through the uprights after each touchdown. In fact, Tony was a former basketball star at the University of California.
The punishing linebacker was a game-changer for Kansas City from 1989-99, making nine Pro Bowl appearances.
Known for his speed, Thomas picked up 126.5 career sacks.
He died from a car accident in 2000, but former AFC West opponents well tell you that they haven't forgot about what it was like to play against the nonstop motor of DT, and how he changed the game so much while he played.
Junior was, statistically speaking, the most efficient linebacker in AFC West history, and one of the most efficient that the NFL has even seen.
In his 13 years in a Charger uniform, Seau was selected to an astonishing 12 Pro Bowls. Seau collected over 45 sacks, 14 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries, and over 1,200 tackles.
Easily one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
Elway made a living of outsmarting defense after defense during his 16-year career with the Broncos. The former first overall pick in the 1983 NFL draft went on to be a nine time Pro Bowler, an NFL MVP, and a two-time Super Bowl champion.
He was arguably most well-known because of his many comeback victories, especially "The Drive" against the Cleveland Browns in 1986.